Owner of Local Youth Sports Organization Arrested for Fraud #GVCopBeat

Posted on

img_2299-5A man affiliated with a local junior football association has been arrested for knowingly writing fraudulent checks totaling in excess of $30,000. William “Billy” Lampshire, 31, of Grand Junction, is charged with three counts of Fraud by Check, a class 6 felony.

In November of 2018, Lampshire contacted the Grand Junction Police Department to report the possible theft of approximately $150,000 in youth football sporting equipment, belonging to the Mesa County Youth Sports Corporation, of which Lampshire is the majority owner.  Ultimately, the investigation revealed that the equipment had been collected by board members and a co-owner of the corporation, and the investigation was closed, as it was determined that no crime occurred.

Through the course of that initial investigation, detectives with the Grand Junction Police Department became aware of several allegations of bad checks being written by Lampshire from the football league’s account.  In October of 2018, Mesa County Youth Sports leased space for a haunted house.  Several workers were paid for their services related to the haunted house with checks written from the football league’s account.  The checks bounced and the account from which the checks were written was closed without the checks being honored.

Additionally, a space was rented in a local business for the youth football league; the same location from which Lampshire originally alleged the theft of the sports equipment.  Lampshire provided checks from the junior football league account and from a William Lampshire Corporation account for rent and utilities on the rental space.  The accounts did not have sufficient funds to cover the checks, and they were returned.

Ultimately, a warrant was requested for the arrest of Lampshire for knowingly issuing checks on an account with insufficient funds, with the intent to defraud.  Lampshire was arrested today without incident in the 2400 Block of Brookwillow Loop and was remanded to the Mesa County Detention Facility on the no-bond warrant.

One in Custody for Attempted Robbery #GVCopBeat

Posted on

img_2299-5At 5:58pm on Thursday evening, a reporting party called 9-1-1 to report an attempted robbery that had just occurred at the Family Dollar at the corner of 30 Road and Patterson in Grand Junction. The reporting party told the dispatcher that a male subject brandished a gun while at the checkout counter of the store. The subject ultimately fled the business and no one was injured.
Nothing was taken from the store.

Officers and deputies immediately responded to the area to search for the suspect. Interviews with witnesses revealed that the suspect may have left the area in a passenger car. A possible license plate number was provided and the registered owner of the vehicle was contacted. The owner was cooperative and, through interviews, a suspect was identified.  When officers attempted to contact the male suspect in the 2800 Block of Niagara Circle, he barricaded himself in the residence. A review of the male’s criminal history revealed multiple arrests and convictions for weapons related crimes, as well as an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Phone contact was made with the male, who refused to come out of the house. Another occupant of the home was able to safely exit the house, along with a dog. The SWAT teams with the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office responded to the residence. A shelter in place was sent to 41 contacts in the immediate area. Officers gave commands over a PA system for the male to exit the residence, with which he did not comply. A search warrant for the home was signed by a judge and forced entry was made into the house, where the male was taken into custody.

The male, Nicholas Houk, age 34, was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.  Once medically cleared, Houk will be remanded to the Mesa County Detention Facility for charges of Attempted Robbery and Felony Menacing.  Additional charges may be pending. 

This single incident required over 20 law enforcement personnel, including mutual aid from other agencies, and lasted for over six hours. While resources were deployed on this incident, an additional critical incident with a suicidal male with a gun required a heavy police presence at another location in the city. Additionally, there was a foot pursuit of a subject involved in an unrelated investigation. Patrol officers were called in early for their shifts in order to handle the significant demand of calls for service. 

If you haven’t already done so, signing up for emergency alerts through the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center can ensure that you receive critical safety information when you need it most.  If you don’t have a landline, you must opt in with your cell phone number in order to receive notifications.  You can learn more and sign up here.

GJPD Investigating Attempted Armed Robbery #GVCopBeat

Posted on

At approximately 6:00pm this evening, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to the Family Dollar at 30 Road and Patterson on a report of a suspect who attempted to rob the store after displaying a handgun. No one was injured, and the suspect was reported to have fled the area in a passenger car.

Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department and deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office responded immediately and searched the area, but did not locate the suspect, who was described as a male in his mid 20s, possibly wearing a mask over his face, as well as a hood. Officers are processing the scene for potential evidence and interviewing witnesses.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Mesa County, reference GJPD case number 19-10194.

A Love Letter to Our Officers #GVCopBeat

Posted on

Police ValentineWhat a perfect day to show a little love to the men and women who serve with this agency.

About a month ago, we responded to a report of a subject with a gun at Grand Junction High School. More information on that incident can be found here. We think it’s important to note that these incidents don’t happen in a vacuum; when it comes to any critical incident response—especially something as important as a safety threat to one of our schools—we evaluate our response. We are self-critical. What could we do better? Different? What’s working? What isn’t?

Today, one of our detectives, Cody Kennedy, shared this email, after a detailed review of this particular incident. He took the opportunity to commend the response of two officers, in particular; Officer Jeff DeBellevue and GJHS School Resource Officer Tim Litzau. Cody shared the following:

“I was on duty when the call came out and I responded to the High School.  While en route I heard Officer DeBellevue call out a foot pursuit with the person that was found to be our suspect.  Due to his prompt response and high awareness he spotted the subject as he slipped from the school out a side door.  Officer DeBellevue recognized the subject matched the description, called out the contact and pursued the suspect on foot.  Due to this the suspect was taken into custody within a short time of the initial 911 call.  And by short time I mean seven minutes!  

 Also noteworthy is the fact that SRO Officer Litzau was within arm’s reach of the suspect, inside the school, within about two minutes of the initial 911 call.  I learned this as I reviewed security video from the school that showed our suspect leaning against a wall with the very realistic looking 1911 style BB gun hidden in his waistband.  Officer Litzau had responded to this area based on the dispatched information and was clearly urging kids to seek shelter (lockdown) and looking for the suspect.  

 Had this been the call we feared it was I am confident either Officer DeBellevue or Officer Litzau would have confronted the subject and stopped the threat.  As a patrol tactics instructor I recognize and applaud their initiative to go right in on their own to face the danger and protect kids with a solo response.  As a community member and father of high school age children I am grateful for their response.   

 I acknowledge that this is what we’re trained to do.  In fact, I have spoken to both Officer DeBellevue and Officer Litzau and they both responded along those lines.  As cops we expect we may have to do this but these guys both responded in a selfless way to protect kids and I think this deserves recognition.”  

 We couldn’t agree more with Cody’s assessment. Our officers do what they’re trained to do, and without desire of recognition. But today is all about love, and we’re glad to recognize the good work of Officers Litzau and DeBellevue, and all of our staff at the Grand Junction Police Department.

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week #GVCopBeat

Posted on

Crime Stoppers needs your help to identify and locate the suspects involved in criminal activity.

Sometime between 11 p.m. on Friday, February 1st and 5 a.m. on Saturday, February 2nd, unknown suspects forced entry into a locked vehicle parked in the 2800 block of Village Park Drive. Later that day, credit cards taken from the victim’s wallet were used by a male subject at City Market, Redbox, Safeway and Walmart. Security cameras captured a white male 20-30 years old, average height, with a thin build and mustache wearing a gray beanie with a two-toned gray hoodie. The suspect was last seen leaving in a red Nissan Juke type SUV. A photo of the suspect can be viewed at http://www.241stop.com.

If you know the identity or whereabouts 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 PD# 2019-6134

Arrests Made in Series of Robberies #GVCopBeat

Posted on

img_2299-5Early this morning, at approximately 3:00am, officers were dispatched to a robbery that had just occurred in the parking lot of a business in the 2400 Block of North Avenue. The victim stated that he was approached by two males who displayed a weapon, demanded his wallet, and struck him the back of the head before leaving the area in a dark colored sedan. The victim did not suffer serious injury.

While officers were searching the area for the suspects, a Dodge Charger was observed in the parking lot of Columbine Park, located at 540 28 ¼ Road. All occupants were contacted and detained while officers investigated.

Through the course of interviews with the detained subjects, it was determined that they were, in fact, the suspects involved in the attempted robbery on North Avenue, and they were placed into custody. Through continued interviews, it was revealed that these same suspects were involved in two robberies that were reported yesterday morning. Information on those crimes can be found here.

Ultimately, Gabriel Suarez, age 19, of Grand Junction, was arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Detention Facility for charges of Felony Menacing (F5), Aggravated Robbery (F3), Assault in the Third Degree (M1), Theft (M3). Criminal Attempt (F4), and Tampering with Physical Evidence (F6).

An additional juvenile male, age 17, was remanded to the custody of the Department of Youth Corrections for all of the above charges, as well as an unrelated warrant.