Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Two suspects wanted out of Utah arrested in Grand Junction

Mark Mair, 27
MCSO Photo 7-26-16
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - Two suspects wanted in connection to a murder in Cedar City, Utah were arrested after a brief standoff Monday night.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office along with the Grand Junction Police Department received information Mark Mair, 27, and Elcha Hatch, 19, may be in the area after fleeing from an alleged homicide in Cedar City.

During a parole check on an unrelated matter it was discovered Hatch was at 316 29 Road in Grand Junction. Because the two were believed to be traveling together, we believed Mair was also inside the home.

Both the Mesa County SWAT Team and Grand Junction SWAT Teams set up a perimeter around the home.

Elcha Hatch, 19
MCSO Photo 7-26-16
After a brief stand-off, SWAT deployed tear gas and was able to arrest both Mair and Hatch without incident.

A number of other subjects inside the home were also detained and questioned; one was arrested on an unrelated warrant out of New Mexico.

Mair was arrested on a warrant for aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, and seven counts of felony discharge of a firearm and is being held on a million dollar warrant.

Hatch was arrested on a warrant for obstruction of justice, a second degree felony and being held on a $10,000 warrant.

Both are being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility.

Investigators with the Cedar City Police Department are continuing to interview witnesses and process evidence related to the shooting.

Contact Cedar City Police for more on the murder investigation.

For updated bond amounts on any inmate currently in our jail, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.

UPDATE: Search for missing Delta County woman continues

MSCO crews look over search area
MESA COUNTY, Colo - Searchers have begun Day 3 of looking for 82-year-old Mary Finnegan in the Uncompahgre National Forest.

The main search is focused on a 5 to 6 mile radius near the area where her car was found on Sunday. ATV teams have gone out about a 20 mile radius.

Crews are working to cover as much ground as possible, but also as thoroughly as possible.

The vegetation in the area is very dense and difficult to see through and in some cases see over. Some overgrowth is 3 feet to 12 feet tall, and that doesn't include trees in the area.

Monday about 50 to 60 people searched for more than ten hours.
Staging area for search and rescue crews
in Uncompahgre National Forest

Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Mesa County Search and Rescue, Mesa County Sheriff’s Posse, Montrose County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and local ranchers familiar with the area are now involved in the search.

Mesa County Search and Rescue has members of its ground team, ATV, tracking, and dog teams also working on the search effort.

Similar resources are expected again Tuesday.  Crews will be moving into more areas and checking others more thoroughly.

"We are taking the search one day at a time. It has been very taxing not only for family members, but for search crews as well," said Sheriff Matt Lewis.

Finnegan's car was found Sunday morning about 4-5 miles off Divide Road near the Mesa County and Montrose County line.

The car was towed out of the forest Monday and is currently being processed by Mesa County Sheriff's investigators.

They are looking for more clues as to how long the car may have been left in the Uncompahgre National Forest and any information as to where Finnegan might be as well as her condition.

Nothing has been found to indicate foul play.

Finnegan was last seen Friday, July 15th at the Rose Bowl Bowling Alley in Montrose.

Finnegan is 5'1, 100 lbs, 82 years old, and was last seen wearing jeans, white shirt, blue sweater or sweater vest. Finnegan has dementia and might be confused.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is asking if anyone camping, hiking, or recreating in the area in the last week saw her or something that might be helpful to searchers to please give us a call (970) 244-3526.

Video taken Sunday

Monday, July 25, 2016

MCSO arrest driver of a stolen car

Albert Mersman, 53
Photo MSCO 7-22-16
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo – Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 53-year-old Albert Mersman of Pueblo Thursday afternoon after a stolen car was recovered.

Just before noon, Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies spotted a stolen jeep out of Pueblo.

The driver of the jeep, later identified as Mersman, took off and eluded deputies.

Mesa County Deputies later tracked the stolen jeep to a field off 28 ½ Road between I-70B and North Ave where they found it abandoned.

A short time later, deputies spotted Mersman near the 2800 block of Chipeta Avenue running towards a nearby shopping center.

Deputies caught up to Mersman  behind Solarus Square Shopping Center located at 28 ¼ Road and North Ave. He gave up and was arrested without incident.

Mersman is facing several charges including Second Degree Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft.

Mersman is being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility on a $5,000 bond.

For updated bond amounts on any inmate currently in our jail, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.