Tuesday, March 19, 2019

One man arrested and a stolen car recovered this morning

Tyler Crouch, 25
MCSO Photo 1-10-19
MESA COUNTY, Colo – At approximately 5:30 this morning Mesa County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a stolen car on the 3000 block of Lancaster Gate Street. A 2008 white Ford F150 was taken from the residence by an unknown person that morning.

Grand Junction Police officers spotted the stolen vehicle at 28 Road and Orchard Ave a short time later and conducted a traffic stop.

Tyler Crouch, 25, of Grand Junction was arrested. He faces the following charges:
  • 2nd Degree Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft > $1,000 but < $20,000 (Class 6 Felony)
  • Possession of a Schedule I/II substance (Class 4 Drug Felony)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (DPO)
  • 2 counts of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction Warrant
  • Driving while Revoked
Crouch is currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond amounts visit our website.

Grand Junction woman arrested after a chase

Paige Willis, 20
MCSO  Photo 1-29-19
MESA COUNTY, Colo – At approximately 9:30 Monday night deputies responded to a residence in the Candlewood Trailer Park for a report of a harassment in progress. The reporting party advised a woman was following them in what was determined to be a stolen vehicle.

The woman and driver of the vehicle was identified as 20-year-old Paige Willis. Willis had active warrants out for her arrest and had eluded Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies and Colorado State Patrol troopers as recently as Sunday evening. Willis also is involved in an active felony stalking case in which the victim resided at the same address as where deputies responded to Monday night.

Deputies attempted a traffic stop on the stolen grey sedan at the north entrance of Candlewood Trailer Park off D ¼ Road. The vehicle did not stop, and continued traveling northbound onto 32 Road at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was observed driving through stop signs, sliding into the center median, and driving head-on into opposing traffic, forcing other vehicles to swerve to get out of the way. Deputies terminated the pursuit.

I70B and 32 Road
At approximately 10:15 p.m., deputies located the stolen car driving in the Candlewood Trailer Park. Deputies performed a Tactical Vehicle Intervention to stop the vehicle, but Willis continued driving, turning northbound on 32 Road and accelerating to a high rate of speed with a blatant disregard for public safety. Willis then swerved over into on-coming traffic driving directly at an approaching patrol car. With evasive action, the deputy was able to avoid the collision. Willis then drove towards a deputy on foot preparing to deploy Stop Sticks, forcing the deputy to run out of the way.

At the intersection of 32 Road and I-70B, deputies used a blocking technique to pin the vehicle to end the ongoing threat to public safety. Willis continued to ram the vehicle she was driving into patrol cars and at deputies. Deputies deployed less lethal munitions and a Taser. Willis was taken into custody. Willis was transported to the hospital to be medically cleared before being transported to the Mesa County Detention Facility.

Willis facing the following charges:
  • 8 counts of Assault in the 1st Degree on a Peace Office Threaten with Deadly Weapon (Class 3 Felony)
  • 2 counts of Vehicular Eluding (Class 5 Felony)
  • 2 counts Reckless Driving
  • 2 counts Careless Driving
  • 1st Degree Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft Uses Vehicle in Commission of a Crime (Class 4 Felony)
  • Speeding over 40 MPH or More Over
  • Resisting Arrest (Class 2 Misdemeanor)
  • Driving Under Revocation
  • Failed to Obey a Traffic Control Signal
  • Failure to Appear Warrant (Muni)
Eastbound I-70B was closed for about two hours as a result of the incident. It was opened just after midnight. No injuries to civilians or deputies were reported.

This case is still under investigation. Additional charges related to this incident are still under review.

If anyone has video of the incident or information regarding this crime please contact the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 242-6707. You can also email us at PIO.Sheriff@mesacounty.us.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Wyoming man arrested for sex crimes on a child

Timothy Pearce, 56
Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office Photo
MESA COUNTY, Colo – Timothy Pearce, 56, of Reliance, Wyoming was arrested Thursday by the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office in Rock Springs, WY after a warrant for his arrest was obtained by Mesa County Sheriff’s investigators.

Pearce is facing the following charges:
  • 3 counts of Sexual Assault on a Child (Class 4 Felony)
  • 2 counts of Sexual Assault on a Child, Pattern of Abuse (Class 3 Felony)
  • 5 counts of Sexual Assault on a Child, Position of Trust (Class 3 Felony)
  • 5 counts of Aggravated Incest (Class 3 Felony)
The charges stem from incidents with multiple victims that allegedly occurred in Mesa County from February of 1999 to June of 2017.

Pearce is currently being held in the Sweetwater County Detention Center on a No Bond hold.

This case is still under investigation.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Grand Junction man arrested for sexual assault on a child

Jordan Miles, 35
MCSO Photo
MESA COUNTY, Colo - Jordan Miles, 35, of Grand Junction was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility Thursday evening after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Miles is facing the following charges:
  • Sexual Assault on a Child, Position of Trust (Class 4 Felony) 
  • Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (Class 4 Felony) 
  • Distribution of Marijuana to a Minor (Class 3 Drug Felony) 

These charges stem from an alleged incident in December of 2018.

This case is still under investigation.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Wanted subject arrested after brief standoff

MESA COUNTY, Colo - At approximately 9:30 am deputies arrived at a residence on the 600 block of Alan Way to arrest a wanted subject.

Anthony Pike, 47, has a No Bond warrant out of Mesa County for Failure to Comply.

Pike refused to come out of the residence, barricaded himself alone inside and threatened suicide by cop. Mesa County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team responded to the address.

Four neighboring homes were evacuated and about 20 homes in the surrounding area were sent an Emergency Notification to shelter-in-place as a precaution.

Pike refused to comply with deputies’ orders to drop his knife and surrender. Deputies deployed less lethal munitions and arrested Pike without further incident at about noon.

Pike was checked out by paramedics on scene then transported to the Mesa County Detention Facility. Charges stemming from today’s incident are currently being reviewed.

The shelter-in-place has been lifted and people have been allowed to return to their homes. Emergency Notifications are automatically sent to landlines. You can sign up your cell phone online anytime here. 

Monday, March 11, 2019

One hurt in overnight shooting

MESA COUNTY, Colo – At about 11:45 Sunday night, Mesa County Sheriff deputies responded to a report of a shooting outside of a residence on the 2900 block of Orchard Ave.

When deputies arrived they found a 37-year-old male with a gunshot wound to his leg. He was transported to the hospital with what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the circumstances around the shooting. At this time, investigators believe this was an isolated incident.

Investigators are seeking information about the suspect(s) involved in this crime. If you have information please contact the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 242-6707. You can also submit a tip anonymously to Mesa County Crime Stoppers at (970) 241-STOP (7867).

Monday, March 4, 2019

Message from Sheriff Matt Lewis

Sheriff Matt Lewis
Mesa County
“As I continue to receive questions regarding my stance on Colorado House Bill 19-1177, commonly known as the “Red Flag Bill”, I want to let the citizens of Mesa County know my thoughts on the bill, and the efforts I am taking to prevent this bill from becoming law.

Before I address the contents of the bill itself, I want you to know that Sheriffs across Colorado are engaged and fighting on both sides of this legislation. In preparation for the committee hearing on this bill, I met with several Sheriffs and discussed concerns that should be used for testimony against this bill. Ultimately, due to proximity and scheduling, Sheriff Reams from Weld County testified on behalf of his county, Mesa County, Larimer County, and El Paso County. I am grateful he was able to convey our thoughts to the committee. In spite of our opposition, the committee voted in favor of the bill.

Since that time, I have been actively engaged in trying to stop this piece of legislation from becoming law. Most recently, spending time in Denver speaking with both sides about changing the mental health hold statutes rather than enacting a piece of legislation that focuses on removal of firearms.

I could write pages on all the reasons this bill does not make sense and why it will not make Colorado safer. Ultimately, this bill is a poorly disguised attempt to target the possession of firearms by Colorado residents. It is being said this is a mental health bill, but these extreme risk protection orders do not require a person to seek help, counseling, or any other form of mental health assistance. This simply requires the surrender of firearms and places an incredible burden on your law enforcement professionals.

If a person is a threat to themselves or others and their firearms are removed, this does not mean they are no longer a threat and certainly does not address the underlying issues that led to the person being dangerous. In our current mental health hold statutes, law enforcement is able to remove the person in crisis and take them to a mental health or hospital facility. This addresses the needs of the person rather than targeting firearms while completely ignoring other items that a person may utilize as a danger to themselves or others.

This bill is fundamentally flawed and flies in the face of individual liberty. It requires law enforcement to seize or a citizen to surrender their personal property BEFORE there is a finding greater than the low legal standard of a preponderance of evidence. It also requires a higher legal standard of clear and convincing evidence in order to restore the right to possess firearms. This process is ripe for abuse and does not set the legal bar high enough for government intrusion, seizure of a person's personal property, and the infringement of a person’s 2nd Amendment Right.

I believe there is a high potential that this may lead to more armed confrontations between citizens and law enforcement. Whatever problems were present that may have led to the issuance of the extreme risk protection order, law enforcement would now be directed by the court to serve the extreme risk protection order and request the individual surrender their firearms. If a citizen refuses they may be subject to criminal charges. This process has the potential to criminalize a mental health issue. This will compound the problem rather than provide assistance to a person in crisis.

This bill does not make law enforcement professionals or our Colorado citizens safer and I will continue to work to find an alternate solution to assist those in crisis without targeting firearms. Please join with me in contacting your Colorado Senators asking them to vote against this bill. This bill has not become law and there is still time to work on preventing it from passing.”

-Sheriff Matt Lewis     

Missing dirt biker found deceased

MESA COUNTY, Colo - Sunday morning, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputies and search and rescue teams located a missing dirt biker in the 29 Road desert north of I-70.

The 31-year-old male was reported overdue late Saturday night. Sunday morning, with the assistance of Centurylink’s helicopter, searchers located his body in a remote area. Due to the amount of mud in the area caused by recent rains, first responders had to be flown into the area by helicopter.

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office will determine the cause and manner of death.

The case remains under investigation.

Monday, February 25, 2019

MCSO investigating the death of a teen

MESA COUNTY, Colo - On Sunday February 24th, at approximately 10:00 am deputies responded to a residence on the 2400 block of Santa Rosa Lane for an unresponsive juvenile male.

Life-saving measures were performed by both deputies and arriving first responders. The 17-year-old was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the circumstances surrounding the teen’s unattended death. The teen was not a resident of the home.

Alcohol was present at the scene. It is unknown at this time, if it was a contributing factor in his death. Investigators will know more once the Mesa County Coroner’s Office completes its investigation. The Mesa County Coroner’s Office will determine the cause and manner of death.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Eight puppies turned over to Animal Services

MCSO deputies help
rescue 8 puppies 
CLIFTON, Colo – Sunday morning around 8:30, deputies went to a residence on the 200 block of 5th in Clifton to locate a wanted subject. While deputies determined the person with active arrest warrants was not at the residence, they spoke with an adult male living at the address.

Deputies observed two adult dogs living inside the residence and also heard barking from elsewhere on the property. Investigating the source of the barking, deputies found 8 puppies inside of a metal kennel with no flooring. The puppies were found on muddy ground with urine and feces. Their water bowls were also frozen over.

The puppies’ owner told deputies he was keeping the puppies outside because he no longer had room to care for them inside. He also told deputies he hadn’t been able to provide food for them in the last 48 hours because dog food that was donated to him had run out.

Deputies contacted Mesa County Animal Services. The dogs’ owner acknowledged he was no longer able to care for the growing puppies and signed custody of the puppies over to Animal Services for their well-being.

Animal Services also gave the dogs’ owner a warning in regards to the two adult dogs and advised officers will be contacting him and checking on the dogs frequently to ensure they are being taken care of. The dogs’ owner was also given information on how to get a discount on getting the dogs neutered and/or spayed to avoid another litter.

The 8 puppies, possibly a Shepherd mix, are now under the care of a veterinarian and Mesa County Animal Services. Animal Services advises the puppies won’t be eligible for adoption for several weeks as they are still very young.

If you are interested in adopting any animal in the Mesa County Animal Services please visit http://pets.mesacounty.us/adopt-pet-shelter to learn more.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Grand Junction man arrested, wanted for crimes in Cortez

Damien Baca, 29
Mesa County Sheriff's Office Photo
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo –Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Damien Baca, 29, of Grand Junction last night after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Baca allegedly ran from Cortez police officers on February 2, 2019. Cortez Police obtained a warrant for Baca’s arrest for the following charges:
  • Controlled Substance Special Offender Deadly Weapon DF1 
  • Controlled Substance Distribution DF1 
  • Assault 1 Threaten Peace Officer 1/ Weapon F3 
  • Vehicular Eluding F5 
  • Weapon Possession Previous Offender F5 
  • Vehicular eluding F5 
  • Reckless driving 
  • Speeding over 40 MPH 
  • Lane usage violation 
  • Failed to stop at a stop sign 
Baca is known to have a residence in Grand Junction. Through investigative work, Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies were able to locate him at a residence in Grand Junction. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit with the assistance of MCSO’s Crime Reduction Unit and the Western Colorado Drug Task Force were able to arrest Baca without incident. The Cortez Police Department, Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office and Montezuma-Cortez Drug Task were also instrumental in this case.

This multi-jurisdictional effort resulted in the apprehension of a potentially dangerous individual – a perfect example of law enforcement working together to keep our community safe.

Baca is currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond amounts on anyone in our facility visit our website.

Three arrested after armed robbery and assault

Michael Manzanares, 18
MCSO Photo
MESA COUNTY, Colo – Wednesday, February 6th, Mesa County Sheriff's deputies arrested two juveniles and an 18-year-old in connection with an armed robbery and assault that occurred on Tuesday.

At about 2:00 pm Tuesday, deputies responded to a report of a robbery and assault at Dinosaur Hill in Mesa County.

An 18-year-old male victim reported to police he was picked up by three males for a planned outing to go smoke weed. When they arrived at Dinosaur Hill, the victim reported he was beaten and robbed at gunpoint. The three males left, then the victim called for help.

The 18-year-old victim was transported to the hospital and treated for his injuries.

Michael Manzanares,18, of Grand Junction and two juveniles are facing the following charges:
  • Aggravated Robbery (Class 3 Felony) 
  • Assault in the 3rd Degree (M1) 
  • Menacing (Class 5 Felony) 
  • False Imprisonment (M2) 
  • Theft - $50 to $300 (M3) 
  • Conspiracy (Class 3 Felony) 
The two juveniles arrested in this case are not identified in accordance with the Colorado Open Records laws.

Manzanares is currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility on a No Bond hold until first appearance. For updated bond amounts on anyone in our facility visit our website.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Information sought on attempted armed robbery

Suspect's Vehicle
MESA COUNTY, Colo – Mesa County Sheriff’s investigators are asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect and a potential witness to an attempted armed robbery.

The evening of January 17th, a 22-year-old female was attempting to purchase a vehicle advertised on Facebook Marketplace when an attempted armed robbery occurred.

The victim arrived at the agreed upon location, the car wash at 3242 F Road, just before 9:00 pm. Surveillance video shows the victim waiting in her dark colored SUV when a person walking approaches. The victim reported the person pointed at gun at her through the window. She immediately drove away and reported the incident to deputies.

Another angle of surveillance video shows the suspect exit from the passenger side of a white sedan before the attempted robbery. Then the suspect returns to that same car as it drives off.

Investigators are seeking information about the driver and passenger in the white sedan believed to be involved in this crime.

Potential Witness Vehicle
During the time of the incident, a truck with a utility bed was in a bay being washed and can be seen leaving in surveillance video a short time later. Investigators would like to speak with that person to determine if they witnessed anything that could assist the investigation.

If you have information about this case please contact the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 242-6707. You can also make an anonymous report through Mesa County Crime Stoppers by calling 241- STOP.

Online sales sites like Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, etc are useful tools to buy and sell items. But Buyer Beware. If an offer is too good to be true, it probably is. Do your research and if you do decide to go ahead with the transaction agree to meet in a neutral location that is well lit with plenty of people around.

The Grand Junction Police Department does offer designated parking spaces for these types of exchanges. Learn more about the Safe to Exchange Zone.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Suspected drunk driver arrested after hitting two patrol cars

Victor Reyes-Lomeli, 43
MCSO Photo
MESA COUNTY, Colo – At approximately 6:30 Monday evening, Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies received a report of a possible drunk driver swerving in the road while going east on River Road near Railroad Blvd. The report matched the description and location of a vehicle that moments prior had almost struck a Mesa County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle driving the opposite way.

The deputy in the area, made a U-turn and began attempting to stop the vehicle before a serious accident could occur. The Volkswagen Bug did not stop, turned down a private drive near 23 road and began ramming a locked gate. After causing about $200 of damage, the car turned around, hit the patrol vehicle and took off on River Road at a slow rate of speed.

The deputy pursued the vehicle still swerving in opposing lanes of traffic when a second deputy arrived to assist. The vehicle crossed the centerline and hit the second patrol vehicle. It then continued on Riverside Parkway eventually coming to a stop about 50 yards away near 24 Road.

Deputies successfully pinned the vehicle so it couldn’t drive off again. The driver, identified as 43-year-old Victor Reyes-Lomeli, was arrested and is facing the following charges:
  • 2 Counts of Criminal Attempt of Vehicular Assault while under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (Class 5 Felony) 
  • Reckless Endangerment (Class 3 Misdemeanor) 
  • Criminal Mischief, less than $300 (Class 3 Misdemeanor) 
  • DUI- Drove Vehicle under the Influence 
  • Vehicular Eluding (Class 5 Felony) 
The Grand Junction Police Department and Colorado State Patrol also assisted with this incident. No one was injured.

Reyes-Lomeli is currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond amounts on anyone in our facility visit our website.

Suspect a drunk driver? Call 911!! Your call can save lives.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Two Arrested in 1/12/19 kidnapping case

  On 1/12/19 just after 1 pm deputies were dispatched to a Clifton home for a report of a 16 month old girl who was taken from the home.  Initial reports indicated that Azealiea Campbell was taken by Lydia Campbell (DOB 1-4-93) who left the child’s home in a white Acura. As there was no belief that the child was in danger of being hurt an Amber Alert was not posted. Authorities enlisted the public’s assistance in watching out for Lydia, Azealiea, or the vehicle and at approximately 3:30 pm they were located on 32 Road in Clifton.
Lydia and her younger sister Madelyn Campbell (DOB 9-2-00)  were each arrested on charges of 2nd degree kidnapping(F4,) violation of a custody order (F5,) 2nd degree burglary (F3,) and misdemeanor child abuse. They are both being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility pending their first appearance on Monday 1/14/19.
Lydia Cambell
 Madelyn Campbell

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Missing Clifton Child

***UPDATE**** 1/12/19 @ 3:36 pm
Azealiea has been found and returned home safely. Thank you to the public for your help finding her!

Original: 1/12/19
 The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing child.
Shortly after 1 pm today, 16 month old Azealiea Campbell was taken from her home by Lydia Campbell (DOB 1-4-93.)  Lydia and Azealiea were last seen in a white Acura passenger car near F Road and Holland Street in Clifton. Azealiea was last seen wearing a white long sleeve shirt, dark pants and a pink vest. At this time there is no reason to believe that Azealiea is in danger, we just want to return her home. If you have information on Lydia and Azealiea ‘s whereabouts, please contact 911 or (970) 241-STOP(7867)
 Azealiea Campbell
 Lydia Campbell

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Collbran Man Arrested after Overnight Shooting

Collbran Man Arrested After Overnight Shooting

Mesa County, Colo: On January 5, 2019, at approximately 7:56 pm, Mesa County Sheriff's Office Deputies were dispatched to a reported shooting at 513 Glenarm Avenue #5, in the town of Collbran. When deputies arrived they found an adult female deceased inside. 

Adam Boggie, age 36
MCSO Photo 1-6-19
After developing information on a suspect, an attempt to locate was issued for Adam Trevor Boggie, age 36, of Collbran. Mr. Boggie was located and arrested without incident on  I-70, Mile Marker 87 by Garfield County Law Enforcement at approximately 9:00 pm.  

Mr. Boggie was transported to the Mesa County Detention Facility, where he is being held on Murder in the Second Degree charges. No bond has been set for Mr. Boggie. 

Mesa County Sheriff's Office Investigators will work with the Mesa County Coroner to positively identify the victim and to determine the cause and manner of death.  

Please note: A previous version spelled Adam Trevor Boggie's name incorrectly.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Mesa County Investigators Seeking Information on Shooting

MCSO Investigators Seeking Information on Shooting

Mesa County, COLO: Mesa County Sheriff's Office Investigators are seeking information on a shooting that occurred during the evening of January 3, 2019. At approximately 7:14 pm, MCSO deputies took a report from a 37-year-old Hispanic male who reported he had been shot, receiving non-life-threatening injuries, by a passing vehicle while walking between the 500 block of Placer Street and the intersection of 30 Road and North Avenue. If anyone saw anything suspicious around that location and time or have any other information about this incident, please contact the MCSO TipLine at 970 244-3526.