Blotter: Dec. 7, 2019

SPECIAL TO THE SENTINEL The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is seeking this man for questioning in a suspicious incident this week at Nisley Elementary School.

A suspicious incident that occurred this week involving an unknown subject and a student on their way to school at Nisley Elementary School is under investigation by the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.

A student told deputies when they were walking to school with their sibling on 28 ¾ Road, a man bumped into their sibling and then struck the student's backpack, the press release said. The man reportedly continued to walk away from them and no one was hurt in the altercation.

Later in the day, the student discovered a rip in their backpack and found an extendable razor blade inside, the press release said. Another student told a school counselor what happened and they called the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.

As part of the investigation, a School Resource Officer was in the area the next day looking for the person in question and talking to potential witnesses. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is working in partnership with School District 51 security to determine how the sharp object got into the student's backpack.

The student described the person as a white male, medium build and approximately 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with short dark hair, the release said. At this point in the investigation, deputies have located a man matching that description on surveillance video walking in the area and are asking for the public's help to identify him.

If you have information about this person's identity or about this incident please contact the Mesa County Sheriff's Office at 970-242-6707.

Drugs, cash found in arrest

Tracy Kratz, 41, is accused of drug possession and money laundering and received a $25,000 cash-only bond on Friday.

Kratz was contacted by officers at a gas station in Fruita, according to the arrest affidavit. She was parked in front of the store and was not getting gas.

She told officers she was traveling from Phoenix back home to North Dakota.

The officers conducted a search of the vehicle and observed an "abnormal" compartment welded into the floor of the vehicle, the affidavit said.

Two packages wrapped in cellophane containing a large amount of U.S. currency were reportedly found, as well as six other packages containing 19 pounds of methamphetamine.

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