Man accused of kidnap, assault

Elias Gonzales

A 21-year-old Grand Junction man was arrested Sunday on a warrant on suspicion of kidnapping a man, beating him up, robbing him and leaving him in a field, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

The Sheriff’s Department had issued a warrant for Elias Gonzales on Jan. 6 alleging he acted with two others during the incident Oct. 26, 2009. Gonzales was handed a $75,000 bond Monday and faces charges of kidnapping, aggravated robbery, third-degree assault, four counts of failing to appear in court and a warrant for violating probation.

According to an arrest affidavit, Gonzales appeared at the front door of a home at the Racquet Club Apartments, 2915 Orchard Ave., where the victim was visiting, threw up his hands and asked if there was a problem. A girl in the apartment, who was related to Gonzales, reportedly had been drinking alcohol.

The victim told police he had purchased alcohol, but he was not allowing the girl to drink it, the affidavit said. In a follow-up interview, the girl told police that the victim did give her alcohol, which she drank.

At the time Gonzales showed up, a police car cruised through the apartment complex parking lot and shone a spotlight on a large group of people at the apartment, who then scattered. The victim said he jumped into a pickup truck filled with others after being invited to by Gonzales. As the driver of the pickup headed toward north on 29 Road, four occupants of the vehicle started to hit the victim in the face, the affidavit said.

“(He) said he just tried to cover his head as best as he could and told them to stop the vehicle. He said they did not stop and continued to hit him,” the affidavit said.

Emergency personnel were called later that night to a report of an unconscious man in a field in the 500 block of 29 Road. He said he blacked out after being hit and woke up in hospital without his wallet that had contained $475, and his identification was missing.

The man identified Gonzales, Jose Rodriguez, 19, and Pedro Morales, 19, as his attackers, the affidavit said.


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