MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) - Authorities have identified the suspect in a robbery, kidnapping, and carjacking case that spans several Western Slope cities and two counties.
They say 30-year-old Daniel Lee Washington is responsible for the crimes that started late Wednesday night.
Grand Junction Police and Mesa County Sheriff's Department authorities say the crime spree began around 9 p.m. Wednesday when Grand Junction Police were called out to the Last Chance Liquor Store at 12th Street and Pitkin Avenue.
They say a customer walked into the store to find it empty. The customer called 911 and when authorities arrived they discovered that the clerk, her car and money from the cash register were missing.
A few minutes later, another call came in to 911. Police say it was the missing clerk, who was calling from the Stop 'n' Save gas station near 32 and F Roads.
She claims to have been driven in her own car by her kidnapper to Cameo. She says she was able to escape in her car while her suspected kidnapper was getting gas. She was unharmed. Investigators say she drove herself back to the liquor store where she was interviewed by police.
Then, around 10 p.m. another call came into 911 from a man who says he was carjacked at a truckstop in Cameo.
The victim reported that a man threatened to shoot him, then stole his truck and trailer and headed eastbound on I–70. The victim was unharmed.
Garfield County Sheriff's Deputies apprehended the man suspected in both incidents in Parachute.
They say the suspect abandoned the stolen truck and trailer just east of Parachute on Highway 6 and fled on foot back to town.
Deputies were able to catch up with Washington and arrested him in Parachute. He faces multiple felony charges. His arrest affidavit is below.