Grand Junction: Gangland?

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

Last August 11 News brought you a report of gang activity in Clifton
and this weekend more than 30 businesses woke up to North Avenue littered with spray paint.

More than 30 businesses were covered in gang symbols starting Friday night.

From the Veteran's Affairs Hospital all the way down to Wal–Mart, poles and signs are tagged up in gang symbols.

Last August, 11 News took a look at 32 1/8th Road in Clifton and the common markings of the Surenos and Nortenos rival street gangs.

Those exact markings are spread throughout North Avenue, including the street-side sign at the Shamrock Motel, who now has to clean it up.

While the graffiti is done by at least two people from rival gangs, there is one arrest so far.

According to Grand Junction Police, they received a phone call that 30-year-old Gregory Johnson was spray painting businesses Friday night.
Johnson was arrested near 29 Road allegedly as he was painting big, red "E"s and "S"s on his 30th business that evening. Those are symbols for the East Side Bloods Gang.

"It appears these are gang–related," says Kate Porras of the Grand Junction Police Department. "We are seeing an increase of gang–related tags."

11 News learned in August gangs are in Mesa County, and now, they are trying more and more to get noticed.

If you are one of the businesses hit with graffiti, you don't need to pay for it to get it cleaned up, call 970-243-WASH and an abatement team from the City of Grand Junction will come out and remove the graffiti.

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  • by Brian on Oct 7, 2009 at 05:38 PM
    Why don't more law abiding citizens have CCW permits and if these punks start trouble we have a defense in place. Those that are arrested for these crimes need to be on a city wide clean up crew, and there home spray painted "punks" or "dirtbags" whatever...
  • by TLC Location: Mesa County on Oct 6, 2009 at 05:05 AM
    I Hope MCSO and GJPD will have the guts to shoot first and ask questions later. People who belong to gangs have no rights as far as I am concernd.
  • by Jorge Location: Clifton on Oct 5, 2009 at 10:01 PM
    I've seen the tags in Clifton and on North and while it's good that it is finally getting media attention it should be noted that it has been going on for long time. The new tags on North were there before this weekend because I saw them Thursday and these tags different than the Clifton tags, different gangs, different sets even. Cliftons gangs include the Surenos, Nortenos and 18th Street gangs. The tags on North are the East Side Bloods and the East Side VII (7), again different gangs & sets. I've been watching the tagging for several years and was lucky enough to attend a class done by the Garfield Co. Sheriff Dept. a couple months ago. This was an excellent class and i think anybody that gets a chance to attend one it is well worth the drive to Parachute, Rifle or Glenwood. I hope the different media outlets and Law Enforcement organizations and private citizens work together to push the gangs out, we don't want this valley to be another Denver or LA.
  • by Scott Location: Grand Junction on Oct 5, 2009 at 06:19 PM
    What a bunch of losers....
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