Blotter, Feb. 25, 2014

Pair accused of menacing homeless man

Michael Jesse Lupo, 21, 257 E. Gloucester Circle, and Tanner Reed, 21, 542 E. Valley Circle, were arrested Sunday on suspicion of robbery, menacing and theft after a duffel bag was taken from a man along North Avenue, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

Lupo and Reed asked the man for a cigarette and when he said he didn’t have one to give, the men challenged him to a fight, an affidavit said. The victim said he heard the men talk about a gun and then saw Reed reach under his jacket into his waistband. The victim said he then ran away to the other side of the street and called police, according to the arrest affidavit.

One of the men told the victim, “If you won’t give us a cigarette, we’ll just take your bag,” the affidavit said. The victim told police he is homeless and items in his duffel bag are valued at about $200. Police did not find a gun on either of the suspects.

Middle schooler says man gave him $50


A Redlands mother reported her son had been involved in suspicious incident after he was handed money while walking home from school on Friday, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

The mother said her middle school-age son was walking in the 500 block of Foy Road when a black man in a silver-colored sport utility vehicle with tinted windows handed her child a $50 bill. The man told the boy he was walking well, staying on the correct side of the road and using the crosswalks. The boy said he took the money and said thank you. The mother told deputies she would donate the money to a charity if the man’s vehicle was not found.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Someone stole items from a person in the 100 block of North 17th Street on Feb. 19.

■ Alexis Johnson, 29, received a summons Friday on suspicion of shoplifting at City Market, 200 Rood Ave.

■ Delroy Dyer, 41, received a summons Friday on suspicion of third-degree assault in the area of 2800 North Avenue.

■ Kenneth Sample, 44, received a summons Friday on suspicion of indecent exposure at City Market, 200 Rood Ave.

■ Ryan McCall, 34, and Christopher Hansen, 33, were arrested Saturday on suspicion of assaulting another person.

■ Two female teenagers, ages, 16 and 17, received summonses on suspicion of shoplifting at 632 Market St.

■ Jerry Dvorak, 27, received a summons Saturday after officers determined he was driving while intoxicated by alcohol in the area of North Avenue and Eighth Street.

■ Courtney Schwander and Sarah Brand, both 18, received summons on suspicion of being in possesion of marijuana.

■ Natasha Elmy, 36, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of third-degree assault, criminal mischief, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with an excessive blood alcohol content in the area of Teller Court and 30 Road.

■ Someone stole items valued at less than $500 from a home in the northeast part of the city on Sunday.


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