Tuesday, March 20, 2018

MCSO investigates home invasion robbery

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo – The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a home invasion robbery that occurred overnight on the 400 block of Mountain Drive in Grand Junction.

At 1:42 a.m. deputies responded to a report of two males breaking into a home and assaulting the homeowner. The two suspects fled in an unknown direction before deputies arrived.

The homeowners told investigators they were sleeping when two masked men entered their home through an unlocked window. The husband was attacked and the family was held at gunpoint while the suspects demanded money. They searched the home and one suspect fired his gun. The husband sustained minor abrasions from the assault.

This is not believed to be a random crime. Investigators believe the victims were intentionally targeted by the suspects and are believed to be known to the victims.

The suspects are described as two African American males, last seen wearing bandanas over their faces, with black hoodies.

Investigators are actively interviewing people believed to be involved in this crime or have knowledge regarding the incident.

This case is still under investigation.

If you have any information about this crime contact the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Witness Tip Line at (970) 244-3526.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Crime Stoppers: Crime of the Week

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - The Grand Junction Police Department needs your help to identify the male subject involved in criminal activity.

About 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 8th, the victim left his credit cards on the customer service counter at City Market located at 2600 N. 12th Street. Shortly after, a male suspect approximately 55-65 years old with dark hair and mustache and last seen wearing an Army baseball cap took the credit cards and made several purchases. The suspect was last seen leaving in an older model gold colored Dodge Caravan that had significant damage on the rear passenger side.

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect 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.

GJPD# 2018-7977

Monday, March 12, 2018

MCSO assists in recovering stolen snow cat

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - Sunday evening the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office received information from the Eagle County Sheriff's Office about the possible location of a stolen General Lee snow cat from Minturn earlier in the morning.

When deputies tried to contact 27-year-old Jason Cuervo at a home on the 1800 block of Deer Park Cir in reference to the stolen property, he did not comply with commands and barricaded himself inside the home.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and Grand Junction Police Department SWAT Teams assisted in safely executing the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office’s search warrant overnight.

A community notification went out to 55 residences in the surrounding community to shelter-in-place as a precaution.

Cuervo was not located, however the stolen snow cat was recovered. Weapons, ammunition, drugs and drug paraphernalia were also recovered.

Cuervo also has several outstanding warrants for his arrest to include felony warrants. Cuervo is described as a 27-year-old white male, 180 pounds, and  6'1" tall. If seen please contact 911.

For more information regarding the stolen snow cat please contact the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

The case is still under investigation.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

MCSO arrests wanted Fruita man in Glade Park

Jixi Kruckenberg, 36
MCSO Photo 5-21-17
GLADE PARK, Colo – Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Jixi Kruckenberg, 36, in Glade Park Tuesday morning.

Kruckenberg was wanted for running from deputies in January after he absconded from parole.

At 7:22 am a Glade Park resident spotted Kruckenberg at the entrance to his property on DS Road, about 4 miles west of the Glade Park Store. The vehicle he was driving in had run out of gas and was blocking the entrance to the property.  Deputies have since learned that vehicle was stolen out of Utah.

Deputies were called in and they arrested Kruckenberg. He was transported to the Mesa County Detention Facility.

Kruckenberg’s charges include Vehicular Eluding (Class 5 Felony), and Escape From Felony Conviction (Class 3 Felony). He also has felony warrants out of the Grand Junction Police Department and Parole.

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

Monday, March 5, 2018

MCSO Welcomes new Undersheriff

Sheriff Matt Lewis administering the 
oath of office to now Undersheriff Todd Rowell.
MESA COUNTY, Colo - In front of colleagues, deputies, family, and friends, Capt. Todd Rowell was sworn in as the Undersheriff for the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office this afternoon.

Rowell is a native of Colorado, raised in a small coal mining town on the Western Slope. After High School, he joined the United States Marine Corps. During his four years in the military he received numerous awards including Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year and the Navy Achievement Medal.

Following his enlistment in the military, Undersheriff Rowell attended both the Corrections Academy and the Police Academy at The Delta-Montrose Technical College. He graduated at the top of his class at the Police Academy in 2000 and was hired by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office the same year.

While working as a Sergeant in The Professional Standards Unit, Undersheriff Rowell continued his education at Colorado Mesa University and earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration. He is a graduate of County Sheriffs of Colorado’s Command Staff Institute and Northwestern University’s Supervision of Police Personnel.
Sheriff Matt Lewis and Undersheriff Todd Rowell

During his 17 years with the Sheriff’s Office he has served in various leadership positions and received several awards including two life-saving medals. He also served six years as the President of the Mesa County Deputy Sheriff’s Association. Along with his wife and two kids, they are proud to call Mesa County their home.

Rowell assumes the position of Undersheriff following Undersheriff Rusty Callow retirement after 37 years of distinguished service in law enforcement.