Police blotter: Dec. 11, 2009

Sex predator info released

Juan Vallejo, a 52-year-old sexually violent predator, will be staying at the Grand Junction Rescue Mission, 550 South Ave., authorities said Thursday.

Vallejo would meet his victims, offer them a ride in his vehicle, force his victims to comply with his requests and sexually assault them, police said. Vallejo knew all but one of his victims, police said.

Authorities are required to release information to the community when a sexually violent predator has been released from prison and moves into a community.

There are six sexually violent predators living in Mesa County, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. State judges determine whether convicted sex offenders should be labeled as sexually violent predators, which the CBI considers to be the highest risk sex offenders.

There are 269 sex offenders living in unincorporated Mesa County, 235 living within Grand Junction city limits, 34 in Fruita and 25 in Palisade.

Gun found near incident

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department’s Street Crimes Unit on Wednesday said it found a loaded handgun in the 3200 block of Opal Court in Clifton, near the scene of an incident Monday night that involved SWAT officers and eventually led to the arrest of 26-year-old Justin Stedtfeld. Stedtfeld, who was arrested Monday night, will face new weapons-related charges because of the recovery of the handgun, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Volunteers needed

The Mesa County Search and Rescue ground team is accepting applications for new members. A spring class is scheduled, but interested individuals must first complete an application. Applications are available at the front counter of the Sheriff’s Department. Applicants must pass a background check.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

Robert Kaiser Jr., 49,  homeless, was arrested Wednesday at 2808 North Ave., on suspicion of forgery, possession of a forged instrument, theft, attempted theft, identity theft and possession of a financial device.

Sonia Cardenas, 23, and Brianna Harrison, 19, were issued summonses on Tuesday on suspicion of shoplifting at 636 Market St.

Property valued at less than $500 was missing after a burglary at a home in the 2800 block of Hall Avenue. An electrical box outside a residence also was damaged.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

John Neel, 22, and Blake Evans, 21, both of 2965 Music Court, were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, procuring alcohol for underage persons and obstructing a law enforcement officer.

Patrick Washburn, 22, 542 Normandy Way, was arrested Wednesday on a fugitive warrant from the Hotchkiss Police Department. Washburn came to the Sheriff’s Department to receive civil papers.


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