MCSO helps capture two California fugitives in one week

For the second time in less than a week, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office has helped apprehend homicide suspects out of California.

On February 16, 2023, while attempting to locate a local wanted subject, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) and Major Offender Task Force (MOTF) contacted 26-year-old Joel Rodriquez as he hid in the bathroom of a hotel room off Horizon Drive.  Also in the hotel room were several firearms, suspected cocaine, and an abundance of stolen items.

At the time of the encounter, Mr. Rodriguez lied to deputies about his real name.  Upon further investigation, Rodriguez’s identity was confirmed, along with an alert that he was wanted for homicide out of Fresno, California.  Joel Rodriguez was taken into custody and transported to the Mesa County Detention Facility.

Another homicide suspect out of California was arrested at the Grand Junction Regional Airport yesterday.  Antonio Campos-Ramirez, 41, of El Cajon, California, was arrested yesterday after stepping off a plane from Dallas, Texas.

Local authorities with the United States Marshall’s Service received information that Campos-Ramirez had fled the United States after being charged with Murder, Rape, and Stalking.  Working in collaboration with the US Marshall's service, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office CRU and MOTF teams, and the Colorado Bureau of Investigations, Mr. Campos-Ramirez was taken into custody without incident.  He is currently in the Mesa County Detention Facility awaiting extradition by California authorities.