UPDATE: Suspect of kidnapping has been found, but vehicle is still missing

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT)- This last Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at roughly 11:39 P.M., officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to the area of 25 Road and G Road on a report of a car crash.

A witness on site said that a female had jumped from the driver's seat of a white SUV and the vehicle had subsequently crashed into a fence in the area. The female fled on foot.

The witness also mentioned that there was a male passenger in the vehicle as well. Yet once the officers arrived on scene minutes later, the male passenger and vehicle were no longer in the area.

When the officers were talking to the witness,they were approached by a female who stated that she was the original driver of the crashed vehicle.

The victim stated that she was an Uber driver and had picked up a male passenger from an address in Fruita who hired her to take him downtown.

During the transport, the male reportedly brandished a gun and demanded the driver take him to the desert. The victim ultimately jumped from the vehicle while it was in motion to escape the suspect, and the suspect fled the scene in the victim's vehicle.

Medical personnel evaluated the female victim on scene, who suffered only minor injuries.

Through investigation, officers and detectives with the Grand Junction Police Department have identified the suspect in this case as Adam Salaz, 23, of Grand Junction.

Salaz has been found in Carlsbad, New Mexico. However the vehicle is still missing. Charges for Salaz include: lying about his identity, kidnapping, and theft has been issued for Salaz.

Grand Junction police also notified us he has previously been arrested for driving with a revoked license, and failing to appear in court several times.

Anyone with information on this case or the possible location of the stolen vehicle is urged to call 911. The vehicle is a 2019 white Toyota CHR, with Colorado license plate ABJL93.


Stock photo, not the actual vehicle


 
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