Stabbing suspect posts bond, then is arrested again

Alejandro Olvera

A combat veteran accused of stabbing four people after becoming upset about fireworks is facing new allegations that he forged a prescription to get drugs from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Grand Junction.

Alejandro Olvera, 25, who told a bondsman he is homeless, formally was charged Tuesday by the District Attorney’s Office with felony counts of attempted prescription drug fraud and violation of bail-bond conditions.

Olvera was arrested on a Sheriff’s Department warrant Aug. 31, which was 29 days after he posted a $100,000 bond and walked out of the Mesa County Jail. He had been jailed since July 12 for allegedly stabbing four people and hitting another with a hammer when he interrupted a gathering of people July 4 at 3142 Perkins Drive.

The Sheriff’s Department opened a second investigation of Olvera after a VA officer said Olvera altered a prescription for Percocet and tried to fill it, according to an arrest affidavit.

The prescription was written at a dose of 5 mg per pill. But when Olvera presented it Aug. 10 at a VA pharmacy, the dose was for 15 mg, the affidavit said. The pharmacist who viewed it noted the drug isn’t made at such a dose, and he refused to fill the prescription.

When confronted, Olvera allegedly said, “I’m not a drug addict.”

Olvera’s alleged statements to VA staff last month were the subject of more concern. He allegedly told a counselor with a homeless outreach program he would “fight to the death” before going back to jail or going to prison, the affidavit said.

“I fought for my freedom, this country’s freedom and all of your freedom. I won’t let them take mine away,” Olvera allegedly told the counselor.

Diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder relating to recent combat deployments, Olvera took medications to “keep calm,” his girlfriend told investigators. Olvera said his anger sometimes causes him to have blackouts, and he claimed to have no memory of the alleged assaults July 4. Olvera allegedly brandished a knife and hammer when revelers near his home continued to shoot fireworks after being asked to stop.

Court records do not specify his combat deployment periods or his branch of military service. In court Tuesday, a tattoo on Olvera’s right upper arm showed the emblem of the U.S. Marine Corps.

During Olvera’s preliminary hearing, Chief Deputy District Attorney Trish Mahre said Olvera had served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He’s being held on bonds totaling $127,500.


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