At 10:30 this morning, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a report of a hit and run accident in the 700 Block of Horizon Drive. Upon arrival, officers contacted one of the parties of the crash, as well as several witnesses to the incident.
The victim reported that she was driving southbound on Horizon Drive when a truck pulled out of a parking lot and struck her vehicle. The victim stated that the driver of the truck pulled up next to her and began to yell and spit at her. The victim attempted to take a picture of the truck, at which time the driver of the truck pulled in front of her and stopped in the roadway. The driver exited the vehicle and approached the victim. The victim told officers that the driver of the truck struck her and attempted to take her phone. A struggle ensued and when bystanders approached to intervene, the driver of the truck got back in his vehicle and fled the area.
Utilizing the picture the victim had captured with her phone, the officers were able to search the license plate of the truck to locate a photo of the registered owner, who the victim positively identified as the suspect. Information regarding the suspect and suspect vehicle was shared with law enforcement throughout Mesa County.
This afternoon, one very observant Grand Junction Police officer located the suspect vehicle parked at Mesa Mall. Officers contacted the suspect inside the mall and ultimately arrested 25-year old Leroy Navarrette, of Grand Junction, for two counts of Criminal Attempt, Robbery, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Hit and Run, and Lane Use Violation. Navarrette was remanded to the Mesa County Detention Facility.