Blotter, Sept. 29, 2017

Attack with knife alleged

A Grand Junction man could be charged with attempted murder and other felonies after being accused of attacking a man near his ex-girlfriend’s house on Monday evening.

Jay Alan Luther, 39, was arrested after apparently walking away from a police officer who confronted him the day before, according to an arrest affidavit.

The affidavit said officers responded to Monument Town Homes, 2680 B½ Road, on Monday at about 7:22 p.m., after Luther’s ex-girlfriend reported he had broken into her house while intoxicated and “made statements about wanting to kill the neighbors,” the report said. Luther was restrained from the address and had an active warrant for his arrest.

An officer confronted Luther in a vacant lot near the apartment complex; however, Luther “refused to follow commands and walked away from (the officer) south toward B½ Road,” the report said.

While officers were interviewing the girlfriend, they received a call of a disturbance in the area. A 30-year-old man told police that he had been loading items into a moving truck when Luther attacked him, the report said. The 30-year-old said he was carrying a knife in a sheath, which Luther grabbed and used to try to stab him in the face and neck, the man reported. The men struggled over the knife and Luther fled toward Dos Rios Elementary School. He later was arrested nearby on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon, trespass, obstructing and domestic violence.

Luther appeared in Mesa County Court Tuesday, where Mesa County Judge Bruce Raaum ordered him held in lieu of a $50,000 cash-only bond.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Someone stole property worth less than $300 from a vehicle in the 2900 block of Summerbrook Drive on Sept. 9.

■ Andrew Eppler, 32, is accused of burglary, theft, menacing and other offenses Sept. 21.

■ Someone stole less than $50 worth of property from a vehicle in the 1600 block of Cannell Avenue on Friday.

■ Emily Erman, 21, was cited on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs Monday.

■ Someone broke into a building in the 500 block of north 23rd Street on Tuesday and stole property worth less than $2,000.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Someone stole property from the 700 block of Kannah Creek Road on Sept. 21.

■ A burglary was reported in the 1600 block of 17 Road on Tuesday.

■ Someone caused about $200 in damage to a door in the 400 block of Morning Dove Drive on Tuesday.


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