Purse-snatching suspect may be 0 for 2

Man arrested in incident at Two Rivers, investigated in Fruita attack

A man is arrested by Grand Junction police officers in the 400 block of the alley south of Grand Avenue Tuesday. (The dispatch call was for “the robbery suspect” using a pay phone at the Mesa County Library at Fifth Street and Grand Avenue.)

A man accused in one failed robbery of a woman and suspected in another was arrested Tuesday afternoon in downtown Grand Junction.

Adrian Peters, 19, address unknown, was booked on suspicion of felony menacing, attempted aggravated robbery and assault, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.

Patrol officers went to the Mesa County Library main branch around 2 p.m. after someone phoned in a tip that “the robbery suspect” was in front of the building using a public telephone, according to 911 dispatch traffic.

Peters walked away from the library and was arrested without incident in the alley south of the 400 block of Grand Avenue.

An arrest affidavit wasn’t immediately available.

Peters was in Mesa County Jail only in connection with a botched attempt to rob 66-year-old Deanna Morrison of Grand Junction on Friday. Police said Morrison was knocked to the ground outside Two Rivers Convention Center but fought her assailant, who was armed, and refused to give up her purse. She was not injured.

A witness told police the man left in a 1980s-model tan Ford Taurus.

Fruita Police Chief Mark Angelo declined comment when asked whether Peters was involved in a similar incident Monday night in Fruita.

“We’re still working our case,” Angelo said.

Around 8:30 p.m., a 41-year-old woman was walking to her car when a Hispanic man ran toward her, according to Fruita police. He grabbed her purse, and the two struggled, but she managed to keep her purse.

A passerby chased the woman’s attacker, who was described as leaving the scene driving a beige Ford Taurus.


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