Stabbing in Old Bullhead sends one to LV hospital

BULLHEAD CITY, ARIZ.—A stabbing Saturday night in Old Bullhead sent a California man to a Las Vegas hospital. Preliminary reports indicate the victim may have started the confrontation that led to the stabbing.

Police are also investigating the possibility that a local motorcycle club and another club from Las Vegas may have been involved.

Bullhead City police were called to O’Leary’s Pub shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday night after a confrontation that started inside the bar ended with a group of people outside the establishment. The victim, Michael Earl Wilson, 34 of Phelan, Calif., was said to be ‘highly intoxicated and belligerent’ inside the bar when he was asked to leave by employees. He reportedly refused numerous times and was being escorted out of the bar.

Police department spokesperson Emily Fromelt says Wilson continued to act disorderly and disruptive as he was being led out of the establishment. During such, he reportedly engaged in several confrontations with other bar patrons and apparently hit one of them with an object just before exiting the bar.

The confrontation continued outside the bar between the man and several people. According to Fromelt, witnesses told police that various members of two biker clubs attempted to chase Wilson off the property to no avail. Wilson was observed swinging and unknown object toward the bikers, which then resulted in the bikers retaliating and stabbing Wilson multiple times. Although she did not identify their names, Fromelt said, one of the motorcycle clubs is based out of the local area, while the other motorcycle club is visiting from Las Vegas. They are currently under investigation for Saturday’s incident.

Wilson was flown to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas and was last reported in stable condition.

The anti-gang GIITEM task force is handling the ongoing investigation.

MCSO looking for robbery suspect in Ft. Mohave

FORT MOHAVE, ARIZ.– Someone robbed the Adult City bookstore just south of Bullhead City over the weekend and the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in locating the two suspects.

The first suspect is described as being a male, approximately 6’3″ to 6’5″ tall with brown hair. He was wearing black gloves along with black clothing and a clown mask.
The second suspect is described as being a female, approximately 5’3″ to 5’7″ tall with a thin build and red hair. She was wearing a white t-shirt.

Investigators say the suspects entered the adult book store, which is located in the 4300 block of Highway 95, in Fort Mohave, Sunday morning shortly before 1 a.m. The male suspect had a knife in his possession and demanded money from the clerk on duty. Both he and the female suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

No one was injured during the robbery.

Detectives say the suspects should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about the robbery or the location of the suspects is asked to call the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office at (928)753-0753 or Mohave Silent Witness at (928)753-1234.

BHC gang member arrested for armed robbery

BULLHEAD CITY, ARIZ.– A suspected gang member was arrested early this morning in connection with an armed robbery that took place in the 900 block of Hancock Road a couple hours earlier.

At approximately 10:30 p.m., on Monday, Bullhead City police were notified of the robbery when the 18-year old victim called dispatchers.

The victim said he was walking with a female friend when the suspect, whom he recognized as Larry Lozano, Jr., 18, pulled a handgun out of his backpack and told the victim to give him his watch or else he would shoot him. The victim complied with the demand and gave Lozano his watch. According to a police department spokesperson, Lozano proceeded to punch the victim in the jaw, causing him to bleed and then took off running.

Shortly after police arrived, investigators developed information that Lozano was at a residence in the Holiday Shores neighborhood. Police located him inside a house in the 700 block of Brill Drive and also found a .22 caliber firearm, which matched the description the victim provided officers.

The victim was examined by Bullhead City Fire Department paramedics and told police he would seek his own medical attention at the hospital.

The Gang & Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission (GIITEM) was contacted and assisted Bullhead City police in the investigation. They linked Lozano to a known street gang in Bullhead City. The victim has no gang affiliations.

Lozano was charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, carrying a weapon in commission of a felony, disorderly conduct and participating in a criminal street gang. He was booked into the Mohave County Jail in Kingman.

Fort Mohave man boards up his house, refuses to let his wife leave

FORT MOHAVE, ARIZ.– He boarded up his house, told his wife she couldn’t leave and said it was all because he was waiting for someone to bring him his tax return. For the wife and children of Michael Lynn Begley, Jr., 42, it was another domestic dispute that required the attention of the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies had been there the night before for an assault against Begley’s 17-year old son, whom he was allegedly trying to evict from his house. In the process, Begley reportedly used a flashlight and a 2X4. He was also known to be wanted on outstanding warrants from both Bullhead City and Kingman.

Neighbors told deputies that Begley ran away after learning that deputies had been notified.

Begley’s daughter called sheriff’s dispatchers at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, telling them her father had returned and would not let her mother out of the house. While deputies were in route to Begley’s residence in the 5700 block of S Gazelle Drive, they were told by the daughter that Begley had boarded up the house. The daughter also told deputies that her mother was afraid.

When deputies arrived, they found the front entrance covered with a sheet of plywood and several windows had screens that blocked the view inside. They set up a public address system to advise Begley to exit the house and attempts to make contact continued for several hours.

During the standoff, deputies managed to make contact with Begley’s wife who indicated that she was not okay, but she didn’t have an opportunity to expand on her comments because the line was abruptly hung up.

At about 4 p.m., deputies were able to rescue the woman from the enclosed porch area. Deputies noticed hands reaching around the boarded up porch entry area. Deputies cut the screen in the window and pulled the victim to safety.

She told deputies that she repeated told her husband that she wanted to leave, but he refused and reportedly indicated that the deputies would eventually leave.

After the repeated attempts to make contact with Begley failed, the Sheriff’s Office Tactical Operations Unit forced entry into the residence and took Begley into custody without further incident.

While being questioned by deputies, Begley indicated that he refused to come out of the residence because he needed to pick up his tax return from his tax preparer.

He was booked into the Mohave County Jail in Kingman on charges of endangerment and kidnapping for the incident on Tuesday, as well as charges of aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and criminal damage for the incident involving his son the previous night. All of the criminal charges against Begley have the ‘domestic violence’ notation, which enhance the penalties he faces should he be convicted.

MCSO investigating attempted murder/suicide in Ft. Mohave

FORT MOHAVE, ARIZ.– Mohave County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating what they believe may have been an attempted murder/suicide.

A Fort Mohave man called sheriff’s office dispatchers at 5:15 a.m. this morning to report that his roommate had shot him and then turned the gun on himself. Deputies responded to the residence in the 2500 block of E Nez Perce Road, while emergency medical personnel with the Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department staged nearby.

At the residence, deputies found the reporting party, Wayne Sander, 48, with a gunshot wound to his head. The deputies also found a deceased 59-year old male victim. He too had a gunshot wound to his head. Paramedics responded and transported Sander to Valley View Medical Center in Fort Mohave. He was subsequently airlifted to Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas, where he was last reported to be in fair condition.

Sander told deputies that his roommate shot him and then committed suicide. He also advised that his roommate was distraught about his medical condition.

This case is being investigated as an attempted homicide/suicide. Autopsy results are pending.

Mother charged with failing to report child abuse

BULLHEAD CITY, ARIZ.– An Arizona mother is facing criminal prosecution for not reporting alleged child abuse committed against her two year old son by her boyfriend. Bullhead City police didn’t come across the alleged abuse until they were investigating a bizarre incident on Lakeside Drive Monday morning.

Police were investigating a possible traffic accident at around 4:40 a.m. when they uncovered the alleged child abuse. Dispatchers had received word of a man who fell out of a moving vehicle. Jacob Jeffrey Garbers, 26, was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. He was later airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital.

According to Garbers’ girlfriend, Rebecca May Rose Wright, 23, who was driving the vehicle, she and Garbers were arguing and, at some point during the disagreement, he reportedly hit her in the face. According to Bullhead City police spokesperson Emily Fromelt, officers recognized injuries to Wright’s face. She then said Garbers jumped out of the car while it was moving.

The couple’s two young children were in the backseat. Officers noticed that their 2-year-old boy had severe bruising and swelling on his face and bruises on his arms and legs. When questioned about the bruises, Wright attempted to explain the injuries away by saying her son was very active and always falling down and running into things. She said the facial injury was caused from a fall at the playground the day before while with his grandmother.

Police and Fire Department paramedics agreed that the injury to the boy’s face did not appear to be from a fall. The boy was also taken to the hospital for treatment.

Further investigation revealed that Wright failed to seek medical attention for her son. Fromlet said, Wright also provided police with a false telephone number for the grandmother when officers initially attempted to confirm Wright’s story of how the boy received the injury to his face. Eventually, officers made contact with the boy’s grandmother, who reportedly told police that the child had not been in her care when the injury occurred.

Wright then told police that Garbers had hit their son in the head, but she did not report it because she didn’t want Garbers arrested. Wright was then arrested for failing to report child abuse.

The child was treated and released from a local hospital. Agents with the Arizona Department of Child Safety took custody of the boy, as well his 4-month-old sister.
A court summons was requested for Garbers, charging him with assault per domestic violence and disorderly conduct per domestic violence against Wright. Child abuse charges are also pending against the boyfriend, but the case is still under investigation.
Wright was booked into the Mohave County Jail in Kingman, charged with a single count of failure to report child abuse.

Barricade situation in Laughlin comes to an end, subject arrested

David Smith, 58, is seen tossing items from his hotel room at Harrah's Laughlin. A stand off with Las Vegas Metro police ended shortly before 6 p.m. tonight. PHOTO COURTESY: Michael Hernandez

LAUGHLIN, NV—The standoff at Harrah’s has ended. Members of the Las Vegas Metro SWAT team broke into the suspect’s hotel room shortly before 6 p.m. tonight. Once inside, they arrested the suspect, who has been identified as David Smith, 58. There is no word on whether he actually had any weapons in his possession at the time of his arrest. He was taken to Western Arizona Regional Medical Center for treatment of self-inflicted wounds and then booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas on a single count of Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

The standoff began shortly after 1 p.m. this afternoon.

“Hotel security went up to the room to have him pay his bill and leave the room since he hasn’t paid,” Metro Lt. John Healy wrote in a statement after the incident concluded. “He refused to open the door, security stated they would use the pass key to enter.”

That is when Smith reportedly told the security supervisor that he would shoot and kill the first person that came through the door. He then proceeded to start breaking various items in the room, including the windows. Police later determined he had thrown several lamps and clothes from the room. Healy said, Smith cut himself several times while trying to break the windows.

Officers with the Laughlin substation were the first to respond. They met with security and set up communication with Smith, who refused to surrender and continued to make several additional threats to shoot whoever went through the door. At that time, they had no confirmation that Smith had any weapons and police at the scene did not report any gunshots.

Officers were able to locate Smith’s girlfriend, who told Metro that Smith has had a bunch of weapons in the past, but was not sure if he had any of them in his hotel room with him.
The Metro SWAT team and negotiators were dispatched from Las Vegas and arrived shortly after 3 p.m. and opened up a dialog with Smith.

After several more hours of discussions with Smith, the decision was made to allow SWAT members to force their way into the room.

Guest barricades himself inside hotel room in Laughlin

LAUGHLIN, NV.– The Las Vegas Metro SWAT team and negotiators are on their way to Laughlin this afternoon as a guest at a local casino has barricaded himself inside his hotel room and has reportedly threatened to shoot anyone who comes through the door.

Officers with the Laughlin Substation were first dispatched to Harrah’s Laughlin shortly after 1 p.m. Hotel security had tried to make contact with the guest, who was scheduled to check out this morning. He refused to open the door and was said to be ‘very agitated.’ Repeated attempts to make contact were met with threats of violence, however, no weapons have been fired, and it’s unknown whether or not the subject has gun.

Officers at the scene have told Metro dispatch that they can hear items be broken inside the hotel room. The guest has also reportedly broken out a window.

Guests in nearby rooms have been evacuated as a precautionary move.

We’ll have updates as the information becomes available.

Car flips on its side and slides down Casino Drive Easter morning.

The 73-year old passenger in this car was taken to the hospital in Bullhead City for treatment of minor injuries Sunday morning. (PHOTO COURTESY: Dave Sanchez)

LAUGHLIN, NV.—No one was seriously injured in a bizarre traffic accident early Sunday morning on Casino Dr., which forced a temporary closure of the road for a short time Easter morning. Metro police have cited the driver in the accident for failure to keep his full attention on his driving.

Jose Yniguez-Franco, 74, and his 73-year old wife, Juana, were southbound on Casino Dr. in their 2005 Dodge Neon. Metro investigators say that as Franco drove passed the main entrance intersection to the Tropicana/Colorado Belle, he allowed his vehicle to leave the roadway. The Neon had partially traveled onto the center raised median, destroying the chicken coop fencing.

Officers say the driver continued to travel with his left wheels on the median and his right wheels on the pavement of Casino Drive for about 112 feet. At that point, the vehicle struck a large boulder in the median that was angled up, causing him to roll the vehicle onto its passenger side.

Investigators say the vehicle slid 31 feet while on its side before coming to a stop.

Both occupants managed to free themselves from the accident before emergency medical crews from the Clark County Fire Department arrived. Mrs. Yniguez-Franco was transported to Western Arizona Regional Medical Center in Bullhead City for treatment.

Another BHC teen comes forward to report sexual misconduct by her stepfather

BULLHEAD CITY, ARIZ.– Another stepfather has been arrested for sexually assaulting their wife’s daughters. The 15-year old victim had had enough, claiming Lee Earl Dilley, 25, had been forcing her to engage in several sexual acts since Aug. 2014.

The victim reported the crimes to police on Thursday. The following day, they arrested Dilley. He is believed to have taken sexually-explicit videos and photographs of the victim, as well.

Dilly was charged with sexual conduct with a minor, sexual assault on a miner and sexual exploitation of a minor. He was booked into the Mohave County Jail in Kingman.