Saturday, April 14, 2018

Grand Junction Woman wanted for eluding law enforcement

Elizabeth Tafoya, 42
MCSO Photo
MESA COUNTY, Colo – Elizabeth Tafoya, 42, is wanted for eluding law enforcement in the early morning hours Friday.

Just after midnight, a Mesa County Sheriff’s deputy observed Tafoya run through a stop sign in the area of North Avenue and Morning Glory Lane in a green 1993 Toyota passenger car. When the deputy attempted to pull her over, Tafoya took off at a high rate of speed on 29 Road.

A short time later, Tafoya’s vehicle was spotted driving recklessly near the intersection of Texas Avenue and Melody Lane by another deputy.  Tafoya again failed to yield to law enforcement.

Tafoya was observed several times driving recklessly by deputies in the area,  at one point driving down the wrong side of the road, and two times appearing to try to hit a patrol vehicle.

Colorado State Patrol assisted in locating Tafoya’s vehicle and pursued it into the 2900 block of Texas Avenue, where she drove through a chain link fence and continued south bound through the dirt lot north of the Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Tafoya vehicle did collide with a Colorado State Patrol Vehicle, Tafoya did not stop.

Tafoya is wanted for 2 counts of Felony Vehicular Eluding, Aggravated Driving with a revoked driver status, habitual traffic offender, 2 counts of Attempted Vehicular Assault, Disregarding a traffic control device, Failure to yield at a stop sign, Criminal Mischief, and Failure to remain at the scene of an accident.

Tafoya seen driving away
from law enforcement
Tafoya also has two active warrants from unrelated cases.    

Tafoya was last seen driving in a green 1993 Toyota passenger car  in the area of 28 Road and I-70 Business Loop.

If you see Tafoya or have information as her to whereabouts call 911 or you can call Mesa County Crime Stoppers at (970) 241- STOP. 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.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Crime Stoppers: Crime of the Week

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - The Grand Junction Police Department is requesting information that will lead to the identification of the suspect involved in criminal activity. 

Shortly after 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28, 2017, an unknown female entered Wells Fargo Bank located at 359 Main Street and withdrew $8,000 from an elderly victim’s bank account. A photo of the female can be viewed at

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, visit 

GJPD# 2018-9229

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Rosevale fire origin and cause determined

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff's Office Fire Marshal working with the Grand Junction Fire Department, has determined the origin and cause of the Rosevale Fire.

A person has come forward and claimed responsibility for starting the fire. Their account of what happened is consistent with eyewitness statements and evidence found at the origin of the fire.

The fire began at a property in Grand Junction city limits, on the 2500 block of D Road.  The person who claimed responsibility was trying to fix a flat tire on a riding lawnmower when tall grass ignited. The dry brush and winds quickly turned a spark into an out-of-control fire.

While neighbors called 911, the person responsible helped slow the progress of the fire until firefighters arrived.  The strong winds associated with Monday’s Red Flag warning pushed the fire rapidly to the east into the surrounding community forcing evacuations.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office will be referring the case to the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office to determine the appropriate charge. No arrests have been made at this time. The person's name will be released once charges are filed. 

Thank you to everyone who sent in photos and videos of the early stages of the Rosevale fire. We are no longer seeking any more information from the public about the fire.

The case remains active and under investigation.