Affidavit: Theft suspect fought cops

Man attempted to steal computer, then resisted arrest, police report says

Joseph Brown

A Grand Junction man faces possible felony charges after shoplifting a computer, carjacking another man and eventually assaulting a police officer, according to allegations in an arrest affidavit.

Joseph I. Brown, 32, 123 S. 11th St., Unit 1, is being held at the Mesa County Jail on $15,000 bond on suspicion of felony theft, second-degree assault on a peace officer, second-degree kidnapping and resisting arrest.

Brown was arrested Wednesday by Grand Junction officers in what started around 8 p.m. at Best Buy, 585 24 1/2 Road, as a shoplifting report involving a man seen dashing from the store with a computer, according to the arrest affidavit.

An employee gave chase across 24 1/2 Road, telling officers he observed the suspect get into a white convertible sports car in the parking lot near Carmike Cinemas, 590 224 1/2 Road.

An officer responding to the area spotted a white Pontiac Firebird pulling into Paradise Valley Trailer Park, 585 25 1/2 Road, and attempted a traffic stop, the affidavit said. The suspect, who had been in the passenger side of the car, fled down an alley and eventually tripped.

“The suspect then rolled onto his back, and as I approached him, he kicked me in the left side of my face with his right foot,” an officer wrote.

The officer alleged the suspect swung at him several times.

“I struck the suspect approximately four times in the face with my right fist, and the suspect stopped resisting,” the officer wrote.

The driver of the Firebird told officers he was minding his own business, parked behind Carmike Cinemas in an attempt to “catch his girlfriend with another guy,” when an unknown man ran up to his car, opened the door, threw a computer inside and told him to drive.

“(Victim) stated that he was unsure, but he thought the suspect stated he had a knife,” the affidavit said.


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