Friday, April 29, 2016

Grand Junction man arrested for sex crimes

Case Eli Martin, 22
MCSO Photo 4-28-16
MESA COUNTY, Colo. -  Casey Eli Martin, 22, of Grand Junction was arrested Thursday, April 28, 2016 after a warrant was issued for his arrest. 

Martin was charged with Unlawful Sexual Contact, a class 4 felony, Obscenity, a class 6 felony, and Indecent Exposure to a Minor, a class 1 misdemeanor.

Martin was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility and is being held on a No Bond Hold. 

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

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Clifton shooting update 4-28-16

MESA COUNTY, Colo. - Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 1:05 p.m. deputies from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of shots fired at an apartment complex at 488 32 Road.

The reporting party stated a person, who looked like they might have been shot, was seen running away from the property.

A short time later, a person was dropped off at St. Mary’s Hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound. Investigators later determined this incident was related to the initial call on 32 Road.

Several vehicles were seized as part of the investigation.

This remains an ongoing active investigation.

If anyone has any information about this incident please call the Witness Tip Line at (970) 244-3526 or Crime Stoppers at (970) 241-STOP.  Crime Stoppers also allows you to submit tips online at as well as through text.  Text your tip to CRIMES (274637) and start your message with “241STOP.”  Crime Stoppers tips remain anonymous and you could be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Alternative Sentencing Unit No Longer Accepting New Clients

Mesa County, Colo -- The Alternative Sentencing Unit (ASU), which the Mesa County Sheriff's Office has operated since August 2007, is no longer accepting new clients.  The ASU, who has seen over 1500 clients come through the program in the past nine years, is expected to shut down this summer.

Although the ASU has been a beneficial sentencing option for some individuals convicted of low level felony and misdemeanor crimes, the program has remained underutilized despite efforts to increase its population.  Sheriff Lewis has determined the cost to operate the ASU versus its utilization is no longer fiscally responsible to continue.  As a steward of taxpayer dollars, it is important that we consider the viability of each of our programs.

All current Mesa County Sheriff's Office employees working at the ASU, have been provided the opportunity to remain employed with the Sheriff's Office in the Detentions Division.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

UPDATE: Inmate Who Jumped to his Death Identified

Carl McDaniel, 50
MCSO Photo: 05/18/14 
Mesa County, Colo -- UPDATE: 04/08/2016 - The inmate who died last night after jumping from the second floor balcony of the jail has been identified.  Carl McDaniel, age 50, was declared dead at the scene.

McDaniel has been in the Mesa County Detention Facility since May of 2014.  He was recently convicted of sexual assault on a child and was pending sentencing.   The cause and manner of death will be released by the Mesa County Coroner's Office when they complete their investigation.  

On 04/07/2016 at 4:21 pm, a male inmate, who had been booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on an outstanding warrant relating to sexual assault charges, jumped from the second floor balcony to the first floor, striking his head.  Medical attention was immediately provided by deputies and medical staff while the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to the Detention Facility.  The inmate was declared deceased at the scene.

The identity of the inmate is not being released at this time pending notification of family.

The investigation is being handled by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Complex Crimes Unit and the Mesa County Coroner's Office, but no foul play is suspected

Our thoughts are with the family of the inmate during this difficult time.