The Mesa County Sheriffs Department is asking Molina and surrounding residents to stay aware and be vigilant for a wanted, and possibly armed man.

The Grand Junction Regional Communications Center activated the regional warning system. The following was released to the media early this morning.

The suspect is believed to be Matthew "Ryan" Stauter, 30, a white male with distinctive tattoos on his neck area. He does NOT have facial hair at this time, although the 2014 booking photo from the Mesa County Detention Facility does have facial hair. Stauter was last seen in the greater Molina area wearing a black baseball hat, a black jacket and jeans. He is wanted on several warrants and is possibly armed.


Residents in the greater Molina area should remain vigilant, aware and to report any suspicious incidents to 911, immediately. Additional updates will be provided as they become available.

The latest information is available at the Mesa County Sheriffs Department's Facebook page or visiting their website.