The Grand Junction Regional Communication Center has been made aware that, due to an issue with the service provider, AT&T wireless customers may currently be unable to call 9-1-1 from their wireless phones. This is an issue affecting our area, as well as call centers on the Front Range, and in other states. While we are not able to speak to the cause of the problem, we do want the community to be aware of it. If you are an AT&T customer, please call the main GJRCC line to reach public safety personnel in the event of an emergency, which is (970)242-6707. As we are made aware of any updates to this issue, we will share them here. Please share this information with anyone who may be impacted by this outage. Thank you!
The Grand Junction Police Department needs your help to identify and locate a theft suspect.
About 6:30 p.m. on Monday, August 8, 2016 at the self-checkout register in Walmart, located at 2881 North Avenue, an unidentified female subject took the victim’s Victoria’s Secret brand gray wallet with “PINK” printed on both sides. The stolen wallet contained cash and the victim’s personal identification and VISA credit card.
Security cameras captured a White or Hispanic female, in her 30’s, with shoulder length dark hair, wearing a gray Nike t-shirt and black Capri stretch pants. The surveillance photo of the suspect can be viewed at http://www.241STOP.com.
If you know the identity or whereabouts of the subject 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 .
On Tuesday night, at around 10pm, an officer with the Grand Junction Police Department observed a red Chevy Impala approaching the Clifton exit on I-70. The vehicle was weaving over the fog line on the road, and the officer initiated a traffic stop, but the vehicle failed to yield for the officer.
Shortly after that, the same vehicle was seen again, and officers observed that the car was displaying a temporary tag that expired in February. Officers stopped the vehicle on F 1/2 Road and contacted the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, identified as Brooke Sackse, 24, of Grand Junction.
During a routine records check of Sackse, it was revealed that she was driving with a revoked license, and that she had an active warrant for her arrest. Sackse was placed into custody, and a K9 unit conducted a sniff of the vehicle. After the K9 alerted to the presence of illegal drugs inside the vehicle, a search of the car was completed. The search resulted in the location of prescription drugs, marijuana concentrate, and psilocybin mushrooms, as well as over 2 lbs of marijuana. Officers also found several bottles of butane, which is commonly used to extract marijuana concentrate. Additionally, officers located brass knuckles, a handgun with two loaded magazines, and a loaded assault rifle in the car. A criminal history search for Sackse revealed that she is a convicted felon, and therefore is prohibited from possessing weapons.
Sackse was remanded to the Mesa County Jail on charges of Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance (DF4), Possession with Intent to Distribute (DF2), Possession of a Schedule III/IV/V Controlled Substance (DM1), Unlicensed Manufacture of Marijuana Concentrate (F2), Possession of Weapons by Previous Offenders (F6), Conspiracy to Distribute (DF1), Possession of a Dangerous or Illegal Weapon (M1), Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana (DF3), and Driving with a Revoked License, as well as her warrant. A current booking photo of Sackse is not available at this time.
At around 2:00pm on Monday afternoon, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to the 800 Block of 4th Avenue on a report of a felony menacing occurring with a handgun in the area. It was reported that a verbal altercation had occurred between two subjects, with one male shouting threats of violence to another, attempting to start a fight, and ultimately displaying a handgun in his waistband.
As officers arrived on scene, the suspect fled the area in a Jeep at a high rate of speed. Shortly before reaching South 7th Street, the suspect, later identified as Pablo Urenda, 27, came face to face with a patrol vehicle, and was taken into custody.
In plain view in the Jeep the suspect was driving was a handgun, which was later discovered to be loaded, with a round in the chamber. A records check of the gun confirmed it to be stolen. A criminal history check of Urenda revealed that he is a convicted felon.
Upon being taken into custody, Urenda was also found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, including items commonly used in the distribution of illegal drugs, as well as identification and financial transaction devices for unknown subjects.
Urenda was remanded to the Mesa County Jail on charges of Felony Menacing (F5), Possession of Weapons by Previous Offenders (F5), Possession of Schedule I/II Controlled Substance (DF4), Unlawfully Carrying a Concealed Weapon (M2), Driving While Revoked as a Habitual Offender, Criminal Possession of a Financial Device (M1), Criminal Possession of an Identification Document (M1), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (DPO), and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance (DF3).
Three people were arrested yesterday on charges related to a felony check fraud scheme suspected of reaching as far as Denver.
Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department became aware of fraudulent checks being used to open accounts in Grand Junction after being alerted to the activity by bank employees. Multiple accounts were reported to have been opened or attempted using checks written on the same accounts, with similar characteristics, such as the note in the memo line of the check. On Thursday, bank personnel contacted the police department reference a male currently at the location, attempting to open an account using one of the identified fraudulent checks. Officers arrived and arrested two males, identified as Michael Sexton, 35, and David Faught, 31. Both Sexton and Faught had outstanding warrants for their arrests.
Sexton advised police that he was selling a car to Faught for $2,000. He planned to cash the check that Faught wrote him in the amount of $2,800, and give $800 back to Faught. Sexton admitted that he was aware that the name on the check was not Faught’s, and was further aware that Faught and his girlfriend were writing bad checks and opening bank accounts across the Western Slope and possibly as far as Denver, but they had promised him the check they gave him was “good.”
A search warrant was requested on the address associated with Faught in the 200 Block of Beacon Court. Deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office contacted Faught’s girlfriend, identified as Amanda Giron, 28, at the residence on an unrelated investigation. When she was contacted, Giron was found to be in possession of blank checks matching the characteristics of the checks previously used to open the fraudulent accounts around town.
Faught, Sexton, and Giron were all arrested on felony charges of Forgery, Fraud, and Theft. A booking photo for Faught was not available at the time of this posting.
Crime Stoppers needs your help to locate the subject that used a lost credit card to make purchases.
On Thursday, February 2nd a person lost their pink wallet containing their driver’s license, other personal identification documents and VISA debit/credit cards. Later that day, a female used a credit card from the lost or possibly stolen wallet to purchase items from Teller Arms Liquor, Domino’s Pizza and Smoker Friendly. Security cameras captured a picture of a white female with dark hair wearing a beige scarf over an army green jacket, blue jeans and a turquoise baseball cap with a skull emblem. Photos of the female subject can be viewed at http://www.241stop.com.
If you know the persons 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 # 2017-6813
Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a home in the 1400 Block of Rood Avenue at approximately 9:00pm on Tuesday night on a report of a possible burglary in progress. Residents reported that when they returned home, they found that there was forced entry into their home, and there was blood on the floor.
Officers arrived within minutes and entered the home. Officers called out for anyone in the home to announce their presence and received no response. Officers could hear noises coming from the basement of the home and found a male with a knife at the bottom of the stairs leading to the basement. The male threatened officers and was given numerous verbal commands to drop the knife and show his hands, but he failed to comply. The officers utilized de-escalation techniques with a Taser and the male was taken into custody. He was transported to the hospital for treatment of self-inflicted injuries. The extent of the injuries is unknown at this time. The investigation is open and ongoing.