UPDATE 1/11/2020 7:47pm: The suspect in this case has been contacted by law enforcement officials in Carlsbad, New Mexico and is currently in custody. The stolen vehicle has not been located. We appreciate everyone who shared this information and called in tips.
On Friday, January 10, 2020, at approximately 11:39pm, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to the area of 25 Road and G Road on a report of a car crash. A witness stated that a female had jumped from the driver’s seat of a white SUV and the vehicle had subsequently crashed into a fence in the area. The female fled on foot. The witness stated that there was a male passenger in the vehicle as well. By the time officers arrived on scene minutes later, the male passenger and vehicle were no longer in the area.
While officers were speaking with the witness on scene, they were approached by a female who stated that she was the original driver of the crashed vehicle. The victim stated that she was an Uber driver and had picked up a male passenger from an address in Fruita who hired her to take him downtown. During the transport, the male reportedly brandished a gun and demanded the driver take him to the desert. The victim ultimately jumped from the vehicle while it was in motion to escape the suspect, and the suspect fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle. Medical personnel evaluated the female victim on scene, who suffered only minor injuries.
Through investigation, officers and detectives with the Grand Junction Police Department have identified the suspect in this case as Adam Salaz, 23, of Grand Junction. Neither Salaz nor the vehicle have been located at this time, and an arrest warrant for charges including kidnapping and theft has been issued for Salaz.
Anyone with information on this case or the possible location of Salaz or the stolen vehicle is urged to call 9-1-1. A previous booking photo of Salaz is included. He is described as 6’1″, 135 lbs, with brown “poofy” hair and brown eyes. The vehicle is a 2019 white Toyota CHR, with Colorado license plate ABJL93.
Salaz is considered armed and dangerous. If you see him or know his whereabouts, do not attempt to make contact with him; call 9-1-1. Further information will be released as it becomes available.