Shortly after 5:00pm on Friday evening, officers with the GJPD responded to Orchard Avenue Elementary School, at 1800 Orchard Avenue. Personnel from the Grand Junction Fire Department had responded to the address for a fire alarm, and discovered circumstances that they believed to be suspicious.
Upon arrival, officers discovered extensive damage done to the property, to include broken windows and doors, broken electronics, holes in the dry wall, air vents ripped out of walls, and general disarray of the premises.
Due to the deployment of a fire extinguisher, there was a thin film of residue within the building, creating an ideal environment to capture shoe prints. Officers were able to locate and photograph footprints from the scene. Officers also located a cell phone that was left at the scene, and collected it as evidence.
Less than two hours later, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 2000 Block of Orchard Avenue on a report of an auto theft. The owners of the vehicle stated that they were doing some yard work when they noticed that their truck had been stolen. While processing the scene, officers located several shoe imprints. Officers were aware of the earlier burglary of the school, and were able to compare the shoe imprints found at both scenes and determine they appeared to have been made from the same style of shoe.
A short time later, officers located the stolen truck on Horizon Drive, parked and unoccupied. Officers observed a male walking away from the truck, and initiated contact. When asked if the male knew anything about the truck, the male, later identified as Hayden Reynolds, 21, admitted to stealing it from an address off Orchard Avenue. Reynolds was wearing shoes that matched the pattern and size of the footprints found at both the school and the auto theft scene. When asked if he owned a cell phone, Reynolds affirmed that he did, and the description he provided of his phone matched that of the phone collected from the school.
Reynolds was subsequently arrested and booked into the Mesa County Jail on charges of 2nd Degree Burglary (F4), Criminal Mischief (F5), 1st Degree Criminal Trespass (F5), Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft (F5), and 2nd Degree Criminal Tampering (M2).
The Grand Junction Police Department is requesting your help to identify the male subject in the surveillance photo located at http://www.241STOP.com.
An attempted robbery occurred just before 10 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18th when a male subject armed with a black handgun entered the Corner Store located at 1015 North Avenue and demanded all the money. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male about 6’ tall and approximately 25-35 years old. He was last seen wearing all black clothing and a bandana to cover his face. The suspect exited the store and was last seen heading south on foot.
If you know the person involved in this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. When you call Crime Stoppers and give them information on someone that gets arrested they will pay you a cash reward up to $1,000 without asking your name. If you want more information, go to the website at http://www.241stop.com
GJPD Case # 2016-28624
The Grand Junction Police Department will be closing the intersection at 7th Street & North Avenue today 6/15/16 from 1:00pm-1:30pm for speed tests.
Last week, with a backdrop of the spectacular views from the St. Mary’s Hospital helipad, eleven employees of the Grand Junction Police Department and the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center were honored for their role in providing life-saving care in our community.
The Phoenix Award is presented by Mesa County Emergency Services, in recognition of first responders, EMTs, dispatchers, and bystanders who are involved in providing life-saving care, such as CPR, outside of a hospital. In order for a care provider to be selected for the award, the patient to whom the care is provided must have suffered cardiac arrest, and must recover with full neurological capabilities. Additionally, for a dispatcher to be honored with this designation, 911 tapes are reviewed for the CPR instructions given to the caller. Medical professionals also review the nominations for the award, to ensure the criteria are met.
“We do this job because we like to help people. These employees have had the most profound effect we can have on a person,” says Monica Million, the manager of the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center. “Each of these recipients are to be congratulated for having such a meaningful impact on the community we serve.”
The award recipients from the GJRCC are Guillermo Ramirez, Deanna Saelens, Taylor Loo, Madeline Robinson, Kelly Wilkinson, Anne Sunn, Shon Kiniston, Mark Hellstom and Jeremy Lambert. Two GJPD officers were also presented with Phoenix Awards; Kati Stewart and Taylor Schreiner.
On Sunday evening, at approximately 9:00pm, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to a report of a hit and run involving a pedestrian that was struck by a vehicle at the Grand Junction Regional Airport. Upon arrival, the victim was found to be an 83 year old male, who was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.
Witnesses stated that they observed a silver station wagon strike the victim as he was crossing the roadway near the terminal. The vehicle then proceeded to drive through a lowered parking gate arm, causing the arm to break. Upon exiting the parking area of the airport, the suspect was contacted by a parking attendant who observed damage to the station wagon. Because he did not have a parking receipt, the driver of the vehicle provided his name and date of birth to the parking lot attendant, and the attendant also made note of the license plate number on the vehicle.
Later in the evening, paramedics responded to the area of 25 Road and I Road, on a report of a male passed out in a vehicle parked in the area. The vehicle appeared to have been in an accident, and the vehicle, plate, and male driver matched the description provided by the parking attendant at the airport, regarding the hit and run. The driver of the vehicle displayed numerous signs of intoxication, and was transported to the hospital for further evaluation.
Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to the hospital to continue their investigation of the incident. After being treated and released, the suspect in this case, identified as Johnathan Miller, 32, was arrested and transported to the Mesa County Jail, where he was booked on the following charges:
2nd Degree Assault (F3), DUI, Driving Under Revocation, Failure to Remain at the Scene After Injury Accident, Criminal Mischief (F6), Leaving the Scene of an Accident After Striking Property, Vehicular Assault while DUI/DUID (F4), & Elder Abuse (F5).
At approximately 10:40 a.m., three subjects were reported to be trespassing at Bookcliff Middle School, 540 29 1/4 Road. The subjects were located and contacted by a Grand Junction Police Department officer in the area of 29 1/2 Road and Orchard Avenue. One of the subjects was believed to be reaching for a weapon, despite the officer’s commands, and the subjects were detained at gunpoint until back-up officers arrived on scene. Once other officers arrived, all three subjects were placed into custody without incident. Subsequently, a BB gun (photo attached), which looked alarmingly similar to a real firearm, was found in the possession of one of the subjects. The restraint shown by this officer was commendable.
The subjects involved were two 16 year old males, and one 20 year old male, later identified as Frank Foster. Foster was found to have three active warrants, and was searched incident to arrest. Foster was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine. Foster was transported to the Mesa County Jail and booked on charges of 3rd Degree Criminal Trespass (PO1), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (DPO), and Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute (DF4). The juveniles will be charged with misdemeanor crimes and released to parents/guardians. Bookcliff Middle School went into lockdown during the incident, but was released shortly after, with the assistance of other law enforcement personnel and school security officers on scene.
Grand Junction Police Department’s K9 Nero will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Nero’s vest is sponsored by a fundraiser hosted by the Colorado Police Canine Association and and the Fruita Police Department. The vest will be embroidered with the sentiment, “In loving memory of K9 Gero, EOW 5/6/04.” Gero was a GJPD K9 that was killed in the line of duty after being shot by a wanted fugitive. Delivery of Nero’s vest is expected within eight to ten weeks.
“Having experienced the death of Gero in 2004, our agency is keenly aware of the importance of protective gear for our K9 partners,” says Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper. “We’re grateful to Vested Interest in K9s for facilitating this donation for Nero, as well as the community members that attended the fundraising event that made the donation possible.”
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1,900 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over $1.6 million. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.