Accused failed purse snatcher gets $15,000 bond

A man suspected of twice failing to rob women of their purses was ordered jailed on $15,000 bond during a first court appearance Wednesday.

Adrian Peters, 19, of Grand Junction, was free on bond and had a pending felony check fraud case in Mesa County, when he allegedly tried to rob 66-year-old Deanna Morrison at gunpoint around 11 a.m. Friday outside Two Rivers Convention Center.

Peters was advised Wednesday by County Court Judge Gretchen Larson on possible charges, including attempted robbery, menacing, assault on an at-risk victim, third-degree assault and violation of bail-bond conditions.

Peters as of Wednesday afternoon was charged only in connection with the alleged incident involving Morrison. Deputy District Attorney Richard Brown told the judge he’s expecting “similar charges” from Fruita.

“I look forward to proving my innocence and thank you for your time,” Peters told Larson during Wednesday’s brief hearing.

According to an arrest affidavit, Peters called law enforcement Tuesday afternoon using a pay phone outside the Mesa County Library’s main branch. He was arrested nearby in the alley south of the 400 block of Grand Avenue.

Grand Junction and Fruita police detectives Tuesday met with a man who claimed Peters
had been living with him for the past few weeks, according to the affidavit. The man said

Peters allegedly admitted to him that he’d “failed” in an attempt to take a woman’s purse last Friday, according to the affidavit.

The meeting happened one day after another alleged botched robbery. A 41-year-old year woman was assaulted by a Hispanic man who tried to get her purse around 8:30 p.m. Monday in the 100 block of South Plum Street in Fruita.

According to court records, Peters was arrested March 3 by Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputies on charges including theft and check fraud.

In a March 29 plea agreement in Garfield County, Peters pleaded guilty to charges of misdemeanor possession of an illegal weapon and obstructing a peace officer. He was sentenced to a year of probation.

Peters originally was charged with aggravated motor vehicle theft, criminal mischief and theft, among other counts related to an April 2008 arrest by Rifle police.

Peters will be formally charged April 29 in Mesa County.


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