Assault Investigation

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Here’s our latest news release regarding an assault investigation:

Assault Update #1

Case # 11-35864

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo –  The Grand Junction Police Department is continuing its investigation of a possible assault.  We are gathering information and evidence to piece together exactly what lead up to a woman receiving serious injuries.

A possible suspect has been taken into custody.  At this point we have not charged him in relation to this morning’s incident, however he has been booked into the jail for parole violations. 

 If anyone has information about this incident they can call the Grand Junction Police Department at 242-6707, call Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP, send the information via the web at www.241stop.com, or text CRIMES to 241STOP and include your tip information.  The identity of the person providing the information will remain anonymous. 

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Previously Released Information:

 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo –  On July 28, 2011 at approximately 0240 hrs, Grand Junction Police officers were dispatched to the area of Northern Way and Patterson Rd. on the report of an unknown problem.

 Upon arrival in the area of Northern Way and Patterson Road Officers located a female with injuries from an assault. The victim was known to the suspect, who was taken into custody in the area of Northern Way and Patterson Road.

The suspect and victim’s names are not being released at this time due to the ongoing investigation. 

The victim was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of her injuries. It is unknown the extent of the injuries at this time but they do involve serious bodily injury.

Fatal Crash on I70 Update

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Fatal Crash on I70 Near Horizon Dr. Update #1

Case # 11-35743

 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo –  All lanes of I70, including the on-ramp, are back open again after this afternoon’s fatal crash just west of Horizon Dr.  Officers cleared the scene at about 7:50pm.  At this time the accident remains under investigation, and neither alcohol nor speed are suspected of being factors in the cause of the crash

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office will release the name of the man who was killed once it has completed its investigation.

Previously Released Information:

 

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo –  The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating a fatal crash that happened just west of Horizon Dr.  At about 3:15 this afternoon, a man driving a white pickup was westbound on I70 coming around the curve at Horizon Dr.  The driver, who was in the outside lane, went off the right side of the road, struck a light pole, and rolled the truck.  The driver died at the scene.  Firefighters used equipment to cut away parts of the vehicle that had pinned the passenger, who was partially ejected during the crash.  That man was taken to the hospital with what appeared to be serious injuries. 

The westbound on-ramp at I70 is closed, as is one lane of westbound I70 while investigators reconstruct the accident and clean up the debris.

The names of those involved in the crash are not being released until family members have been notified.

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Fatal Crash on I70

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Fatal Crash on I70 Near Horizon Dr.
Case # 11-35743

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo –  The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating a fatal crash that happened just west of Horizon Dr.  At about 3:15 this afternoon, a man driving a white pickup was westbound on I70 coming around the curve at Horizon Dr.  The driver, who was in the outside lane, went off the right side of the road, struck a light pole, and rolled the truck.  The driver died at the scene.  Firefighters used equipment to cut away parts of the vehicle that had pinned the passenger, who was partially ejected during the crash.  That man was taken to the hospital with what appeared to be serious injuries.

The westbound on-ramp at I70 is closed, as is one lane of westbound I70 while investigators reconstruct the accident and clean up the debris.

The names of those involved in the crash are not being released until family members have been notified.

US Bank Robbery Photos

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Do you know who this man is?

These are surveillance photos of a man who robbed the US Bank at 2448 F Rd just after 10:30 this morning. He walked into the bank and up to a teller, showed her a note demanding money and indicated he had a weapon.  The suspect then ran out of the bank and was last seen heading north on foot.

 There were 5 employees and 2 customers in the store at the time of the robbery.  No one was injured.  Caprock Academy was placed on lockdown for a short time while we searched the area for the suspect.

The suspect is described as a white man, approximately 5-feet 10-inches tall, with a thin build, wearing a red shirt, khaki hat with an unknown logo on it, dark sunglasses, and tan pants or shorts.  He has short brown hair.

If anyone has information about this suspect they can call the Grand Junction Police Department at 242-6707, call Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP, send the information via the web at www.241stop.com, or text CRIMES to 241STOP and include your tip information.  The identity of the person providing the information will remain anonymous.

 

Incident Dispatch Team Assisting with Fire Fight

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An IDT Dispatcher uses a radio to talk to crews working the fire

Several of our dispatchers who are part of the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center Incident Dispatch Team (IDT) have been assigned to the Kannah Creek Fire.  They are split into two, 12-hour shifts, and are monitoring and helping to coordinate the ground crews, as well as relaying messages to the air center. 

The Mobile Communication Vehicle

The IDT operates our Mobile Communication Vehicle (a dispatch center on wheels), which is proving very useful in a remote area where communication through established towers is very difficult.

Here’s the latest news release regarding the Kannah Creek Fire:

NEWS RELEASE

July 25, 2011 6 p.m.

Contact: David Boyd, UCR Public Information Officer, 970 319-4130

Tom Alvarez, UCR Public Information Officer, 970 210-2126

Kannah Creek Fire doesn’t grow, full containment expected tomorrow

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The 42-acre Kannah Creek Fire 40 miles southeast of Grand Junction did not grow today, and fire officials have elected to fully contain the fire.

The fire was given the opportunity to grow today on National Forest lands on the north and east flanks to help reduce fuel and improve forest health, but fire activity was minimal. With increasing moist air expected over the region, the potential for the fire to grow further over the next week is low.

With about 125 firefighting personal and two helicopters currently working the fire, fire officials decided this evening to go ahead and secure fire line around the entire perimeter. Full containment is expected tomorrow, and the fire is not expected to grow further.

Fire officials have flexibility in managing lightning-ignited fires such as this one. When the fire actively burned on Sunday, firefighters worked to keep its spread onto City of Grand Junction-owned lands to a minimum, but did not take suppression actions on the north and east flanks. This allowed fire to play its natural, beneficial role on National Forest lands.

Kannah Creek Trail, Carson Lake, Deep Creek Trail and Drop Off Point Trail remain closed as firefighters continue to work the fire.

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Taco Bell Shooting Update

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A GJPD criminalist photographs evidence the night of the shooting.

 

Suspects Involved in Homicide and Robberies Identified

Two People are in Custody; Warrants Issued for Two Others

Case # 11-33812, 11-33769, 11-33727 and 11-33773

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo –  After an intensive investigation, the Grand Junction Police Department has identified four suspects involved in the shooting that took place outside the Taco Bell on Saturday, July 16.  The same group of people is also linked to two armed robberies and a burglary that took place in Grand Junction earlier that day. 

Lester Miranda-Davis (DOB: 08-26-92) is currently being held in the Mesa County Jail on the charges listed below.  Christian Fuentes (DOB: 06-01-91) is currently in custody in California on unrelated charges.  He also has a GJPD warrant for the charges listed below in connection with our investigation.  Warrants have also been issued for two other suspects, Jaime Cardenas (DOB: 08-14-91) and Fidel Silva (DOB: 05-19-87), who are currently at large, however we have reason to believe they have left Colorado.  As soon as investigators are at a point where releasing photos of the suspects would not jeopardize the investigation, we will do so.  

Because this is an ongoing investigation, the courts have sealed the case.  Further information will be released at a time when doing so would not jeopardize it. 

It is important for the community to know that we believe the four incidents that took place last Saturday were all committed by the same group of suspects.  Moreover, we currently believe that the suspects are either in custody or currently out of our area.  Detectives are working closely with other law enforcement partners to locate the two suspects who are still outstanding. 

If anyone has additional information about this incident or the whereabouts of the two suspects still at large they can call the Grand Junction Police Department at 242-6707, call Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP, send the information via the web at www.241stop.com, or text CRIMES to 241STOP and include your tip information.  The identity of the person providing the information will remain anonymous. 

CHARGES:

Lester Miranda-Davis: 1st deg.burglary, felony theft, aggravated robbery, felony menacing (3 counts), theft, 1st deg. Murder, attempted 1st deg. Murder (2 counts), 1st deg. Assault (3 counts) 

Christian Fuentes: 1st deg. Burglary (2 counts), felony theft (2 counts), aggravated robbery (2 counts), felony menacing (5 counts), misdemeanor theft, 1st deg. Murder, attempted 1st deg. Murder (2 counts), 1st deg. Assault (3 counts) 

Jaime Cardenas: 1st deg. Burglary (2 counts), felony theft (2 counts), aggravated robbery (2 counts), felony menacing (5 counts), misdemeanor theft, 1st deg. Murder, attempted 1st deg. Murder (2 counts), 1st deg. Assault (3 counts) 

Fidel Silva: 1st deg. Burglary (2 counts), felony theft (2 counts), aggravated robbery (2 counts), felony menacing (5 counts), misdemeanor theft, 1st deg. Murder, attempted 1st deg. murder (2 counts), 1st deg. Assault (3 counts)

Armed Robberies Surveillance Photos

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Advance America Cash Advance Photos

  

Liquor Store Surveillance Photos

  

We are continuing to follow up on leads and information gathered during our investigations of two armed robberies that took place on Saturday, July 16.  At this time we are trying to identify and locate the suspect or suspects involved in the Advance America Cash Advance (2502 U.S. Highway 6 & 50) and Teller Arms Liquor (2353 Belford Avenue) robberies. 

Victims of both robberies described the suspect(s) as a Hispanic male, approximately 5’8″ with a thin to medium build, a mustache, and may have had acne scarring around his mouth.  The witnesses from the liquor store robbery also believe the suspect had at least one accomplice, driving a small light colored sedan, possibly a Chrysler Sebring.  Surveillance photos from both crimes are included in this news release.  We recognize the similarities in the descriptions of the suspects from each case, however we do not have enough information at this point to conclusively say they are linked.

 If anyone has information about this incident they can call the Grand Junction Police Department at 242-6707, call Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP, send the information via the web at www.241stop.com, or text CRIMES to 241STOP and include your tip information.  Crime Stoppers allows people to provide information anonymously.