Blotter, Feb. 13, 2010

Assault on deputy alleged

Daniel M. Thayer, 25, 576 Garfield Ave., No. 3, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of first-degree assault on a peace officer and eight other charges related to a vehicle pursuit involving the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department and the Colorado State Patrol.

An arrest affidavit alleges Thayer refused to pull over after a State Patrol trooper clocked Thayer’s sport-utility vehicle speeding in the area of F and 31 roads just after midnight Thursday.

Thayer’s SUV did not have its headlights on, and he was observed running 12 red traffic signals and at one point was driving on the wrong side of the highway, the affidavit said.

Thayer allegedly swerved at and nearly struck a deputy who was standing in the area of the 1800 block of North Eighth Street.

According to police, a woman who had been riding in Thayer’s vehicle said he refused to pull over because he’d been drinking and “did not want a DUI.”

Suspected scam reported

A woman in the 500 block of Shoshone Street reported to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday that a young man called her home, asking for “grandma” and claiming he had been in a car accident in Canada, where authorities had “demanded” $2,000 for his release.

The man asked her to wire the money to Canada, saying he would call back with a confirmation code. Suspecting a scam, she hung up the phone.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

A juvenile boy was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of theft of property, valued at less than $500, at East Middle School, 830 Gunnison Ave.

A juvenile girl was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of assault after she allegedly punched another person at 1405 Wellington Ave.

Two juvenile girls, both age 13, were issued summonses Wednesday on suspicion of theft after they allegedly stole items valued at less than $100 in the 600 block of North 14th Street.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

Deputies received a report Thursday that someone opened mail in a mailbox in the 700 block of R Road near Loma. There were no reported suspects.

Andrew J. Distel, 27, 775 Kennedy Ave., was arrested Thursday on suspicion of aggravated robbery and other counts.

Two witnesses told deputies that Distel allegedly showed up with a handgun at an apartment on Oct. 21, 2009, demanded keys to a vehicle and left in the vehicle, according to an arrest affidavit.


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