Sex offender arrested after store employees in Grand Junction grew suspicious of his actions

Grand Junction Police Department
Posted at 8:07 AM, Dec 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-27 10:07:51-05

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — A sex offender who wasn’t in compliance with his registration requirements was arrested after a store manager said he was making unwanted advances on female employees.

On Wednesday morning, the Grand Junction Police Department received a call from a manager of a local grocery store who expressed concerns about a man who had been in the store several times and made female employees uncomfortable and uneasy with his actions.

The employees researched the male based on the name he had mentioned and were able to determined that he was a sex offender.

The manager of the grocery store called police to share this information and check that the man was in compliance with his registration requirements. Police confirmed that he was not, and that he had a lengthy history of violent crimes, including rape and bank robbery.

Police said the man was out of compliance with his registration requirements in Boulder County, where he was supposed to be living.

With the information provided, police arrested the suspect, 66-year-old Bruce Cook, at a motel on Horizon Drive. He was arrested for four outstanding warrants, including one for failure to register as a sex offender.

When police found him at the motel, he had suspected methamphetamine in his possession, which resulted in additional drug charges.

He is currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility. A current mug shot was not available as of 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

“We’d like to be able to be everywhere, all the time, and prevent crime from happening, but that’s not possible,” the police department posted on Facebook. “So, when savvy citizens like the ones we worked with today partner with us to ensure their work, their neighborhood, and their community are safe, it’s a win.”