Blotter: March 17, 2017

Assault on officer alleged

A homeless man is accused of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest after an officer with the Grand Junction Police Department attempted to arrest him on six outstanding warrants.

Over a five-month period, Richard Alan Sears, 53, is accused of failing to register as a sex offender, theft and money laundering.

According to an arrest affidavit, Sears’ parole officer located him in a grocery store and attempted to arrest him. Sears tried to hit the officer and ran out of the store, where he again attempted to strike the police officer, according to arresting documents.

The officer allegedly deployed a Taser to incapacitate Sears and arrest him.

In court Thursday, public defender Jason Groth requested a personal-recognizance bond for Sears, stating that Sears is terminally ill. Mesa County Court Judge Craig Henderson instead ordered Sears held on two cash-only bonds totaling $15,000.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Someone attempted to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at a store in the 2900 block of D Road on March 11.

■ Peter Michael Widows, 68, is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs and unsafe backing on March 11.

■  Someone attempted to break into a business in the 2700 block of Unaweep Avenue on March 10, causing property damage estimated at less than $500, and stealing property valued at less than $500.

■ Someone broke into an unlocked vehicle in the 2000 block of Spur Cross Road on March 13, and removed items worth less than $300.

■ Someone broke into a motel room in the 700 block of Horizon Drive on Wednesday, and removed property valued at more than $500.

■ Someone caused a loss of less than $300 when items of value were taken from a vehicle in the 2800 block of North Avenue on Tuesday.

■ Someone stole items of value from a victim in the 500 block of Warrior Way on March 7, causing a loss of more than $2,000.
According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Jacqueline Sanchez, 30 and Andy Mireles, 24, are each accused of drug-related charges on March 10.

■ Casey Daniels, 30, is accused of drug-related charges on Wednesday.


According to the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Juan Castaneda-Quintana, 45, Pembroke Pines, Florida, is accused of identity theft, possession of identity theft tools, theft, money laundering and conspiracy on Wednesday.

■ Lazaro Molina-Martinez, 48. Palmetto Bay, Florida, is accused of identity theft, possession of identity theft tools, theft, money laundering and conspiracy on Wednesday.

■ Joey Romero, 34, Montrose, is accused of child abuse, third-degree assault, domestic violence, criminal mischief and obstruction of telephone service on Wednesday.

■ Whitney Crippen, 31, is accused of DUI and child abuse on Wednesday.

■ Sheldon Tucksen, 24, Naturita, is accused of DUI on Thursday.


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