Officer Discharges Duty Weapon, Dog Killed #GVCopBeat

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GJPD-Badge-Police-Officer transparentOn Monday, September 23rd, at approximately 1:00pm, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were in the wooded area behind Glacier Ice Arena, attempting to contact an adult male known to have outstanding warrants for his arrest.  While officers were looking in the area for the male suspect, a dog ran toward the officers, barking and displaying aggressive behavior, and ultimately charged at one of the officers.  That officer discharged their duty weapon one time, striking the dog and killing it.  We are working with Mesa County Animal Control to attempt to identify the owner of the dog, who was not wearing tags.  No one else was injured during this incident.

We are saddened by this outcome.  Although we haven’t yet identified the home of the dog, our sympathies are with the owners; however, the safety of people, including our officers, is always our top priority.

As with any incident involving the discharge of a duty weapon, this incident will be reviewed internally to ensure that all Grand Junction Police Department policies and procedures were followed.

Suspect Sought in Vandalism to Local Mosque #GVCopBeat

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Damage to signThe Grand Junction Police Department is seeking assistance from the public in identifying the suspect involved in the vandalism of a local mosque.

At approximately 11:00pm on Tuesday, September 17th, a suspect was captured on video approaching the Islamic Center of Grand Junction, at 801 Gunnison Avenue, and defacing a sign with spray paint.  The suspect also damaged flowers in a flower bed at the base of the sign.  Photos of the suspect, as well as the vehicle believed to be associated to him, are included.  We know that the quality of the photos isn’t ideal, but someone likely knows something, and we’d ask that the community share this information so we can hold the suspect in this case accountable.

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If you know anything about the suspect involved in this incident, please contact Crime Stoppers of Mesa County, reference GJPD case number 19-54382.

Report of Felony Menacing Results in Shelter in Place for Nearby Schools #GVCopBeat

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GIBSONOn Thursday afternoon, shortly after 1:30pm, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a report of a felony menacing in the 600 Block of Ouray Avenue.  It was reported to the 9-1-1 dispatchers in the Grand Junction Regional Communications Center that a male had pointed a handgun at the victim in a residence in the area.  The victim had since left the scene, uninjured.

Officers arrived at the location and contacted the victim, who stated that he was at the residence gathering some belongings when he was approached by another male who lives at the address and is known to him.  The suspect allegedly held a handgun to the victim’s chest for several seconds before putting the weapon down.  The victim left the address immediately.

Officers swiftly set up a perimeter around the residence and placed Chipeta Elementary, East Middle School, as well as other schools and child care facilities in the area, into shelter in place.  They attempted phone contact with the suspect, and ultimately used a PA system to order the suspect out of the residence.  The suspect ultimately complied and was taken into custody without further incident at approximately 3:45pm.  During an initial protective sweep and subsequent execution of a search warrant for the residence, officers located a loaded handgun and ammunition, tactical vests, suspected methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia.  The suspect was determined to be a previously convicted felon.  A search of the serial number on the handgun revealed that it was reported stolen.

The suspect in this case, 21 year old Tyrone Gibson, was arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Detention Facility on charges including Possession of a Controlled Substance (DF4), Felony Menacing (F5), Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender (F5), Violation of a Protection Order (M2), Theft (M3), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (DPO).

We recognize that situations like this are not only scary for residents in the area, as well as parents of children in neighboring schools, but can also be disruptive to routines and travel.  We appreciate the patience and support of our community as our officers work to make sure everyone involved is safe.

New SCAM Affecting Retail Businesses #GVCopBeat

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0Attention retail employees! There is a new scam going on all over Mesa County and we want you to protect yourself and your business from falling victim.

There have been multiple reports over the last few weeks of a person claiming to be from a corporate office calling businesses around town.  The person claims that they are performing an audit of some sort.  They provide a control number and request that the employee prepare a specific amount of cash and, sometimes, inventory, as well.  They say they are sending someone to pick up the cash and inventory as part of the audit, and the runner will provide the control number for verification purposes at the time of pick up.  The person calling may tell the employee NOT to notify their supervisor or manager, stating that this is a confidential process.

THIS IS A SCAM.  This is theft.  These individuals are NOT from a corporate office.  If you receive a call like this: first, refer to your company policies and procedures and call your corporate office to verify the activity.  If it’s determined to be a fraudulent attempt at theft, call the police and report it immediately.

If an attempt at this scam has been made at your place of employment and you have not yet reported it, please do.  Call non-emergency dispatch at (970)242-6707.  Investigators are actively working to identify the suspects involved.

GJPD Investigating Report of Attempted Kidnapping #GVCopBeat

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GJPD-Badge-Police-Officer transparentAt 5:45pm on Monday, August 19, 2019, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a report of an attempted kidnapping that allegedly took place in the area of the Grand Avenue Bridge.

After gathering information from the victim and her family, initial details indicate that the victim, a 12 year old female, was walking home from Redlands Middle School after missing the bus.  The victim was walking on the bike path that travels underneath the Grand Avenue Bridge when she was allegedly approached from behind by a person she described as a Hispanic male in his 60s, average build and average height, with a white mustache and wearing a green and gray hat and blue jeans.  The victim stated the male grabbed her from behind and attempted to pull her off of the path, but the victim was able to escape and run home.  The victim also stated the male suspect was holding a handgun at the time of the incident.  The victim was not physically injured.

Officers worked diligently last night and throughout today to follow up with the victim and to verify the details of the reported incident.  There are no identified suspects at this time.  If anyone knows anything about this incident, please call non-emergency dispatch at 970.242.6707, reference case number 19-48048.

We understand that reports like these are very scary.  We encourage parents to talk with kids who walk to and from school about what to do if they’re approached by a stranger or someone who makes them feel unsafe.  Make sure your kids are traveling in groups whenever possible, and are taking well-traveled, safe routes.

GJPD Investigating Armed Robbery #GVCopBeat

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On Saturday, July 27, at approximately 1:35am, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to the convenience store at 599 29 ½ Road, on a report of an armed robbery.  It was reported that two subjects had just robbed the store at gunpoint, and had fled on foot with cash and merchandise, including a several packs of Swisher Sweet cigars.  No injuries were reported.

One subject is described as a white male, wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, a light colored mask, and blue baggie jeans with designer back pockets, rolled up into a cuff above black shoes. He was observed to be carrying a black Jordan brand backpack.  The second subject is described as a white male, wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt with black face mask or balaclava, red shirt, blue baggie faded jeans with large front pockets with what appears to be frayed stitching, and black shoes.  The attached images are the best photos we could capture from the surveillance footage.

We’re reaching out to the community and asking for any information you may have regarding this crime or these suspects.  Someone knows something.  Please contact Crime Stoppers of Mesa County and share anything you know.  Your tip could result in a reward of up to $1000, all while remaining completely anonymous.  PLEASE NOTE: tips submitted as comments to this post are NOT eligible for the Crime Stoppers reward.  Please submit your tips and information directly to Crime Stoppers, reference GJPD case number 19-43139.

Busy Weekend for GJPD Results in Armed Robbery, Shots Fired Investigations #GVCopBeat

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Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to 553 calls for service throughout Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Here are a few notable investigations stemming from criminal activity that our officers responded to this weekend:

A victim reported that her unlocked vehicle was entered and a handgun stolen in the 1300 Block of N. 24th Street sometime between midnight and 5:00pm on Saturday, July 13.  Please remember to remove all valuable items, including weapons, from your vehicle, lock the doors, and never leave your keys in your car.

At approximately 12:45am on Sunday, July 14, officers were dispatched to a report of a fight, possibly involving shots fired, in the area of N. 5th Street and Main Street in downtown Grand Junction.  Witnesses stated they saw a group of people fighting in a parking lot in the area, and then heard what they believed to be gunshots.  Officers searched the area and located shell casings in a nearby parking lot.  Additionally, it was discovered that a business in the 500 Block of Main Street had broken windows and damage to the building consistent with gunshots.  No injuries were reported.

Shortly after 1:00am on Sunday, July 14, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery at Sonic, located at 2523 Highway 6 & 50.  The victims reported that a male had come into the businesses and pointed a gun at them, demanding money.  The suspect is described as a white male, average height and build, wearing a blue sweatshirt and sweatpants.  A still image captured from security footage is included.

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Anyone with any information about these crimes is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers of Mesa County.  A tip leading to an arrest could earn you a reward of up to $1,000 cash, all while remaining completely anonymous.