Blotter, Jan. 11, 2017

Death threat by phone

Law enforcement said a series of texts and calls threatening a Mesa County man and his family if they didn’t wire money to the Dominican Republic likely originated outside the U.S., according to a report.

The man reported Jan. 2 that he had received a phone call two weeks earlier from a man asking in Spanish about his bank account; the caller named the man’s actual bank, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office report said. The man hung up, but got more calls.

“He said he was told he needed to send $4,000 to the Dominican Republic and if he did not he would be killed,” the report said. “The caller told (the man) he knew where he lived and verified this by voicing (his) address.”

The victim told a deputy that the caller’s voice sounded familiar, possibly someone he had talked to in the past using California-based Ria Money Transfer to send money to his father in Mexico.

The victim then received text messages demanding money, along with a video of a man being shot in the head repeatedly, and an image of two men holding guns in a car, the report said. The deputy found the picture online, and learned the caller’s number was most likely an internet-based number, the report said. The victim was encouraged to call 911 if he saw anything suspicious.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Fidel Agustin-Herrera, 49, is accused of domestic violence-related assault, obstruction of telephone services and criminal mischief on Jan. 2.

■ Eduard Bane, 25, is accused of criminal mischief Jan. 3.

■ Dutch Kelly, 41, was cited on suspicion of obstruction Thursday.

■ David Morehead, 44, and Thomas Velasquez, 63, were each cited on suspicion of shoplifting Thursday.

■ Briana Jean Barker, 38, was cited on suspicion of shoplifting Friday.

■ Randy Bond, 24, Dillion Macks, 30, and Jeremy Dores, 26, were each cited on suspicion of fighting in public in the 600 block of Main Street on Sunday.

■ Stacy Malito, 35, was cited on suspicion of criminal mischief Sunday.

■ Someone stole about $6,000 worth of property during a burglary in the 700 block of Spanish Trail Drive on Saturday.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Someone used a fake $20 bill at the Clifton Maverik gas station on Dec. 24.

■ Someone used phone harassment to try to scam a Clifton victim out of money while calling from out of the country on Dec. 30.

■ Someone vandalized property in the 3200 block of Gray Fox Court on Sunday.

According to the Fruita Police Department:

■ Someone stole property from a vehicle in the 100 block of Sierra Drive on Dec. 29.

■ Caroline Tobin, 36, is accused of driving under the influence of drugs, drug possession and careless driving on Jan. 2.

■ Officers responded to a reported burglary in the 800 block of East Cedar Court on Jan. 3.

■ Someone stole a longboard worth $200 from the 1100 block of Wildcat Avenue on Jan. 3.


According to the Montrose Police Department:

■ Kevin Chandler, 26, is accused of domestic violence, harassment, false imprisonment and a restraining order violation Monday.

■ Joseph Sikkenga, 39, is accused of assault Tuesday.


According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Jeffrey Blum, 29, is accused of a restraining order violation Monday.


According to the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office:

■ A car stolen from Montrose was found abandoned in the 63300 block of Jade Road on Monday.


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