Fugitive faces host of charges
A fugitive accused of leading law enforcement on a vehicle and foot chase in north Grand Junction stole a woman’s vehicle by forcibly taking her keys from her after she refused to give him something to drink, according to an arrest affidavit released Thursday.
The affidavit indicates that Thomas Aaron Krasowsky, 35, was wanted in New Mexico for assault on a peace officer with a motor vehicle and in Adams County on a 15-year-old felony theft case. He also had an outstanding Grand Junction municipal warrant.
Krasowsky made his first appearance in court Thursday afternoon and was advised he could face a litany of felony and misdemeanor charges, including robbery, first-degree aggravated motor-vehicle theft, vehicular eluding, criminal impersonation, theft, obstructing a peace officer and resisting arrest. A judge ordered him held on a $50,000 cash-only bond.
Mesa County sheriff’s deputies stopped a van for a traffic violation at a convenience store at 25 and Patterson roads Wednesday afternoon after receiving an anonymous tip that Krasowsky had several warrants out for his arrest. The driver of the van, which had the words “Kustom Cleaners LLC” printed on the van’s side panels, identified himself as Jeremy Krasowski and provided an April 1976 date of birth. Deputies had information that Krasowsky uses his brother’s name and date of birth to avoid arrest, the affidavit said.
Deputies asked Krasowsky to get out of the vehicle, but instead he rolled up the window, locked the door and sped off. He drove into the Paradise Valley mobile home park, 585 25 1/2 Road, where police minutes later found the van parked between two homes. Deputies spotted Krasowsky and chased him on foot as he climbed over fences. They were then flagged down by a woman who said a man had just stolen her Jeep, the affidavit said.
The woman said she saw the man climbing over a fence and asked him what he was doing. She said he asked her for something cold to drink and she said no.
She said the man then got a “sick, angry” look on his face, rushed at her and grabbed her left arm, noting she was holding her car keys in her left hand. She said the man pulled down on her wrist and forcibly took the keys from her, the affidavit said.
Law-enforcement officers pursued the Jeep north on 25 Road, where it crashed into another vehicle near Fountain Green Boulevard. Deputies found the Jeep abandoned on a canal road just west of 24 3/4 Road, then found Krasowsky running behind Caprock Academy and ordered him to the ground at gunpoint.
The Sheriff’s Department said Krasowsky resisted arrest and complained of neck pain and other injuries. He was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, then to the jail after no injuries were found. He also was found in possession of a cellphone belonging to the owner of the stolen Jeep, the affidavit said.
No other information was immediately available about the New Mexico case. A clerk at the Adams County Justice Center confirmed Krasowsky was wanted on a warrant issued in 1998 for theft of between $500 and $15,000.
Colorado secretary of state records show Kustom Cleaners is a home and office cleaning business registered to Marisa Krasowsky at an address in Clifton. The business’s website says it is “locally owned and owner operated with trust worthy and fully trained (personnel).”
A call to the business wasn’t returned Thursday.