Man accused of robbery, aiding drug buy-back
A Grand Junction man was arrested on suspicion he robbed another man of his prescription medication, then helped arrange a sale of the medicine back to the victim.
Justin Aaron Fraser, 20, 2873 Darla Drive, was arrested this week on a pair of warrants alleging felony charges of aggravated robbery of a controlled substance and complicity. He is being held in the Mesa County Jail on $120,000 bond.
Another man, Kelon Lance Moses, 21, 2664 1/2 Paradise Drive, is also in custody in connection with the robbery and could face the same aggravated robbery charge. He is being held on $100,000 bond.
According to an arrest affidavit, the alleged victim, 21-year-old Alex Levan, told Grand Junction police Fraser picked him up at Mesa Mall on Dec. 31. Levan indicated he had had surgery on his finger two days earlier and had just filled his prescription for oxycodone.
Levan said Fraser asked to see his finger after he got into the vehicle and asked him about any medication he was using. After Levan indicated he was given oxycodone, Fraser asked if he would be willing to sell some of the pills. Levan indicated he might be and took two pills, the affidavit said.
At that point, Levan said, someone in the back seat wrapped their arm around his neck and pulled him back into the seat. Levan said Fraser told him, “You can make a choice,” and Levan gave the man in the back seat the rest of the oxycodone, the affidavit said.
Levan said he tried to get out of the vehicle but couldn’t find the door handle. The man in the back seat told him where it was and told him to “get the (expletive) out of here.” Levan said he recognized Moses’ voice, indicating he had gone to school with Fraser and Moses, the affidavit said.
On Jan. 6, police instructed Levan to call and send a text message to Fraser indicating he wasn’t upset about the robbery and wanted to see about getting some of the oxycodone back. The next day, Fraser replied that Levan could get some oxycodone from another man, 19-year-old William Crow, because Fraser was going out of town, the affidavit said.
Police arrested Crow on Jan. 7 on suspicion he tried to sell Levan 20 oxycodone pills for $545. Crow told Levan that Fraser had indicated to him that Levan was interested in buying the oxycodone, the affidavit said.