Suspect photographed in knifepoint robbery

SPECIAL TO THE SENTINEL—A photo taken from a video surveillance system shows a man who was reported to have robbed Smoker Friendly on U.S. Highway 50 on Saturday night.

The Grand Junction Police Department on Monday released a surveillance photo in hopes of identifying a man who reportedly robbed a business at knifepoint and assaulted a worker.

Officers were called just before 7 p.m. Saturday on a report of a man who hit an employee at Smoker Friendly, 2692 U.S. Highway 50, before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash. The employee wasn’t injured. Police described the suspect as white and in his 30s, about 6 feet tall, weighing about 170 pounds, and wearing a dark-colored coat with a hoodie covering his head.

Anyone with information is asked to call dispatch at 242-6707, or Mesa County Crime Stoppers, 241-STOP. Tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers’ web page,, or texted to 274637 with TIP729 in the message.


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