Citizen Report Leads to Arrest of Fugitive Sex Offender #GVCopBeat

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img_2299-5A good example of “see something, say something…”

This morning, the Grand Junction Police Department received a call from a manager of a local grocery store.  The manager wanted to report that an adult male had been in their store repeatedly and had made unwanted advances toward several female employees, making the employees feel uncomfortable and uneasy.  The employees decided to do a little proactive research on the male and, through an internet search of the name he’d provided, were able to determine that he was a sex offender.

The manager called the police department to share this information and to ensure that the male was in compliance with his registration requirements.  He was not.  The male has a lengthy history of violent crimes, including rape and bank robbery, and was very much out of compliance with his registration requirements in Boulder County, which was where he was supposed to be residing.

Thankfully, these employees paid attention to their intuition and called us.  With the information they provided, officers were able to locate the suspect, Bruce Cook, 66, at a motel on Horizon Drive and arrest him for four outstanding warrants, including one for Failure to Register.  When the male was contacted, he was found to have suspected methamphetamine, resulting in additional charges of Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance (DF4) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He is currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility.  As of this post, a current booking photo of Cook was not available.

We’d like to be able to be everywhere, all the time, and prevent crime from happening, but that’s not possible.  So, when savvy citizens like the ones we worked with today partner with us to ensure their work, their neighborhood, and their community are safe, it’s a win.

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