Police Seeking Help in Identifying Burglary Suspects #GVCopBeat

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#UPDATE: We’ve obtained additional pictures of the suspects involved in this crime. If you recognize these suspects, or have any information regarding this crime, please contact Crime Stoppers of Mesa County, reference GJPD case number 18-41794.


#UPDATE: The Grand Junction Police Department is seeking assistance from the public in identifying two additional suspects in the early morning burglary of a Walgreens drug store.

Attached are photos of the suspects, which were captured by security cameras in the business.  While the images don’t provide a clear view of the suspects’ faces, we’re hoping someone might recognize them by their clothing.  If you have any information about this crime or the identity of the suspects involved, please contact Crime Stoppers of Mesa County.

Also, we can release the identity of the suspect who was apprehended and arrested in association to this incident.  Datwain Conner, a 25 year old male, was arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Jail for 1st Degree Burglary.  A current booking photo of Conner is not available at this time.

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This morning, at 4:45am, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to the Walgreens on the corner of 1st Street and Patterson Road on a report of a burglary in progress.  An alarm company reported that three suspects were inside the store, which was closed at the time.  Officers responded to the scene, but the suspects were gone when they arrived.  It is unknown at this time if the suspects stole anything from the business.

Approximately 30 minutes later, officers spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle from the burglary in the parking lot of the Walgreens on North Avenue, which was also closed.  The store on North Avenue did not appear to have been entered, and the vehicle fled the area.  Officers were able to quickly locate the vehicle in the parking lot of Bookcliff Middle School.  Three subjects fled on foot from the vehicle.  One was detained by officers and is currently in custody.  Two other subjects fled westbound from the school.  A perimeter of law enforcement, including the Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, and Colorado State Patrol, was set up in an effort to locate the suspects, including a K9 unit to attempt a track.  A shelter in place order was sent out to more than 1000 phones in the area, including the Mesa County Health Department.  The suspects were not located, and the shelter in place was lifted at 6:48am.

If you have any information about this crime or the suspects involved, please contact Crime Stoppers of Mesa County.  Also, please be sure to sign up to receive emergency alert information in the event of a critical incident in your area by visiting the City of Grand Junction website at http://www.gjcity.org.

Early Morning Burglary Results in Shelter in Place #GVCopBeat

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img_1464-1This morning, at 4:45am, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to the Walgreens on the corner of 1st Street and Patterson Road on a report of a burglary in progress.  An alarm company reported that three suspects were inside the store, which was closed at the time.  Officers responded to the scene, but the suspects were gone when they arrived.  It is unknown at this time if the suspects stole anything from the business.

Approximately 30 minutes later, officers spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle from the burglary in the parking lot of the Walgreens on North Avenue, which was also closed.  The store on North Avenue did not appear to have been entered, and the vehicle fled the area.  Officers were able to quickly locate the vehicle in the parking lot of Bookcliff Middle School.  Three subjects fled on foot from the vehicle.  One was detained by officers and is currently in custody.  Two other subjects fled westbound from the school.  A perimeter of law enforcement, including the Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, and Colorado State Patrol, was set up in an effort to locate the suspects, including a K9 unit to attempt a track.  A shelter in place order was sent out to more than 1000 phones in the area, including the Mesa County Health Department.  The suspects were not located, and the shelter in place was lifted at 6:48am.

If you have any information about this crime or the suspects involved, please contact Crime Stoppers of Mesa County.  Also, please be sure to sign up to receive emergency alert information in the event of a critical incident in your area by visiting the City of Grand Junction website at http://www.gjcity.org.

Barricaded Subject Arrested for Felony Menacing #GVCopBeat

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IMG_1280.JPGThis morning, at approximately 9:30am, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to the 600 Block of Grand View Drive. A reporting party called and stated that his car tires had been slashed by his neighbor, and the suspect was yelling, screaming, and threatening other neighbors with a knife.

The suspect in this incident is known to law enforcement, and has a history of threats and violence toward police, to include an assault against a Grand Junction Police officer with a firearm in 1986.  Because of his volatile history, a shelter in place was sent out to several residences in the area, including two daycare facilities. Numerous attempts were made to communicate with the suspect over the phone, with no success. Ultimately, ten houses in the immediate vicinity of the suspect’s residence were evacuated by law enforcement, and the Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team responded to assist in the apprehension of the suspect.

Ultimately, the suspect, 69 year old David Hendricks, of Grand Junction, exited the residence and was taken into custody at 2:47pm. After being medically cleared, Hendricks was remanded to the Mesa County Jail for criminal charges including felony menacing.  Once law enforcement ensured the area was safe, the shelter in place order was lifted at 3:35pm.

We want to urge Mesa County residents to sign up for emergency alerts through the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center. Emergency alerts are a vital communication tool that allows us to notify residents of critical safety information in their area, such as shelter in place orders. If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to sign up to receive emergency alerts today by clicking here.

Crime of the Week #GVCopBeat #MCCrimeStoppers

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This week Crime Stoppers needs your help in locating the suspects that stole a vehicle parked at Maverik Gas Station located at 2902 D Road.

Just before 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 15th , Grand Junction Police Officers responded to an auto theft in progress. The victim went inside the store to make a purchase and noticed their vehicle was gone when they returned. The stolen vehicle is a gold 2014 Jeep Cherokee (VIN- 1C4RJFBGXEC148566) with a ski rack and tinted windows. Video surveillance captured a male exiting a white Chevy Silverado parked at the gas pumps and take one step in the store before turning back around and enter the victim’s Jeep and drive away. The total estimated property loss is over $20,000. A photo of the suspect can be viewed at http://www.241stop.com.

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.

GJPD #2018-41092

 

Second Motorcycle Fatality This Week #GVCopBeat

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Just before 6:00pm this evening, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to the area of S. 14th Street and Ute Avenue on a report of a vehicle versus motorcycle crash. The adult male motorcycle driver, who was wearing a helmet, was reported to have serious injuries. He was transported to the hospital by medical personnel, but ultimately died from injuries sustained in the crash. The adult female driver of the SUV was not injured.

Initial investigation, which is subject to change as additional details unfold, indicates that the SUV was crossing Ute Avenue southbound when the motorcycle, which was traveling westbound on Ute Avenue, collided with the rear driver’s side of the SUV. The investigation into the circumstances of the crash is very active and ongoing. No arrests or citations have been issued.

Officers are now clear of the accident scene and traffic is open in all directions.

Motorcycle Crash Results in Fatality #GVCopBeat

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IMG_0390On Monday night, at approximately 8:00pm, personnel with the Grand Junction Police Department and the Grand Junction Fire Department were dispatched to a motorcycle versus vehicle crash near the intersection of 29 1/4 Road and D Road.  Witnesses stated that the motorcycle driver, an adult male who was not wearing a helmet, appeared to have serious injuries.  Upon arrival, medical personnel with the GJFD transported the male to the hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.  The identification of the deceased will be addressed by the Mesa County Coroner after appropriate notifications have been made.

The factors involved in the crash are still being actively investigated.  Early indicators, which are subject to change as the investigation continues, suggest that the passenger car, driven by an adult female who was uninjured in the crash, was traveling eastbound on D Road and was beginning a southbound turn onto 29 1/4 Road when the motorcycle approached on her right, striking the passenger side of her car.  No arrests or citations have been issued.

Register Your Neighborhood for National Night Out! #GVCopBeat

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IMG_4896UPDATE: Registration for this event is now closed.  Please reach out to our Community Resource Unit with any questions at (970)549-5331.  Thank you!

A very popular summer event is returning to Grand Junction!

National Night Out will take place during the evening hours of Tuesday, August 7th, in neighborhoods across Grand Junction, and registration is currently underway.  Registration closes July 31st, so sign up today!

National Night Out is an annual event that helps fight crime in our neighborhoods by building camaraderie and familiarity between neighbors, while also sending a message to criminals that their neighborhoods are willing to fight back against crime.  All Grand Junction neighborhoods who register their National Night Out events with the Grand Junction Police Department will be eligible to have an officer stop by and visit them during the event to provide safety information and answer questions.

What does a National Night Out event look like?

IMG_4856That’s completely up to you and your neighbors.  In years’ past, we’ve seen neighborhoods organize ice cream socials, host pizza parties, have all of the residents bring their BBQs into their driveways for a cookout, or just meet in someone’s yard for cookies and lemonade.  We’ve posted a whole list of possibilities here.  The idea is to customize your neighborhood event so it encourages and invites participation from those who live around you.

How do I register my neighborhood?

Simply visit our National Night Out website.  Please keep in mind that only neighborhoods within the city limits of Grand Junction can register their National Night Out events with this registration link.  Check with your local law enforcement jurisdiction to see if they are participating in NNO events in your area.  Not sure if you live in the city limits of Grand Junction?  You can check here.

How do I know if someone else in my neighborhood has already registered an event for us?

IMG_4832As people register their neighborhoods, the information will show up on our National Night Out website.  There’s a link to see which neighborhoods have registered and who is hosting the event.  You can also call our Community Resource Unit at (970)549-5331 for more information.

What kinds of things do neighborhoods do during National Night Out?

Are you thinking of hosting an event for your neighborhood?  Get some event ideas here.

Check out some photos from previous year’s events on our Facebook page.