Monday, August 31, 2015

Deputies respond to a report of shots fired

Shots Fired in Pear Park neighborhood 
On Sunday August 30, 2015 at about 2:00 pm, deputies from the Mesa County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a report of several shots fired in the area of 30 1/2 Road and Colorado Avenue.  Upon their arrival, three vehicles sped away, and two subjects from the altercation were seen running into a nearby residence.

After deputies gained consent to search the residence, they made contact with a juvenile male who had several outstanding warrants for his arrest.  The juvenile was subsequently placed into DYC custody for those warrants.

Shell casings from two different firearms were also discovered in the vicinty of the disturbance.  

Deputies later contacted two other subjects who were persons of interest in the incident and placed them into custody.  One was a juvenile male and the other was 26 year old Adam Phillips (see booking photo below). 

Adam Phillips MCSO Booking photo Aug 2015 
One of the two subjects was found to be in possession of a defaced Ruger .22 caliber handgun.  The gun was loaded and a round was in the chamber. 

The juvenile was screened to DYC for several charges.  Adam was booked into the Mesa County Jail for obstructing a peace officer and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

There were no known injuries in connection with this incident.  The investigation into this incident is still ongoing at this time. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Man Arrested On Sex Assault Charge

Two Counts Of Sex Assault On A Child, Charged


David Haskin, 24, of Grand Junction
MCSO Photo/Aug 2015
Mesa County, Colo. -- Yesterday evening, deputies arrested David Lee Haskin, 24, of Grand Junction, on a warrant issued for two counts of sexual assault on a child with a pattern of abuse. Investigators found evidence that substantiates the victim's account of meeting David on the Internet and remaining in touch with him through the social media outlet, Facebook.

The victim tells investigators, that in February 2015, she invited David into her home without her guardian knowing he was there. The victim was 12-years-old at the time she claims multiple sexual encounters occurred.

We would be remiss to not remind locals about an upcoming free safety class hosted and taught by Grand Junction Police Officer, Suzette Friedenberger. The class is tailored to parents, along with their high school and college age children, to attend together. It will be on the evening of September 8, 2015. For more information, CLICK HERE.

David's bond has been set at $50,000.00 cash only, and he currently remains in the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated information on any inmate currently in our jail facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry System website.

For community resources related to talking to children about sexual assault and/or getting them assistance, click here.



Friday, August 21, 2015

Weekly Arrest Wrap-ups

A Stolen Corvette, Rape, Warrants & DV Top This 

Week's Arrest Wrap-ups


Chase Wheeler, 18
MCSO Photo/Aug 2015
Mesa County, Colo. -- The blue Corvette Stingray was reported missing five days prior to deputies locating it Wednesday evening, from the 200 block of Huffer Ln., Grand Junction. Video surveillance from the area where the car was stolen showed a dark haired male and a light haired male in the immediate area when the car was taken from the owner's residence.

The driver and passenger of the stolen car were Chase Wheeler, 18 and Peter Hamby, 21, both Grand Junction,  respectively, when deputies contacted them in Orchard Mesa and conducted a traffic stop just before 7 p.m.

Peter Hamby, 21
MCSO Photo/Aug 2015
Chase was arrested and booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on first degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, second degree burglary, criminal mischief and displaying fictitious license plates. He was released from jail on a $10,000 PR bond and is scheduled to appear in court on September 1, at 8 a.m.

Peter was arrested on outstanding warrants, and was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on first degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, second degree burglary and criminal mischief. He has been released from jail after posting a $175.00 cash/surety bond and a $10,000 PR bond. His next court date is September 1, at 8 a.m.

In a separate case, transport deputies brought Robert Ortego, 50, from a Canon City prison back to our facility after CBI matched his DNA to swabs taken from a suspected victim of sexual assault. The incident is believed to have occurred at Robert's then home near 29 and D Roads, in Grand Junction.
Robert Ortego, 50
MCSO Photo/Aug 2015

Robert is being charged with a class 3 felony of sexual assault. He is currently serving a 5 year prison sentence on an unrelated case, which began in January 2015. Because he is a current Department of Correction inmate, he is not eligible for bond while in our facility.

Deputies have been looking for the man riding the orange rimmed bicycle in the Clifton area, known as Paul Henderson, 25, of Clifton. Yesterday, around 5:15 p.m., they saw him in the area of 32 and D 1/4 Roads, and arrested him after a short foot chase.

Paul Henderson, 25
MCSO Photo/Aug 2015
He was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on four outstanding warrants, in addition to charges related to retaliation against a witness/victim, criminal mischief and domestic violence. Three separate deputies had individual open cases against Paul at the time of his arrest, and he had in his possession multiple items believed to have been stolen (connected to open cases). Total value of the suspected stolen property was nearly $1,000.00.

For updated bond information on any inmate currently in our detention facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry webpage.