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Update at 3:00 a.m.
All lanes of Patterson Rd are now open again. The investigation continues.
The Grand Junction Police and Fire Departments are investigating a possible arson at 2576 Patterson Rd. At this point in the investigation we believe a woman intentionally set her own home on fire. She has been taken into custody and charges are pending. We are still working to determine why she may have done this. No one was injured.
The home sustained significant damage, and Patterson Rd is closed between Meander Dr. and 25 1/2 Rd. because of the emergency crews working this fire and and the investigation.
We will send out an update when we have more information.
The Western Colorado Drug Task Force has arrested nine people and is looking for two others after an extensive investigation into drug trafficking in Mesa County. The investigation began in August 2014 when a confidential informant told investigators 38-year-old Jesus Cochran was supplying heroin to drug users in the area. Cochran has also been tied to methamphetamine and cocaine distribution.
DTF investigators also obtained information about 47-year-old Raymond Cordova, who is also suspected of distributing significant quantities of illegal drugs in Mesa County.
DTF investigators were able to link both Cochran and Cordova to 30-year-old Eduardo De La Cruz, who is believed to be the head of the drug trafficking organization and was the supplier for Cochran and Cordova. De La Cruz is suspected of bringing significant amounts of drugs to Mesa County from the Salt Lake City area, where he lives. DTF investigators arrested De La Cruz earlier this year after a brief standoff at a tattoo shop in the 1100 block of N. 25th St. (previously released information).
Multiple search warrants were obtained and executed during this investigation, and resulted in the seizure of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, US currency, firearms, and other illegal items. DTF investigators also identified other local suspects who were supplied by and conspired with Cochran and Cordova to distribute the illegal drugs in Mesa County and elsewhere. Those individuals are:
- Sharon Jacobs- 58- years-old, (Arrested)
- Robert McCullar- 23- years-old, (Arrested)
- Jonathan Gardner- 25- years-old, (Arrested)
- Kyle Finn- 26- years-old. (Arrested)
- Callie Davis- 33- years-old. (Arrested)
- Shauna Harlow- 35- years-old, (Arrested)
- Cody Davis- 30- years-old, (Outstanding Warrant)
- Steven Jones- 22- years-old, (Outstanding Warrant)
Each year we publish our annual crime and traffic report on our website, with a comparison of the numbers over a 5 year period to help put it in context. We also include brief summaries for some of the noteworthy items listed in the report, to help give the numbers some meaning. While we can’t tell you EXACTLY why some numbers are up and others are down (the criminals rarely tell us why they did or didn’t commit the crime!), we do our best to analyse the data and compare it to relevant changes or observations from within the department.
Brace yourself!– we’re about to throw a lot of numbers at you, but the goal is to help paint a complete picture that goes beyond a headline. It might be helpful to have the crime report next to you as you read through this.
To say that crime is on the rise in Grand Junction is technically true. Of all the reported crime for 2014 there were 10,043 incidents, compared to 9,995 in 2013 (a total of 48 incidents spread out over the entire year). However, the 2014 total is lower than in both 2011 and 2012 by approximately 700 incidents each of those years. In fact, the five year average for crime is Grand Junction is 10,224 incidents per year, meaning we were 181 incidents below the 5 year average in 2014.
Where did we see increases in crime? Rape numbers went from 48 reported incidents in 2013 to 67 in 2014. Of those 67 reported incidents, more than 85% of the reports noted that the victim and suspect knew each other. Part of that increase may be due in part to a push last year by officers to reach out to high school and college students to educate them about preventing sexual assault and how to report it if someone is a victim of sexual assault. We blogged about that program several times last year. By the way, the five year average for rape incidents is 57 reports a year, 10 fewer than what we saw in 2014.
DUI incidents also went up last year, with 472 incidents in 2014 compared to 361 in 2013. The five year average is 455. DUI incidents primarily involve proactive, officer initiated operations. In 2014 we were able to fill multiple vacancies allowing us to provide more officers on the streets to address drunken drivers and other crime problems.
Kidnapping incidents also went up in 2014. We had 18 incidents, compared to a 5 year average of 12. We feel it’s important to educate our community that kidnappings reported to the GJPD are generally domestic violence (illegally moving a person from one location to another) or family related, including parental kidnappings. In 2014 only one reported kidnapping was a stranger attempting to abduct a victim. The victim was able to escape.
So, what types of crimes went down in 2014? Quite a few actually, including robbery, burglary, auto theft, theft from auto and car break-ins, shoplifting, disorderly conduct, harassment/stalking, fraud/forgery, and vandalism. Property related crimes are at a 5 year low, and our homicide rate is right at the 5 year average.
The real story is that crime tends to go up and down over the years, and there’s not one single factor that we could point to and say, “that’s the reason why!” Just know that we will continue working hard for this community to make sure we are meeting our mission:
To enforce the law, safeguard our community,
and enhance its quality of life through the
prevention, investigation, and reduction of crime.
The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating a stabbing that happened outside of Fantasy Gentlemen’s Club in the 2200 block of Colex Dr.
At about 1:40 A.M. a club employee called 911 after a man came inside the club with stab wounds to his stomach and chest. At this point in the investigation we believe the man had been inside the club, went outside where he was stabbed, and then came back inside. We are still determining all of the circumstances surrounding what took place while the man was outside.
Officers arrived at the club shortly after the 911 call and began identifying the people inside. They also stopped a pickup truck that matched the description of a vehicle seen leaving the parking lot at about the time of the stabbing. One person inside that truck has been detained for questioning. A second person came to the police department voluntarily and will also be questioned.
The man is being treated at St. Mary’s Hospital. Our investigation is ongoing. We will release more information as it becomes available.
Matthew Ryan Stauter, the final outstanding suspect wanted in connection to the December drug bust by the Western Colorado Drug Task Force (DTF) and the man who ran from deputies in Molina and tried to steal a car earlier this month is now in custody.
Late this afternoon, a combined effort involving the Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Units, with assistance from the DTF, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Homeland Security, and the Bureau of Land Management, led us to Stauter’s girlfriend, Taelor Oropeza, who was in the parking lot of 1000 N. 9th St. Oropeza also had a warrant for her arrest in connection to the DTF drug bust in December. She confirmed Stauter was in a bottom floor business at that address.
Officers and deputies from the agencies listed above surrounded the building, evacuated people from the other units in the building, and began calling for Stauter to come out, which he did without incident. The entire operation lasted about one hour and 15 minutes.
Oropeza was arrested on multiple warrants, as was the woman in the vehicle with her, 30-year-old Melissa Pruitt. Pruitt is being charged with accessory to a felony crime for helping Stauter and Oropeza avoid capture.
Local law enforcement worked together Tuesday evening (February 17, 2015) to arrest a parole absconder wanted in Utah who was known to be armed and dangerous. After executing a search warrant they found distribution quantities of drugs, multiple weapons, and thousands of dollars in cash.
The incident began when officers received information that 30-year-old Eduardo De La Cruz was at a tattoo shop in the 1100 block of N. 25th St. Officers established surveillance and saw De La Cruz get out of a pickup and go into the tattoo shop. Grand Junction Police and Mesa County Sheriff’s Street Crimes Units and SWAT members, along with members of the Western Colorado Drug Task Force immediately surrounded the building and evacuated people who were in adjoining businesses. They then called De La Cruz out of the building and took him into custody without incident.
Investigators obtained a search warrant for the truck he was seen in and found more than a half ounce of cocaine, more than a quarter ounce of heroin, more than 12 ounces of marijuana, and approximately 3.5 grams of methamphetamine. They also found scales, packaging material, and other drug paraphernalia, as well as two handguns, a rifle, a shotgun, and more than $25,000 in cash.
A criminal history of De La Cruz showed he was convicted of felony robbery in 2000 in Salt Lake City and is currently on parole.
Shortly before 1 pm on Thursday, January 8th officers responded to a theft call at Wal- Mart located at 2545 Rimrock Avenue. A male suspect removed an LG L39C
smartphone from the display. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 25-30 years old with a medium build, about 5’8 to 6’ tall with black hair. He wore a
black jacket, blue jeans and black sneakers. The suspect was seen driving away in a black passenger car bearing Colorado license plate 788-QVT. The LG smartphone was
valued over $300. The surveillance photos of the suspect and vehicle are included in this post.
If you know the identity or location of the subject involved in this crime, please call 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 www.241stop.com.
GJPD Case # 15-1430
The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating a stabbing that took place in front of a home in the 400 block of Melody Ln today.
Witnesses told police they saw 29-year-old Victor Green attack his father with a knife and heard him threaten to kill his father. Officers observed several wounds to the father’s hands and a cut on his side that went through the clothing.
The father said Green confronted him in the driveway and started yelling at him. He told Green to leave at which point Green pulled out a large knife and cut him. The father tackled Green and held him on the ground until officers arrived. The father said Green had threatened to kill him on the previous night for not giving him money.
Both men were taken to the hospital. Victor was later released and officers booked him into jail, charged with criminal attempt to commit first degree murder, first degree assault with injury, and violation of a protection order. The protection order prohibited Victor from possessing a weapon.
Crime Stoppers is requesting information that will lead to the identification of the suspect that stole a set of iHome portable speakers from Kohl’s Department Store located at 636 Market Street on Sunday, November 2nd around 4 p.m.
Video surveillance captured a male subject about 5’10” tall, weighing approximately 240 lbs. with a goatee. He wore a black hoodie, camo colored shorts, a head wrap and sunglasses. The suspect was last seen leaving in a white Nissan Maxima. The surveillance photo of the suspect is included with this blog post.
If you know the identity or whereabouts of the subjects 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 www.241stop.com.
12 People Arrested In Drug and Money Laundering Case; Investigators Looking For 4 More #GVCopBeat #PolTwt
The Western Colorado Drug Task Force (DTF), with assistance from the Grand Junction Police and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Units, has arrested 12 of the 16 people believed to be involved in a drug trafficking organization in Mesa County.
DTF Investigators began making the arrests Thursday night, with additional arrests taking place throughout the day on Friday, after they obtained arrest warrants following an investigation that began in June 2014. Utilizing wire intercepts, confidential informants, and surveillance, investigators identified the people who were the primary supply sources for methamphetamine coming from the Denver area and being distributed in the Grand Junction area. Diligent police work led to the identification of Stephen Blake (date of birth 02/15/1973) as the person in charge of the distribution in Mesa County. They also identified multiple lower level drug dealers who worked for the drug trafficking organization or who obtained drugs from the organization. Investigators also seized methamphetamine, heroine, firearms, and counterfeit money while working this case.
Those who have been arrested at this time include:
- Stephen Blake (02/15/1973)
- Aaron Vigil (09/29/1983)
- Donna Lillie (04/11/1959)
- Dawn Murphy (01/20/1973)
- Justin Adair (08/18/1972)
- Kevin Smith (12/08/1976)
- Laura Smith (06/05/1960)
- Michelle Ricks (07/01/1979)
- Pearl Higgs (06/24/1956)
- Sharde Galindo (08/19/1990)
- Tomi Jo Highline (04/24/1965)
- Virginia Higgs (05/29/1975)
Those who have arrest warrants but have not yet been arrested are:
- Fabian Ortiz (12/05/1984)
- Matthew Finley (05/21/1986)
- Matthew Stauter (11/14/1984)
- Taeler Oropeza (12/10/1988)