Man held on charge of threat at cafe

David Peterson

A man was arrested last weekend on an attempted robbery charge for allegedly walking into a Main Street Grand Junction cafe and calmly and repeatedly telling wait staff that he planned to rob the place.

According to an arrest affidavit, David Peterson, 58, entered the Dream Cafe, 314 Main St., on Saturday morning and bought a soda.

“He then told a waitress she had better call dispatch because he was going to rob her,” a Grand Junction police officer wrote in the report.

Wait staff thought the comment was a joke, according to police, and even told Peterson that robbing the place was a bad idea.

Peterson allegedly calmly made the threat three or four more times, according to witnesses, and at one point became more serious, prompting employees to guide him outside.

“(A witness said) the calmness about him, as well as the repeated statements, made her believe he was actually going to rob them,” police wrote. He never showed anyone a weapon, witnesses said.

When police arrived, Peterson allegedly told them he was planning to take the money and walk out of the restaurant, and that he had just gotten out of prison where he did 32 years on an armed robbery charge.

He also told police he got upset when a waitress didn’t take his threat seriously.

Police noted that Peterson does have a conviction on his record for armed robbery, among other felony convictions.

Peterson refused to appear three times this week during daily advisements, so Mesa County Court Judge Bruce Raaum on Thursday said Peterson waived his right to be advised of the charges and he issued him a future court date to address formal filing of charges.


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