Friday, November 17, 2017

UPDATE: Investigation underway after reports of empty school bus shot at

UPDATE The Mesa County Sheriff's Office with the help of area law enforcement agencies have completed the search of the area. Reeder Mesa Road is back open. The shelter-in-place has been lifted. We will have deputies in the area for when students are dropped off this afternoon as a precaution.

The incident is still under investigation. Investigators are still determining the cause of the damage to the bus. 

At this time it is unknown if the bus was intentionally targeted or if this was an accident. No students were on the bus when the damage occurred. The bus driver was not hurt.

If anyone has information about this incident please call (970) 242-6707. 

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Previous 11/17/2017 9:18 am

WHITEWATER, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting in Whitewater involving an empty school bus.

At 6:22 am deputies responded to a report of a school bus being shot at while driving on Reeder Mesa Road near Desert Vista Road. No children where on the bus at the time. The bus driver was not hurt. A single bullet is believed to have broken two windows on the bus.

A community notification was sent out to homes in the area alerting residents to stay inside and shelter-in-place. Deputies are going door-to-door to check on residences and release the shelter-in-place. They are also methodically searching the area.

Reeder Mesa Road is closed at Highway 50 while law enforcement investigates.

At this time it is unknown if the bus was intentionally targeted. The origin of the bullet is still under investigation.

Student Transportation of America contacted all District 51 parents with students who take the bus and advised them on the situation. The bus will be out of service until further notice.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Junction Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, District 51, Colorado Department of Public Safety and Colorado Bureau of Investigation are involved in the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call law enforcement at (970)-242-6707.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Crime Stoppers: Crime of the Week

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - This week Crime Stoppers of Mesa County needs your help to identify and locate the suspects involved in a theft from Walmart located at 2881 North Avenue.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 17th, a female suspect selected an American Classic air soft gun and exited the store without paying for gun. The suspect is a white female in her 30’s, approximately 5’7” and last seen wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans. The suspect was last seen leaving in a silver Toyota four door sedan.

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect involved in this crime, please call 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 Case# 2017-59321

Friday, November 10, 2017

UPDATE: Missing endangered teen found safe

Ciara Bugay, 17
UPDATE: Mesa County Sheriff's investigators located Ciara Bugay, 17, this afternoon at a residence in Mesa County. She was found in good health. Bugay is now back with her family safe.

Thank you to the public for helping spread the word about this case.


MESA COUNTY, Colo -The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating an endangered runaway teen with medical needs.

Ciara Bugay, 17, of Fruita was reported as a runaway on Wednesday night. Bugay is a Type 1 Diabetic and receives insulin every day through an insulin pump. She is believed to have enough insulin to last her through Saturday night.

Family have been corresponding with Bugay through social media since running away, but she has not returned home yet.

Ciara Bugay, 17
Investigators are now asking for the public's help in locating the teen. 

Bugay is from Craig, but currently lives in Fruita. She does have ties to Parker, CO.

Bugay was last seen wearing jeans, tall brown boots, a red shirt and had a tan and ivory colored cloth backpack in her possession. Bugay is described as 5'2" tall, 147 pounds with brown hair, green eyes and tattoo on left forearm (Take These Broken Wings).

If you have any information on where Bugay is located or if you see her, please contact the Mesa County Sheriff's Office at 970-242-6707 immediately.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Robbery suspected wanted, information sought

Michael Marin, 35
Image from Arby's Robbery

 Michael Marin became a suspect in a motor vehicle theft from Clifton yesterday afternoon in addition to the recent fast food robberies in and around Mesa County. 
Parker Police Department came in contact with Marin last evening and located the stolen vehicle. For details on the Parker PD case, you can access their Facebook page. 
We are still seeking Jessica Rojas in connection to her unrelated warrants. 
As always, we thank the public for their help in locating Marin.

MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating the suspect believed responsible for three recent fast food robberies.

Michael Marin, 35, has warrants for his arrested from the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Grand Junction Police Department and the Delta Police Department.

The robberies occurred just before closing at the following restaurants:

  • October 14th, at Arby’s at 107 Gunnison River Drive, Delta 
  • October 22nd, at Sonic Drive-In at 3203 Highway 6 & 24, Clifton 
  • October 29th at Jimmy Johns sandwich shop at 1230 N. 12th Street, Grand Junction
Jessica Rojas, 26
Wanted, believed to have information
Investigators are seeking information about Marin's whereabouts, known associates, the car he maybe driving in and where he is staying. 

Image from Sonic Robbery
Investigators would also like to speak with Jessica Rojas, 26, of Montrose, who is believed to have information about Marin's whereabouts. Rojas also has outstanding warrants unrelated to the robberies. 

Marin is believed to be armed and dangerous. 

If you have information about Marin or Rojas whereabouts call 911 or non-emergency dispatch at (970) 242-6707.

You can also call 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.

Image from Jimmy John's Robbery