Kidnapping suspect violated judge’s order

A Grand Junction man arrested on suspicion of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend was reprimanded by a judge Friday for violating a protection order.

“Restraining orders are a one-way street,” Mesa County Judge Gretchen Larson told 45-year-old Joseph Wesley Tucker.

Tucker, who had been ordered Thursday by Larson not to contact the ex-girlfriend, said via video conference from Mesa County Jail that he went to her home later Thursday after she called and asked him to come get her.

Mesa County Deputy District Attorney Pete Hautzinger said prosecutors had Tucker in custody Thursday morning on suspicion of criminal trespassing, among other allegations that involved the ex-girlfriend, Tracy Brown, but decided not to press charges at that time.

Witnesses told police Thursday they saw Tucker carry a woman across a highway against her will, place her in a vehicle and drive away.

Tucker was being held Friday on suspicion of first-degree kidnapping, second-degree burglary, motor vehicle theft, theft of between $500 and $1,000, third-degree assault, violation of a restraining order and domestic violence.

His bail was set at $100,000.


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