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Posted on: October 4, 2023

GJPD Makes Arrest in Reported Kidnapping Incident

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Grand Junction Police Department officers responded to a report of a kidnapping in the parking lot of St Mary’s Hospital located at 2635 N 7th St. On 10/4/2023 shortly before 1 p.m. dispatch received a call that a man dragged a woman out of her car and into his vehicle before driving off. Officers quickly responded and located the suspect’s vehicle at a hotel near F ½ and 24 Rd. a short time later. Officers contacted the suspect and victim at approximately 1:35 p.m. in a hotel room and took the suspect into custody without incident. Grand Junction Police Department’s Victim’s Services team responded to assist the victim of this crime. Israel Rivera (37) was taken to the Mesa County Detention Facility on the following charges:

  • 2nd Degree Kidnapping
  • False Imprisonment
  • Obstructing Telephone Services
  • Harassment
  • Criminal Mischief

This incident was an isolated domestic disturbance between two acquainted parties and there is no ongoing danger to the community. This incident is under investigation and there is no further information available at this time. 

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