Crime of the Week #MCCrimeStoppers #GVCopBeat

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The Grand Junction Police Department needs your help to identify a male suspect that is wanted for harassment.

On Wednesday, January 2nd , an unknown male placed a malicious classified ad in “The Nickel” stating the victim’s house was “For Sale by Owner.” Security cameras capture a white male in his 50’s with a gray beard and last seen wearing a dark colored coat, blue jeans and a baseball cap. The surveillance photo of the suspect can be viewed at http://www.241stop.com.

If you know the identity or location of the suspect 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.

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Arrest Made for Weapons Violation at High School #GVCopBeat

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img_2299-5Earlier today, law enforcement from all over Mesa County responded to a report of a person with a gun at Grand Junction High School.  The suspect, a 17 year old male, was quickly detained and was transported to the Grand Junction Police Department as the investigation into the incident continued.  The suspect in this case has since been arrested and transported to the Department of Youth Corrections for the following crimes: Felony Menacing (F5), Unlawfully Carrying/Possessing a Weapon on School, College, or University Grounds (F6), Inciting Destruction of Life or Property (F6), Possession of Handguns by Juveniles (M2), Obstructing a Peace Officer (M2), Interference of Staff, Faculty, or Students of Educational Institutions (M3), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Less than 2 oz of Marijuana.

The juvenile suspect in this case will be not be identified in accordance with the Colorado Open Records Act.  He is not a student at GJHS.

An earlier release regarding this incident follows below.

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At 11:20am today, a reporting party called 911, stating that there was a male in the parking lot of Grand Junction High School with a gun. The school was placed into lockdown and law enforcement with the Grand Junction Police Department, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, and Colorado State Patrol responded to the area immediately, along with School District safety personnel. West Middle School and Colorado Mesa University, including Little Mavs Daycare, were placed into lockdown, and Tope Elementary was put in shelter in place, due to their proximity to the location of the incident.

Arriving officers located a subject matching the description of the suspect running on foot from the area. The suspect was located in a nearby alley and detained approximately seven minutes after the initial call came in. The gun, which the suspect had dropped during the foot pursuit, was located and was found to be a BB gun replicated to look like a real handgun. Once the suspect was detained, all schools were released and began the transition back to normal operations. The suspect, a juvenile male, was transported to the Grand Junction Police Department. This investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time.

Parents, lockdowns can be scary. Please be sure to talk with your students about what they might have experienced today. A school safety video that shows what happens when a school is placed in lockdown or shelter in place can be found here.

One Person Detained After Report of Subject with a Gun Near School #GVCopBeat

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img_2299-5At 11:20am today, a reporting party called 911, stating that there was a male in the parking lot of Grand Junction High School with a gun. The school was placed into lockdown and law enforcement with the Grand Junction Police Department, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, and Colorado State Patrol responded to the area immediately, along with School District safety personnel. West Middle School and Colorado Mesa University, including Little Mavs Daycare, were placed into lockdown, and Tope Elementary was put in shelter in place, due to their proximity to the location of the incident.

Arriving officers located a subject matching the description of the suspect running on foot from the area. The suspect was located in a nearby alley and detained approximately seven minutes after the initial call came in. The gun, which the suspect had dropped during the foot pursuit, was located and was found to be a BB gun replicated to look like a real handgun. Once the suspect was detained, all schools were released and began the transition back to normal operations. The suspect, a juvenile male, was transported to the Grand Junction Police Department. This investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time.

Parents, lockdowns can be scary. Please be sure to talk with your students about what they might have experienced today. A school safety video that shows what happens when a school is placed in lockdown or shelter in place can be found here.

GJPD Officer Involved in Vehicle vs Pedestrian Crash #GVCopBeat

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img_2299-5Shortly after 6:30am today, an off-duty police officer with the Grand Junction Police Department was on his way to work in his department issued passenger car when he struck a 14 year old female pedestrian at the intersection of Kluge Avenue and West Eighth Street in Palisade. The officer called 911, and EMS personnel with Palisade Fire responded and transported the female to the hospital. The extent of her injuries is unknown, but not expected to be life threatening.

The officer is fully cooperating with the investigation, which is being handled by the Palisade Police Department, in cooperation with the Colorado State Patrol. As per our standard protocol, an internal investigation will be completed by our agency, as well. Any further details regarding the investigation of the collision will come from the investigating agencies.

Arrest Made in Weapons Violation in the Redlands #GVCopBeat

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mastenOfficers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a house in the 300 Block of Rodell Drive on Friday night, shortly before 6:30pm.  Due to prior calls for service, officers were aware that the male occupant of the house had multiple firearms and had previously been uncooperative with law enforcement contact.  The reporting party in this incident stated that guns were being fired inside the home, and that the male subject was making statements threatening to shoot law enforcement if they responded to the house.

A shelter in place emergency notification went out to homes in the area, asking residents to stay inside.  SWAT teams with the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s office responded, as well.  Numerous attempts at contact with the male inside the home were made, but the male was not cooperative.  Ultimately, the male subject did exit the home and surrendered to police without further incident.  No one was injured.

Christopher Masten, age 33, of Grand Junction, was arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Detention Facility for charges of Illegal Discharge of a Firearm (F5) for shooting a firearm into an occupied residence, Prohibited Use of a Weapon (M2) for using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, and Reckless Endangerment (M3).

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Citizen Report Leads to Arrest of Fugitive Sex Offender #GVCopBeat

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img_2299-5A good example of “see something, say something…”

This morning, the Grand Junction Police Department received a call from a manager of a local grocery store.  The manager wanted to report that an adult male had been in their store repeatedly and had made unwanted advances toward several female employees, making the employees feel uncomfortable and uneasy.  The employees decided to do a little proactive research on the male and, through an internet search of the name he’d provided, were able to determine that he was a sex offender.

The manager called the police department to share this information and to ensure that the male was in compliance with his registration requirements.  He was not.  The male has a lengthy history of violent crimes, including rape and bank robbery, and was very much out of compliance with his registration requirements in Boulder County, which was where he was supposed to be residing.

Thankfully, these employees paid attention to their intuition and called us.  With the information they provided, officers were able to locate the suspect, Bruce Cook, 66, at a motel on Horizon Drive and arrest him for four outstanding warrants, including one for Failure to Register.  When the male was contacted, he was found to have suspected methamphetamine, resulting in additional charges of Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance (DF4) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He is currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility.  As of this post, a current booking photo of Cook was not available.

We’d like to be able to be everywhere, all the time, and prevent crime from happening, but that’s not possible.  So, when savvy citizens like the ones we worked with today partner with us to ensure their work, their neighborhood, and their community are safe, it’s a win.

Arrest Results from Lockdown of Hospital This Morning #GVCopBeat

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Detectives with the Grand Junction Police Department have made two arrests related to the incident that resulted in the lockdown of Mind Springs Health for several hours this morning.

BUSTOSSalminieo Bustos, 44, of Grand Junction, was arrested for charges of Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (DF4), Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender (F6), and Special Offender (DF1).  Bustos was not located in the hospital after an extensive search and evacuation of the building, but was contacted this afternoon in the area of 29 1/2 Road and Patterson Road and detained at that time.  Further investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident led to his arrest.

HUBBARDAdditionally, at the time Bustos was arrested, he was with a woman who was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine.  Mitzy Hubbard, 43, of Grand Junction, was also arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Jail on charges of Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (DF4) and Possession with Intent to Distribute (DF2).

Previous booking photos of Bustos and Hubbard are attached.  An earlier release regarding this incident follows below.

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Shortly after 10:30am, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to Mind Springs Health on a report of an armed subject inside the hospital. Officers immediately responded to the area and the hospital was locked down. Additionally, Nisley Elementary and Bookcliff Middle School were put in shelter in place. An emergency notification went out to registered phone numbers for addresses within a quarter mile radius of the hospital to shelter in place, as well.

Personnel with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, as well as SWAT teams with both the GJPD and the MCSO, responded to assist. The hospital was searched and cleared by law enforcement and the subject was not located. Ultimately, the perimeter around the hospital was cleared and returned to normal operations. The shelter in place orders were also released.

Officers worked with witnesses and hospital personnel to positively identify the subject. Shortly before 2:00pm, officers with the GJPD were able to make contact with the male subject in the area of 29 1/2 Road and Patterson. The male has been detained for further investigation. We are not looking for any additional subjects related to this incident and there is no further safety threat to the community.