Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Update: Arrest made in Tuesday stabbing

Santiago Gabriel Martinez, 40
MCSO Photo 5-15-19
MESA COUNTY, Colo - Mesa County Sheriff's Investigators have made an arrest in connection with Tuesday morning's stabbing that occurred at a residence on the 3600 block of E ¼ Road.

Santiago Gabriel Martinez, age 40, has been arrested for the following charges:
  • 2 counts of Assault in the First Degree (Class 3 Felony)
  • 3 counts of Menacing (Class 5 Felony)
Martinez is currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond amounts visit our Inmate Locator system on our website.

The two adult male victims, ages 28 and 33, remain hospitalized.

This case is still actively under investigation.

For the previous press release on this case, click here. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Two injured in morning assault

MESA COUNTY, Colo – Tuesday, at approximately 7:15 in the morning Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an assault on the 3600 block of E ¼ Road. The Palisade Police department, De Beque Marshal’s Office, and East Orchard Mesa Fire Department also responded.

Two adult males, ages 28 and 33, were transported to St. Mary’s hospital with serious but not believed to be life-threatening injuries.

One person was detained at the scene. There are no outstanding suspects. This is believed to be an isolated incident.

Investigators are currently interviewing witnesses as well as collecting evidence and processing the scene.

This remains an ongoing and active investigation.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is the investigating agency for this incident.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Grand Junction man arrested on sex crimes charges

Mark Koury, 59
MCSO Photo 5-10-19
MESA COUNTY, Colo – Mesa County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Grand Junction man Thursday for sex assault charges after a warrant for his arrest was obtained. 

Mark Koury, 59, of Grand Junction is facing the following charges:
  • 2 Counts of Sexual Assault (Class 4 Felony)
  • 2 Counts of Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification (Class 1 Misdemeanor)
  • Sexual Exploitation of a Child (Class 5 Felony)
  • 2 Counts of Patronizing a prostitute (Class 1 Misdemeanor)
  • Unlawful Sexual Contact (Class 1 Misdemeanor)
These charges stem from alleged incidents that occurred between December 2017 and May 2018 involving three adult victims and possession of child pornography.

This is still an on-going investigation.

If you have information about this case or alleged crimes please contact the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 244-3222. You can also 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.

Koury is currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility on a No Bond Hold until his first appearance in court. For updated bond amounts on any inmate currently in our jail, visit our Inmate Locator on our website.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Correctional Officers Week: Honoring our fallen


Deputy Edward Innes
EOW 9/27/1906
MESA COUNTY, Colo - This Correctional Officer’s Week the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office honors and remembers the sacrifice made by Edward Innes, the first law enforcement officer to lay down his life in the line of duty in Mesa County.

On September 26, 1906, Deputy Edward Innes was struck from behind with a piece of wood and became the first Mesa County law enforcement officer to die in the line of duty. Inmate George McGarvey, jailed since April 1, 1906 on charges of attempting to criminally assault a nine–year-old girl, used the attack on Innes to escape the Mesa County Jail. 28-year-old Innes passed away the following day.

First Mesa County Jail
McGarvey was captured by DeBeque rancher William McDowell on September 30 and then tried on October 3. He was convicted on October 4 and sentenced to death by hanging on October 5, 1906. A swift justice for what was described as one of the foulest deeds enacted in Grand Junction.

Edward Innes, a resident of Grand Junction since the age of four, was the only child of William and Lucy Innes. Edward’s father was the first elected Sheriff of the newly formed Mesa County from 1885 to 1886. Edward was Chief of the Grand Junction Fire Department for several years prior to his employment in the Mesa County Jail. When William Innes passed away November 28, 1926, it was noted that Edward was “named to the responsible position of Undersheriff.” No other mention of this title has been found.

Although Edward never married and had no children, descendants of the Innes clan can be found throughout the country, including Harold Daniels of Grand Junction whose mother Josie was Edward’s cousin. Harold and his wife Claudelle attended Edward Innes’ induction into the Colorado Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial on May 5, 2000 at the Colorado State Patrol Academy.

Several years later, the request was made to add Edward Innes to the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial. The request was granted on February 13, 2007. The name of Edward Innes was unveiled on May 13, 2007 at the 19th annual candlelight vigil as part of the National Police Week celebration in Washington, D.C.

As referred to by family and friends of Edward in a Daily Sentinel article dating September 28, 1906 – His character was above reproach, his disposition was such that drew to him readily warm friends that never wavered in their regard for him. True hearted, high and noble in his impulses and faithful to his friends there is little wonder that he was popular and there is little wonder the entire city should be stirred with indignation and anger over his tragic death at the hands of the vilest of criminals that was ever confined in a Mesa County prison.

In December of 2017, Innes was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. Family members still living in Colorado accepted the award on his behalf.

Following Correctional Officers Week tradition, a wreath first displayed in the Mesa County Sheriff's Office lobby, will be placed on Edward Innes' grave to honor and remember his sacrifice.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Correctional Officers Honored

Correctional Officers' Week May 5-11th

Mesa County Board of Commissioners
proclaim this week Correctional Officers' Week

MESA COUNTY, Colo. — Today the Mesa County Board of Commissioners officially dedicated this week to Correctional Officers of Mesa County.

Sheriff Matt Lewis and Detention Deputy Michael Hand joined the Mesa County Board of Commissioners in recognizing the professionalism and dedication of our detention deputies and staff during National Correctional Officers Week, May 5-11th.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan created National Correctional Officers Week to honor the work of correctional officers and correctional personnel nationwide. In Mesa County, this group of professionals are known as detention deputies.

Sheriff Matt Lewis and
Detention Deputy Michael Hand
Local jails, like the Mesa County Detention Facility, are complex organizations. On a basic level, a jail must provide its inmate population a number of services, including three meals a day, medical and mental health care, clothing and linens, visitation, recreation, religious programs, as well as access to courts and attorneys. Complicating this task is the diversity of needs within the increasing inmate population while maintaining the safety and security of the 24-hour facility. In 2018, the Mesa County Detention Facility processed 6,653 people and provided more than 630,000 meals. On July 23, 2018, the Mesa County Detention Facility housed a record high of 629 inmates.

Deputy Edward Innes
EOW 9/27/1906
“The dedicated men and women who work inside our detention facility, 24/7, 365 days a year, play a vitally important role in keeping our Community safe. Their job is difficult and not one many people want to do,” said Capt. Art Smith. “Today, this week, we need to say Thank You to these professionals for their service to our Community.”

Being a detention officer can be a dangerous job. The names of 713 correctional officers are engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. One of those names is Deputy Edward Innes, who was killed by an inmate escaping the jail in 1906. A wreath first displayed in the Mesa County Sheriff's Office lobby, will be placed on Innes' grave this week to honor and remember his sacrifice.  Learn more about Deputy Edward Innes here

Please join us in thanking all detentions professionals for not only what they do, but more importantly the personal sacrifices they make to ensure our community remains a safe place to live, work and play.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Update: MCSO investigates death of two people


CLIFTON, Colo- The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has completed its examination regarding the deaths of two people at a residence on the 400 block of Lois Street in Clifton Monday morning.

The County Coroner’s Office has identified them as Richard Garcia Jr., a 30-year-old male resident of Grand Junction, Colorado and Stephen Summers, a 47-year-old male resident of Clifton, Colorado. Stephen Summers is the step-father to Richard Garcia Jr. 

The County Coroner’s Office has determined cause of death for Richard Garcia Jr. is multiple shotgun wounds of the head and torso and the manner of death is homicide. The cause of death for Steven Summers is shotgun wound of the head and the manner of death is suicide. Toxicology for both are pending at this time.

There are no outstanding suspects and no one is in custody. This is believed to be an isolated incident.

This case is still under investigation by the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.  

To view the previous press release about this case click here. 




Monday, April 29, 2019

MCSO investigates death of two people

CLIFTON, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of two people at a residence on the 400 block of Lois Street in Clifton.

Deputies responded to a report of a shooting at about 3:30am Monday morning. A 30-year-old male and a 47-year-old male were found deceased.

This is an active and on-going investigation. MCSO investigators are still in the process of gathering evidence, documenting the scene and interviewing witnesses. At this time, there are no outstanding suspects and no one is in custody. This is believed to be an isolated incident.

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office will determine cause and manner of death, as well as release the identity of the deceased once next of kin is notified.

Documents related to this investigation are under seal by the court.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office tip line at (970) 244-3526 or contact 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.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Four hikers safe after all day rescue



MESA COUNTY, Colo - A group of backpackers were rescued today after getting lost in Dominguez Canyon. 

This morning around 9:15 one of the backpackers called 911 asking for help. The 4 men were on a 40 mile loop, hiking and camping in Dominguez Canyon when they rimmed out on the trail and ran out of water. 

The hikers, all in their 50's, were using maps and plans they had for their trip. They quickly realized all the water sources listed on the maps were dry, so they had been without water since yesterday afternoon. The trail they were on rimmed out and they were now surrounded by deep canyons.  All of the hikers are from the Front Range and not familiar with the area.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office responded, along with 17 members of Mesa County Search and Rescue.  Search teams used ATVs to get within 2 miles of the hikers, then hiked the rest of the way in, which included an elevation change of 1,000 feet. 

The hikers were found safe.  Rescue crews gave them water and helped them hike back out to the waiting ATVs.  The rescue mission lasted 9.5 hours with search team traveling approximately 
20 miles each way.

Do you have a CORSAR Card? 

If you ever need the free services of Search and Rescue, it helps reimburse this volunteer organization for the cost. By purchasing a Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue (CORSAR) card you are contributing to the Search and Rescue Fund, which will reimburse these teams for costs incurred in search and rescues across the State of Colorado. The CORSAR card is available for $3 for a one-year card and $12 for five-year card. Click here to get yours today.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Update: Missing teenager Found Safe

Hailey Black, 17
Missing
Daniel Fawcett, 16
Last seen with Hailey
5:45pm Update: Hailey was found Safe. All parties have been contacted. No further update expected.

Previous:
#Update: Mesa County Sheriff's investigators are seeking to speak with Daniel Fawcett, 16 of Grand Junction. He has been identified as the person the surveillance photo, believed to be the last person seen with Hailey at at C & F Gas Station at 596 25 Road.

Investigators also have information 15-year-old Seth Krieg is harboring Hailey.  Krieg drives a green 1974 Plymouth Valiant with a possible Colorado license plate GOH-271.

If you have information about Krieg, Fawcett or Haiely's whereabouts please call 911 immediately.


Seth Krieg, 15
Believed to be harboring Hailey

Previous:

#AlertMissing: The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to locate a missing teen.

Hailey Black, 17, was last seen around 1:00 this morning at C & F Gas Station at 596 25 Road. She is believed to be with 15-year-old Seth Krieg. Krieg drives a green 1974 Plymouth Valiant with a possible Colorado license plate GOH-271.

Hailey is described as a 17-year-old girl, 5’ tall, 110 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. Hailey was reported missing by family.

Surveillance photos taken from the C & F Gas Station show Hailey and Fawcett together early this morning.

If seen, or if you have information about their whereabouts, please call 911 immediately.


Hailey Black, 17
Missing
Daniel and Hailey
Last seen at C & F
***Please note an earlier release incorrectly identified the person in the surveillance photo. Daniel Fawcett, 16, is the person believed to be the last person seen with Hailey Black.***

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

SVP Community Notification - Stubblefield

Sexually Violent Predator Moves into County

Christopher Stubblefield
MCSO Photo 4-10-19
MESA COUNTY, Colo. -- This public notice is intended to make our community aware that a registered sex offender, classified as a sexually violent predator, is moving into Mesa County. Further details about this offender and his new location can be found on our website. Click here and choose the Christopher Stubblefield Community Bulletin

A 'sexually violent predator' is a term used by the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board, who classifies a convicted sex offender with this additional descriptor. Christopher Stubblefield, 38, of Grand Junction, has served his convicted sentence as ordered by a Judge. Stubblefield registered with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office and listed his new residence with our agency, per compliance with registration laws.  Because Stubblefield registered his address as homeless, he is required to check in with the Sheriff's Office every month. He has been and remains current with all his registration requirements.

All community notification bulletins for all current SVPs registered with our agency are on our agency website, to view them, click here. In addition, we highly recommend you watch a 12 minute video that talks about SVPs and all registered sex offenders, resources and other useful information specific to Mesa County. For current information on all registered sex offenders in Mesa County, visit our website.

If you have information regarding current criminal activity of this or any other offender, please call 911 for an emergency.  If you observe this offender engaging in any high risk or inappropriate behavior, please contact the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, patrol units, by calling 911 or (970) 242-6707. If you have questions or need education handouts, please contact Mesa County Sex Offender Registrar LeeAnn Camp at (970) 244-3206, or her direct supervisor Sgt. Henry Stoffel (970) 244-3973.

Most sex crimes are never reported and most offenders are never detected. The greatest risk of sex offense is from people you know. The information provided herein (on the embedded community bulletin) is current and accurate as of the date, but is subject to change.

The purpose of this notification is to enhance public safety and protection. Vigilantism, or use of this information to harass, threaten or intimidate anyone associated with this notification will not be tolerated. 

This law enforcement agency has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may live (however, we make it public information so citizens can be aware and educate themselves). Unless court restrictions exist, they are constitutionally free to live wherever they choose. Sex offenders have always lived in our community, but they were not required to notify law enforcement of their residence until registration laws were implemented pursuant to the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act. Law enforcement may now share that information with members of the community, and in the case of sexually violent predators, law enforcement must actively notify citizens. This blog posting is only one of the means we are getting this information out to citizens of Mesa County.


Monday, April 15, 2019

SVP Community Notification - Privette

Sexually Violent Predator Moves into County

Willie Privette Jr, 38,
MCSO Photo 4-10-19
MESA COUNTY, Colo. -- This public notice is intended to make our community aware that a registered sex offender, classified as a sexually violent predator, is moving into Mesa County. Further details about this offender and his new location can be found on our website. Click here and choose the Willie Privette Community Bulletin

A 'sexually violent predator' is a term used by the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board, who classifies a convicted sex offender with this additional descriptor. Willie Privette Jr., 38 of Grand Junction, has served his convicted sentence as ordered by a Judge. Willie Privette registered with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office and listed his new residence with our agency, per compliance with registration laws. 

All community notification bulletins for all current SVPs registered with our agency are on our agency website, to view them, click here. In addition, we highly recommend you watch a 12 minute video that talks about SVPs and all registered sex offenders, resources and other useful information specific to Mesa County. For current information on all registered sex offenders in Mesa County, visit our website.

If you have information regarding current criminal activity of this or any other offender, please call 911 for an emergency.  If you observe this offender engaging in any high risk or inappropriate behavior, please contact the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, patrol units, by calling 911 or (970) 242-6707. If you have questions or need education handouts, please contact Mesa County Sex Offender Registrar LeeAnn Camp at (970) 244-3206, or her direct supervisor Sgt. Henry Stoffel (970) 244-3973.

Most sex crimes are never reported and most offenders are never detected. The greatest risk of sex offense is from people you know. The information provided herein (on the embedded community bulletin) is current and accurate as of the date, but is subject to change.

The purpose of this notification is to enhance public safety and protection. Vigilantism, or use of this information to harass, threaten or intimidate anyone associated with this notification will not be tolerated. 

This law enforcement agency has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may live (however, we make it public information so citizens can be aware and educate themselves). Unless court restrictions exist, they are constitutionally free to live wherever they choose. Sex offenders have always lived in our community, but they were not required to notify law enforcement of their residence until registration laws were implemented pursuant to the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act. Law enforcement may now share that information with members of the community, and in the case of sexually violent predators, law enforcement must actively notify citizens. This blog posting is only one of the means we are getting this information out to citizens of Mesa County.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Update: Additional arrest made in undercover internet sex predator operation

Jorge Yon, 25
MCSO Photo
4/10/19 Update: Mesa County Sheriff's deputies made an additional arrest as a result of last weekend's in undercover internet sex predator operation.

Jorge Yon, 25, of Grand Junction, was arrested Tuesday evening for the charge of Soliciting for Child Prostitution (Class 3 Felony). Yon was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility.

For updated bond information, visit the Inmate Locator section of our website. All arrestees are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.



4/7/19 Previous:

MESA COUNTY, Colo - Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies conducted a three-day operation in an effort to locate internet child sex predators in and around the Mesa County area.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Junction Police Department, Palisade Police Department, Mesa County District Attorney's Office, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), US Marshals Service (USMS), and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), arrested 10 individuals attempting to have sex with children, or engage in prostitution as a part of this operation.

As a part of this large-scale multi-jurisdictional undercover operation, highly trained investigators posted ads for sex with children on several websites, social media sites, and applications.

The following people were arrested and booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility:
  • Aaron Kenneth Tydingco Apatang, 22, of Grand Junction for the charges of Internet Luring of a Child (Class 4 Felony), Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child (Class 4 Felony), Enticement of a Child (Class 4 Felony) and Criminal Attempt of Sexual Assault on a Child (Class 5 Felony)
  • Steven Bruckner, 35, of Grand Junction, for the charge of Soliciting for child prostitution (Class 3 Felony)
  • Jason Gullion, 40, of Grand Junction, for the charges of two counts of Criminal Attempt of Sexual Assault on a Child Victim less than 15 years at least 4 year difference in age (Class 5 Felony), and two counts of Soliciting for Child Prostitution (Class 3 Felony).
  • Michael Duane Jones, 57, of Grand Junction, for the following charges:
    • Two counts of Soliciting for child prostitution (Class 3 Felony)
    • Two counts of Pandering a Child (Class 5 Felony)
    • Two counts of Patronizing a Prostituted Child (Class 3 Felony)
    • Two counts of Criminal Attempt of Sexual Assault on a Child (Class 5 Felony) 
    • Two counts of Possession of Weapons by Previous Offenders (Class 6 Felony)
    • Four counts of Distribution/Manufacturing/Possession with the intent to Distribute more than ½ oz- ½ lb of Schedule I/II or >1/4oz-1/4lb of Meth, Heroin, Ktamine or Cath or >10mg-50mg FLU (Class 2 Drug Felony)
    • One count of Special Circumstance used/displayed/possessed on person or within reach a Deadly Weapon during Offense (Class 1 Drug Felony)
  • Terry Royster, 57, of Grand Junction, for the charges of Soliciting for Child Prostitution (Class 3 Felony) and Criminal Attempt of Sexual Assault on a Child (Class 5 Felony).
  • Robert Louis Woodruff III, 34, of Gastonia, NC, for the charges of Internet luring of a Child with Intent of Sexual Contact Exploitation (Class 4 Felony), and Criminal Attempt of Sexual Assault on a Child Victim less than 15 years at least 4-year difference in age (Class 5 Felony).
  • Austin James Pierce, 20, was arrested on an active warrant for Failure to Appear. The warrant was issued related to on his recent arrest from a Mesa County Sheriff’s Office case where the victim is 14 years old. Pierce was also charged with Violation of Protection Order for having communication with the victim in the sex assault case.
The following people were issued a summons to appear in court:
  • Kimberly Anderson, 40, for the charge of Prostitution (Class 3 Misdemeanor) 
  • Dustin Kelleher, 40, of Fruita, for the charge of Prostitution (Class 3 Misdemeanor) 
  • Jennifer Smith, 49, of Clifton, for the charge of Prostitution (Class 3 Misdemeanor) 
For updated bond information, visit the Inmate Locator section of our website. All arrestees are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank our local, state and federal partners for assisting in this operation and helping to protect the youth of Mesa County.

It’s important to know who you and your loved ones are engaging with online. Talking about the dangers of the internet should be an open dialog between parents and kids of all ages. For resources on internet safety visit the Resources for Parents section of our website.

Aaron Apatang, 22
MCSO Photo
Steven Bruckner, 35
MCSO Photo
 
Jason Gullion, 40
MCSO Photo

Michael Duane Jones, 57
MCSO Photo
Austin James Pierce, 20
MCSO Photo


Terry Royster, 57
MCSO Photo

Robert Louis Woodruff III, 34
MCSO Photo

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Crime of the Week: Can you help identify these people?




GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - This week Crime Stoppers of Mesa County is requesting information that will lead to the identification of the subjects involved in a criminal activity.

Shortly after 7:15 a.m. on Monday, January 28th, unknown suspect unlawfully entered a vehicle parked at Little Lambs Daycare located at 550 25 1⁄2 Road. Credit cards taken from the stolen purse were used by a male and female at Tractor Supply, Starbucks, Alta, Smoker Friendly, Office Depot and City Market. The total estimated damage and property loss is over $2,800. A photo of the suspects and the black crew cab truck they were driving were collected.

If you know the identity or location of the suspects 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 www.241stop.com.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Deputies involved in officer-involved shooting identified

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is identifying the deputies involved in the officer-involved shooting that occurred in the evening of March 23rd, 2019.

The three deputies who discharged a firearm during this incident are Sgt. Justin Bynum, Deputy Caleb Harper and Deputy Brandon Worley. Two deputies used their duty weapon and one deputy used a less-lethal weapon.

Sgt. Bynum is a 12-year veteran of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. He has served as a member of the Street Crimes Unit, Western Colorado Drug Task Force, SWAT team, Critical Incident Response Team, Academy Instructor, and is currently a patrol Sergeant. Deputy Harper is an 8-year veteran of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, who has worked as a detentions and patrol deputy. He has been a member of the Shakedown Team, is a Defensive Tactics instructor and is a recipient of the Life Saving Award. Deputy Worley joined the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office in April of 2018.

As per standard protocol for these type of incidents, Sgt. Bynum, Deputy Harper and Deputy Worley will remain on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation that takes place independently of the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) investigation.

The officer-involved shooting remains under investigation by the Critical Incident Response Team. For the latest information about the CIRT investigation click here.


Deputy Brandon Worley
Sgt. Justin Bynum
Deputy Caleb Harper

Alert: Missing person


Franklin “Frank” Taylor
MCSO Photo 9-28-18
Franklin “Frank” Taylor
MCSO Photo 9-21-2018
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo – Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is asking for information about the whereabouts of a missing person.  53-year-old Franklin “Frank” Taylor, was reported missing today by friends under suspicious circumstances.

He was last seen Friday, March 22nd, 2019 at 10:00 p.m. at his residence on the 2800 block of C ½ Road.

Taylor is described as a white male, 6’5, 220 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He is know to have facial hair. Please see the attached two photos. 

Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating.

Investigators are requesting anyone with information about Taylor’s location or disappearance to contact the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 242-6707 or 911.

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.