Man accused of knifepoint robbery

Grand Junction police quickly arrested a man suspected of robbing another man of $310 in cash at knifepoint at a park on Saturday.

The victim and the suspect, 19-year-old Derek Preston Paiz, are acquaintances, said Cpl. Richard Roquemore.

“He’s still a victim of robbery whether they knew each other or not,” Roquemore said of the victim knowing the suspect.

Roquemore said investigators were trying to determine a motive for the robbery.

The incident occurred just before 7 p.m. at Melrose Park, North 26th Street and Orchard Avenue.

After the robbery, the suspect drove away, and the victim used his vehicle to follow the suspect. The victim relayed to police the license plate number of the 1988 blue Ford pickup.

With guns drawn, officers stopped Paiz in a truck matching the suspect’s license plates about an hour later on North Avenue.

Roquemore said officers were able to arrest a suspect quickly in part because they had a license plate number to go on.

Paiz was booked into Mesa County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond on suspicion of aggravated robbery and a misdemeanor charge of theft of less than $500.


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