Drive-by shooting suspect arrested

Joseph Doremus



Grand Junction police say they are still looking for the vehicle Joseph Doremus was driving when he allegedly shot at three people Monday night.

The vehicle is a red 2006 Kia Optima sedan with Colorado license plate number 955 SNR.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 970-242-6707 or Crime Stoppers of Mesa County at 970-241-STOP.

A Fruita man accused of trying to kill three other men in a drive-by shooting in downtown Grand Junction this week allegedly was attempting to collect a medical marijuana debt owed by one of the men, according to an arrest affidavit released Thursday.

Joseph Kiley Doremus, 23, 103 Bonnie Vista Drive, No. 2, was arrested late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning in Carbondale by Carbondale police and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department, said Grand Junction police spokeswoman Kate Porras.

Doremus was transferred from the Garfield County Jail to the Mesa County Jail Thursday afternoon and is being held on $500,000 bond.

He could be charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted first-degree assault, criminal mischief, menacing with a deadly weapon, prohibited use of a weapon, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

Police said the shooting happened Monday evening when a man inside a vehicle fired three or four shots at three men inside another vehicle while the two vehicles were driving east on Pitkin Avenue near Third Street. No one was injured in the shooting, although officers found two bullets lodged in the Grand Valley Catholic Outreach Day Center, 302 Pitkin Ave.

According to an arrest affidavit, one of the men inside the vehicle that was shot at, 23-year-old Bobby Turley, told officers he received an ounce of medical marijuana from Doremus but was unable to pay him the $250 he owed. Turley said he didn’t know if Doremus was an official caregiver.

Turley said Doremus showed up at his workplace at Mesa Mall several times in the last week seeking to collect the debt. On Monday night, Turley said he and three friends were at the mall when he saw Doremus’ brother talking on a cell phone and looking at him. He said he and his friends walked out of the mall, got into a friend’s vehicle and began driving away when Doremus confronted them in his car, drove into the wrong lane and aimed his vehicle at his friend’s car, according to the affidavit.

“Bobby said (Doremus) was yelling and motioning as if he was going to punch him, as well as motioning with his hand that he was going to shoot him in the head,” a detective wrote in the affidavit.

Turley said Doremus followed his friend’s car closely to the downtown area, then pulled up next to the car. Turley said his friend slammed on his brakes to try to lose Doremus, but Doremus braked at the same time, pulled out a handgun and fired at least three shots at them, the affidavit said.

On Tuesday, a tipster called police to report she believed Doremus was involved in the shooting, the affidavit said.


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