Jewelry salesman stabbed, robbed of gems

One man suffers injury to hand, another unharmed; thieves reportedly take goods valued at $40,000

By LE ROY STANDISH

Two visiting jewelry salesmen were the victims of a strong-armed robbery early Wednesday morning as four thieves lifted $40,000 in goods from the duo.

The guests were checking in at the Quality Inn, 733 Horizon Drive, when they were attacked around 1:15 a.m., said Sgt. David Stassen of the Grand Junction Police Department.

One of the men was stabbed in the hand with a knife and taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, police said.

The only description given of the four suspects is they are all Hispanic and rode in a black Cadillac Escalade, which may have had an orange circle in the middle of the license plate, police said. They were last seen speeding away from the hotel toward Interstate 70, police said.

Rick Martindale, general manager of the Quality Inn, said crimes are rare in the Horizon Drive area of Grand Junction. The last incident he could remember was a fight a decade ago across Horizon Drive.

“This is like somebody breaking into Mayberry and robbing Andy Griffith,” Martindale said. “I don’t know if this is something we could have prevented.”

Martindale said he may look into putting more lights in the parking lot to dissuade future incidents.

Police ask that anyone with information about the robbery call Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Tipsters may also notify police of any information online at http://www.241stop.com or text information to: 274637 (Crimes) with the word TIP729 in the message.

Gretel Daugherty contributed to this report.


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