Failed Attempt to “Hide from Police” #GVCopBeat

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GORDONAt approximately 5:00am on Tuesday, August 11, an on-duty officer with the Grand Junction Police Department contacted two people in the 1000 Block of Grand Avenue.  After striking up a consensual conversation with the two individuals, the uniformed officer asked them where they were headed  The female, later identified as Danielle Gordon, 29, told him they were going “somewhere to hide from police.”

The officer was able to observe that Gordon had a rolled up cloth sticking out of her clothing, and he could see two plungers for hypodermic needles visible at the top of the cloth.  The officer asked Gordon to remove the needles and hand them to him. Gordon asked, “What needles?”  The officer assured her that the items were clearly visible.  At that point, Gordon reached up and started to depress the plungers of both needles into her clothing.  The officer was able to quickly remove the needles from Gordon’s possession.  Both needles contained a clear liquid that tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine.  A probable cause search of Gordon’s property revealed additional suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Danielle Gordon was arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Jail on charges of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Camera In Porta Potty Investigation #GJCopbeat #gjco

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The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating an incident involving a camera inside a portable toilet at the Junior Service League Park (2383 Redlands Pkwy) near the Blue Heron boat ramp. We are asking anyone who used the toilet from August 5, 2013 to October 11, 2013 to call the Grand Junction Police Department at 970-549-5231.

Below is a photo of a shirt worn by a possible witness in this case, however we believe there are others, and would like to speak with anyone who might have information, who recognizes the shirt in the photo, or who saw a suspicious individual in this area.

At this time we do not believe any other facilities were involved.

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Man Suspected of Trying to Rob a Cop #poltwt #GVCopBeat

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PATRICIOPRECIADOPHOTO110113A Grand Junction man is in jail this morning, after pointing what appeared to be a gun at a police officer’s face and demanding his money.

Just after midnight, a Grand Junction Police officer was walking in the 500 block of Main St. near the breezeway.  A man who was standing in the breezeway, later identified as 29-year-old Patricio Preciado of Grand Junction, pointed what appeared to be a black handgun in the officer’s face and said, “Give me your money.”  The officer, believing that the man was going to shoot him, drew his handgun.  As he did so, Preciado smiled and held up his gun, saying he was just kidding and that it was a toy gun.

The officer then took the fake gun from Preciado and called for additional officers.  Preciado told the officer that he did not know he was a cop.  The officer was in full uniform at the time and arrested Preciado for attempted robbery and felony menacing.

Based on his training and experience, the officer involved, who is a member of our SWAT team and a defensive tactics instructor, believed based on Preciado’s posture as he held what looked to be a real gun and Preciado’s tone of his voice, that his life was in danger.   Whether Preciado was kidding or not, his actions put himself in grave danger.  The officer’s alertness, discipline, and continued training allowed him to end this dangerous situation in a manner that stopped the criminal conduct and allowed the officer to take the suspect into custody without further incident.

Case # 13-53521

Upcoming Global Tweet Along Includes Grand Valley Law Enforcement #poltwt #GVCopBeat #gjco

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Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and the Grand Junction Police Department Will Join More Than 100 Participating Agencies Across Six Countries to Take to Twitter Nov 1st.

Mesa County, Colo. – On Nov 1, starting at 8 a.m., law enforcement agencies around the world will connect via Twitter to participate in a 24-hour Tweet-a-thon to bring attention to the use of social media by law enforcement. Agencies will tweet using the same hashtag, #poltwt, to create awareness about police work and issues police face as well as to promote the use of social media in policing.

“We use social media to connect directly with the citizens of Mesa County and give them an outlet to connect direct with us,” Sheriff Stan Hilkey said. “Taking our message globally, even for a day, brings awareness to the great things law enforcement does in the Grand Valley.”

“Social Media is an important communication tool for our citizens,” said Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper. “It allows us to push important information out to our community, while also receiving direct feedback and comments from those we serve, so that together we can keep Grand Junction a safe place to live.”

“We have participation from agencies in New Zealand and Kenya all over Europe, Canada and the US.” said Lauri Stevens, founder of LAwS Communications and organizer of the Global Police Tweet-a-thon. “We’re calling attention to the great police work being done globally as well as connecting cops around the world.”

Any agency can join the Tweet-a-thon and tweet any portion of the 24-hour period.

In addition, GJPD and MCSO will use this opportunity to promote #GVCopBeat, which is a local thread for those interested in law enforcement news happening in the Grand Valley.

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GJPD Trying to Locate A Man #GVCopBeat #gjco

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Richard HoltonThe Grand Junction Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a man who has not returned home after going camping.

25-year-old Richard Tayne Holton was last seen on Sunday, October 13. Richard often goes camping by himself for several days, however family and friends are concerned that they have not seen or heard from him in more than a week.

Richard drives a silver 1993 Nissan King Cab pickup truck with license plate number 630WYE. Richard is a white man, 5-feet 7-inches tall, with hazel eyes, brown hair, and weighing 145 pounds.

If you have seen Richard recently or know where he is, please contact the Grand Junction Police Department at 970-242-6707.

Free Class About 911 For Spanish Speakers #GVCopBeat #gjco

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911 Dispatcher Lucas Matthews will be teaching a 911 class for Spanish speakers.
911 Dispatcher Lucas Matthews will be teaching a 911 class for Spanish speakers.

One of our 911 dispatchers noticed a need in our community, and is taking some steps to address that need.  Click here to learn more from The Insider on The GJPD Patrol.

Crime of the Week for October 17, 2013 #MCcrimestoppers #GVCopBeat

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Crime Stoppers Bulletin for October 17, 2013

This week Crime Stoppers needs your help in identifying and locating the suspects involved in vandalizing property at Colorado Mesa University.

Sometime between 7 pm on Sunday, October 13th and 7:30 am on Monday, October 14th, unknown suspects damaged the steel frames supporting the white WeatherPORT tent located on the East side of Cannell Avenue, north
of the CMU softball field. The total estimated property damage is over $7,000.

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the subjects 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 # 13-50171


Five Pounds of Meth Found In Car #GVCopBeat

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CARLOSGARCIAPHOTO101613Interdiction deputies with the Western Colorado Drug Task Force stopped a rental car near mile marker 18 on eastbound Interstate 70. It was about 10:40 a.m., on October 15, 2013, when deputies witnessed multiple traffic infractions and pulled the black passenger car over.
There was a single occupant and driver of the vehicle, Carlos Garcia, 36, of Los Angeles, Calif. Carlos gave consent to the interdiction deputies to search his vehicle and they located 5.5 pounds of methamphetamine in the liner of a cooler, in the vehicle trunk. The deputies found it suspicious that the cooler had water bottles and soda pop in it, but no ice. There were pry marks on the cooler liner to indicate the cooler had been tampered with.
The approximate street value of 5.5 pounds of methamphetamine is between $100,000.00 to $150,000.00. A Mesa County criminal history of Carlos found he was previously arrested and convicted of transporting 8 pounds of marijuana by Greyhound bus. In both Mesa County arrests, his final destination was Colorado Springs.
Bond information can be found on the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Inmate Inquiry System.
The Western Colorado Drug Task Force is a partnership established in the early 1980’s between the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. The Task Force is designed to fight the battles of drugs on the frontlines and other crimes that are associated with dealing and using drugs.  Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper and Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey agree this Task Force is effective and nationally competitive in the law enforcement field when it comes to knowledge, experience and team work. The Drug Task Force provides a refined level of service to the law abiding citizens of Mesa County and across the Western Slope.

Crime of the Week for October 11, 2013 #MCcrimestoppers

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Crime Stoppers Bulletin for October 10, 2013

The Grand Junction Police Department needs the public’s help to identify and locate suspects that were involved in an assault and robbery.

On Saturday, September 28th at about 10:00 am, two African American males approached the victim in the area of 28 ½ Road and North Avenue. The subjects assaulted and robbed the victim before fleeing the area.

The suspects were described as being between 18 and 25 years old, 5’10” to 6’2”, weighing between 150 and 180 pounds. Both had shoulder length dread-locks and both were wearing black pants, with black hooded sweat shirts.

If you know the identity or location of the subject(s) involved, please contact Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information, see us at www.241stop.com

GJPD Case # 13-47328

Keep Your Rental Property Crime Free #gjco

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Crime_Free_Multihousing_LogoRegistration is underway for the next Crime Free Multi-Housing class.   This is a very popular, FREE program that teaches property owners and managers how to keep crime out of their properties. The first step in the three step process is to take an 8 hour training class that is spread over two days.  Register online and get more details at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8152276679/es2/?rank=1

At the training class we discuss background checks, lease agreements, current trends in narcotics activity, gang awareness, and crime prevention. The second phase is a survey Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). During that survey, we look at locks, lighting, and landscaping of the property and make recommendations to make the property safer. The third phase consists of a safety social where the owner invites the residents out to discuss crime prevention and the Crime Free program.

After the completion of the 3 phases, the property becomes certified and we provide signs to post at the entrance for all to see. The owner can also use the Crime Free Logo when advertising for new tenants. The Police Department keeps a list of properties involved in the program and often times has residents come to the police department asking about Crime Free Properties.

This program is internationally recognized and was founded in Arizona in 1992. Some of the benefits of active participants have shown an 80% reduction in calls for service, arrests and reports at properties. Some insurance agencies that recognize the program have also offered a reduced cost on insurance. One of the properties in Arizona received a $10,000 per year savings. Locally, we give the property owner a listing of all calls for service at their property on a weekly basis. We also track any residents that live or visit the property for arrests. If anyone living or visiting the property is arrested, we will notify the owner and provide police reports.

Click here to view the informational flyer