GJPD officers arrest “America’s Most Wanted” Fugitive

By: Courtney Carter Email
By: Courtney Carter Email

Grand Junction, Colo. – This week the Grand Junction Police Department arrested a man that had been featured on the television show “America’s Most Wanted”. The man had been on the run from California authorities said since 2010.

Luke Austin Artinger who was wanted in connection with Parole Violations and Attempted Murder. He is accused of violating his parole from previous conviction on vandalism and battery charges involving stabbing a retired Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy.

Artinger pleaded guilty to those charges in Jan. of 2009 and was sentenced to five years in prison, but was released on parole in Feb. 2010. He is accused of stabbing a former friend in the head and neck in Jul. of 2010. Artinger fled the scene and had not been located since.

Artinger was arrested by officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responding to a complaint of a man possibly attempting to sell drugs. The officers found Artinger and began talking to him before they spotted a backpack near him. When one of the officers opened the backpack and found what he believed to be illegal drugs inside. Artinger then took off running. Officers began to chase Artinger on foot when a Colorado Mesa University student saw the chase and tackled the man.

Grand Junction Police then took him Artinger into custody without further incident. The man was booked into jail under the name he provided.

The man’s fingerprints later came back as a positive match with the suspect wanted out of California.

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