This week Crime Stoppers of Mesa County is requesting information that will lead to the identification of the subjects involved in a burglary.
Sometime between 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 5th and 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6th , unknown suspects unlawfully entered SSD Plastics Inc. located at 360 Bonny Street. Once inside, the suspects removed the catalytic converter and muffler from a gray 2013 Ford F-250 work truck. The total estimated property loss is over $6,000.
If you know the identity or whereabouts of the subjects involved in this crime, please contact Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information, see us at http://www.241stop.com.
Shortly before 2:00am on Thursday morning, officers attempted contact with two subjects at 2615 Patterson Road. Theodore Sheppard, 40, was believed to be staying at the residence and was known to have multiple felony warrants for his arrest, for charges including drugs, vehicular eluding, and assault.
Upon contact with the male and female subjects outside of the residence, the male ran from officers and entered the home. Due to the information regarding the warrants and Sheppard’s lengthy criminal history, as well as recent criminal activity linked to the address, including a reported robbery and possible weapons violations, officers made the decision to escalate attempts to apprehend Sheppard. Members of the Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team were called in, as well as negotiators and the Incident Dispatch Team. Attempts were made to call Sheppard, as well as to communicate with him via social media. Loud speakers were used to order Sheppard out of the residence. A shelter in place call went out to phone numbers within a quarter of a mile of the address, and St. Mary’s Hospital was notified, as well. After several hours of unsuccessful attempts at compliance from Sheppard, SWAT was able to apprehend him, and shortly after 6:30am, he was taken into custody without further incident.
Sadly, when Sheppard finally exited the residence, a small dog escaped and ran into the road, where it was hit by a car and killed.
Sheppard was remanded to the Mesa County Jail for the warrants. Additional charges from this incident are pending. It is unknown if Sheppard is linked to previous criminal activity at this address, and those investigations are ongoing. A current booking photo for Sheppard is not available at this time. The female subject with Sheppard may also face charges for knowingly aiding a wanted subject.
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This week Crime Stoppers needs your help to locate the suspects that stole a truck parked in the 1800 block of North 12th Street.
Sometime between 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 3rd and 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 4th , the suspects unlawfully gained entry and stole the truck from the CMU parking lot. The stolen truck is described as a white 2002 Chevy Silverado 2500 truck with a chrome and brown grill and bearing Utah license plate number 176WXU. A photo of the stolen truck be viewed at http://www.241stop.com. The total estimated property loss is over $7,000.
If you know the identity or whereabouts of the suspects involved in this crime, please contact Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information, see us at http://www.241stop.com.
Shortly after 2:00pm on Monday afternoon, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a shopping center in the 2600 Block of Highway 50 on a report of a male with a knife trying to cut people. Officers located the man and ordered him to drop the knife. The male refused to do so initially, but eventually complied and was taken into custody. Dos Rios Elementary was briefly placed in shelter in place.
Follow up investigation revealed that the suspect, identified as Sammy Montoya, 37, swung a switchblade style knife at the victim several times, requiring him to duck out of the way and causing him to fear for his life. The victim stated the suspect was not known to him.
Montoya was remanded to the Mesa County Jail on charges of Criminal Attempt to Commit 2nd Degree Murder (F3), Felony Menacing (F5), and Reckless Endangerment (M3). No booking photo is available at this time.
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A thirteen-year-old male student at East Middle School was arrested and released on a summons to his parents this morning for making statements to other students about carrying out a school shooting. The student was charged with Interference with Staff, Faculty, or Students of Educational Institutions, a class one misdemeanor. The Colorado Open Records Act prohibits the release of the student’s name or identifying information.
The student is alleged to have made these statements yesterday morning at school. Other students who overheard the statements shared them with their peers and on social media, but did not immediately report them. The first Safe2Tell tip didn’t come in until approximately 2:30pm, shortly before school let out for the day. The suspect was contacted yesterday afternoon, and received his summons this morning. The student is not in school today.
Parents, please remind your children of the importance of immediately reporting anything they perceive as a threat or safety issue to school staff without delay so that law enforcement can intervene. While we know and expect that issues like this will generate conversation and speculation, the priority must be notifying adults who can assess the safety of students and staff right away.
This afternoon, a fifth grade student at Mesa View Elementary School was arrested and released on a summons to his parents for making statements about bringing a gun to school and shooting people. The students to whom the comments were directed were understandably frightened and immediately did the right thing; they told a teacher. The child was not in possession of a weapon at school, and he was charged with misdemeanor menacing.
Emotions are understandably high right now. Please have a conversation with your kids about the events of the past week, and provide age appropriate context to reassure them. We are unwavering in our commitment to investigate all safety concerns that are reported to us, and we will take appropriate measures to maintain a peaceful, productive environment for students and school staff. We urge you to refrain from perpetuating social media rumors, and instead to report any potential threats directly to local law enforcement or via Safe2Tell.