Man pistol-whipped, robbed

Pot stolen, 3 victims threatened, police say

Authorities try to sort out what happened after a robbery at 1025 Grand Ave. on Thursday.

Armed men wearing masks stormed a Grand Avenue home Thursday afternoon, beat a man and stole medical marijuana, Grand Junction police said.

The suspects, all described by police as black men, forced their way inside 1025 Grand Ave. around 4 p.m. and threatened three people, one of whom was pistol-whipped on the back of his head, Grand Junction Police Department spokeswoman Kate Porras said. The suspects took an unknown amount of medical marijuana that was inside the home. One man was confirmed to have a handgun, and another man possibly had a shotgun. Both entered the home from a rear door and fled on foot, Porras said.

“Whether or not (stealing pot) was their intention when they came in, we don’t know yet,” Porras said.

Investigators believe the stolen marijuana belonged to one of the three people who was at the home at the time, but the property isn’t associated with any known caregiver or medical marijuana dispensary, Porras said.

A friend of the victim’s, who wasn’t at the home at the time of the incident, drove the beaten man to St. Mary’s Hospital.

Payson Grise said he was sitting in the lobby next door at Grand Dental when a “young boy” ran into the business and asked a receptionist to call 911.

“You could tell he’d been facing something he didn’t want to face,” said Grise, 62, a Palisade resident who said he brought his grandson to the downtown Grand Junction dental office for a checkup.

“He said they robbed him, took his phone, and they had guns,” Grise said, adding the boy didn’t appear injured.

Shortly after the boy arrived, Grise said he watched out the window as several men walked out of the rear back porch of 1025 Grand Ave., one of them holding a shotgun.

One man who emerged from the home had a “bloody face,” Grise said.

The home is owned by Loma resident Harmon Lisnow, who said he rents it out through Bray Property Management.

Grand Junction police asked anyone with information about the incident to call a non-emergency number for dispatchers, 242-6707, or Mesa County Crime Stoppers, 241-STOP.


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