Monday, November 12, 2018

Fruita man arrested on kidnapping charges

MESA COUNTY, Colo - At 12:37 this afternoon deputies responded to a report of an adult female being held against her will in a car.

The female told deputies her boyfriend, identified as Raymond Villarreal, 34, of Fruita, refused to let her out of the car after an argument. She said she was trapped in the car for several hours while Villarreal drove over the Mesa and into Delta County before returning to the Grand Junction area.

The female attempted to call 911 several times, but hung up before dispatchers could respond. When she was able to successfully make a call to 911, Villarreal stopped the car and left on foot in the area of Pritchard Mesa Ct and J Road.

Colorado State Patrol troopers and Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies were able to locate Villarreal walking nearby. The female was found safe.

Villarreal was arrested without incident and faces the following charges:
  • Second Degree Kidnapping (Class 4 Felony)
  • Assault in the Third Degree (Class 1 Misdemeanor)
  • Obstruction of a Telephone (Class 1 Misdemeanor)
  • Domestic Violence 
  • Drove Motor Vehicle while License under Restraint or Suspended
The case is still under investigation.

Villarreal is being held at the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond amounts visit our website.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the public that you can also text 911 in an emergency. If you don’t have enough cell phone reception to make a call, you may still be able to send a text message. You should continue to make a voice call to 911 whenever possible, however if you are unable, use the Text to 911 option. Learn more about text to 911 here.

Grand Junction man arrested on kidnapping charges

David Gillespie, 31
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MESA COUNTY, Colo - At 2:53 this morning, Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies were called out to a report of a man breaking into a home on the 2900 block of Clarinet Lane and holding the occupants hostage.

The male victim told deputies he woke up to the suspect holding a knife to his throat. He and a woman who was staying at the home, were then held hostage in the living room for about an hour. The male victim was able to escape and run to a neighbor’s house to call 911. He suffered minor injuries.

The female victim told deputies the then suspect pushed her out of the house and they both left the area in her car. The female said she was assaulted in the process. Deputies were able to track down the vehicle to a parking lot near the Fruita Welcome Center. The suspect was arrested without further incident.

The suspect was known to the victims. He is identified as David Gillespie, 31, of Grand Junction.

Gillespie is facing the following charges:
  • 2 counts of Second Degree Kidnapping (Class 2 Felony) 
  • First Degree Burglary (Class 3 Felony) 
  • Aggravated Robbery (Class 3 Felony) 
  • 2 counts of False Imprisonment (Class 2 Misdemeanor) 
  • Criminal Mischief (Class 3 Misdemeanor) 
  • Second Degree Criminal Tampering (Class 2 Misdemeanor) 
  • Felony Menacing (Class 5 Felony) 
  • Harassment (Class 3 Misdemeanor) 
  • Two counts of Assault in the Third Degree (Class 1 Misdemeanor) 
  • Two counts of Reckless Endangerment (Class 3 Misdemeanor) 
  • Menacing (Class 2 Misdemeanor) 
  • Domestic Violence 
This case is still under investigation.

Gillespie is being held at the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond amounts visit our website. 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Law Enforcement Records Personnel Week


Join us in recognizing the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office records personnel for their crucial role in the criminal justice system.

Governor John Hickenlooper declared November 5, 2018 through November 9, 2018 the first ever Law Enforcement Records Personnel Week to honor the vital service this dedicated group of individuals provide.

Records personnel assist law enforcement by helping with identifying suspects, relaying vital information from other criminal justice agencies, as well as processing and maintaining the agency’s criminal justice records.

Mesa County Sheriff’s Office records personnel also provides the public with a number of vital services. If you ever need a background check for a new job, or a concealed hand gun permit, this is the group of professionals who are happy to assist you. Services also include criminal fingerprinting, releasing arrest records and case reports, civil actions, maintaining the sex offender registry, and processing bonds and warrants for individuals.

You can learn more about what services are offered in our Records Lobby on our website.

If you get the chance, please stop by this week and thank our records personnel for their continued hard work and service to our community.