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MESQUITE, NV — A clerk was reportedly kidnapped in an armed robbery in Mesquite, Nevada, over the weekend in a crime spree that landed five suspects in jail. The clerk was later found unharmed.
The arrests stem from an incident reported shortly after midnight Sunday when officers were sent to a convenience store on West Mesquite Boulevard following a report of an armed robbery and kidnapping that took place in Mesquite.
Officers arrived to learn that a suspect armed with a handgun entered the store armed with a handgun. He pointed the gun at the clerk as he demanded all the money from the registry, according to a statement released by the Mesquite Police Department.
The statement also said that when the clerk complied and handed over the money, he was ordered out of the store at gunpoint and then forced to a car parked nearby. The suspect drove off with the clerk in the car, heading west on Mesquite Boulevard, and shortly thereafter the suspect pulled over near the Casa Blanca Casino and released the clerk.
The report also states that immediately afterwards, the employee called 911 to report the incident and was later found unharmed.
During this time, officers established a containment zone surrounding the store, while patrol officers conducted a neighborhood survey to determine if there were any stores affected by similar criminal activity. Authorities determined that no other businesses were affected and continued to search the area in search of the suspect – efforts which continued throughout the night without success.
In the meantime, officers processing the scene of the theft have gathered all available security footage that may have captured the suspect or vehicle involved in the incident early in the morning.
As officers continued to search for the suspect, the Mesquite Police Department received a call regarding what appeared to be an unrelated vehicle theft reported at one of the area casinos.
Officers responded and, while reviewing security footage, identified one of the suspects believed to have been involved in the car theft, and investigators also obtained information about a motel room possibly registered with the one of the suspects as well.
As the vehicle theft investigation continues, detectives uncovered security footage that captured parking lot footage that revealed a vehicle matching the car used in the armed robbery-kidnapping incident reported hours earlier.
In the meantime, officers responded to the hotel where the suspect was allegedly staying, which is when they noticed a man who matched the suspect involved in the armed robbery was leaving the business .
Mesquite Police Sgt. Wyatt Oliver told St. George News the suspect was identified as Kyle Lewis Dynes, 34, of Uhrichsville, Ohio. Dynes was accompanied by Tabbetha Perez, 36, of Canton, Ohio, Oliver added.
As the couple made their way to a vehicle matching the description of the car believed to have been used in the robbery, they spotted several officers approaching and attempted to flee on foot.
The foot chase ended quickly, however, when the pair were apprehended and taken into custody by police, while search warrants were obtained for the motel room and the two vehicles.
When officers entered the hotel room where one of the suspects was staying, they found three other people inside who were later arrested by police. The three suspects were later identified as David Eugene Jordan Jr., 32, of Mesquite, as well as Cody Jones, 35, and Nicole Dessecker, 33, both of New Philadelphia, Ohio, located about 85 miles north. south of Cleveland.
During one of several searches, officers recovered a revolver, along with the key and registration to the stolen vehicle, which was later found abandoned in a residential area of Mesquite. Officers also determined that it was not the same car that was allegedly used in the armed robbery.
Following Sunday’s arrests, four of the suspects were transported to Clark County Detention Center and held on multiple counts.
Dynes faces first-degree felony kidnapping, as well as second-degree robbery with the use of a deadly weapon. He also faces one count of obstructing an officer.
Jordan faces three felony charges, including one count of conspiracy to commit robbery with a deadly weapon, grand theft of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle.
Jones faces one count of possession of a stolen vehicle, while Desseker faces a felony count of conspiracy to possess a stolen vehicle.
Perez, meanwhile, was transported to Mesquite Detention Center facing one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and was released shortly after his arrest.
Later, Oliver said, a fugitive warrant for Perez was located and confirmed by authorities, and on Monday morning, he said, she was arrested for the second time and transported to the prison of Las Vegas where she is being held on national fugitive. warrant, as well as drug charges that were filed in connection with additional evidence found during the search of the hotel room.
Mesquite Police Chief MaQuade Chesley attributed the quick identification and arrests of the “extremely violent” suspects involved to the proactive mindset of the officers serving under his command, and their tireless efforts resulted in the arrest of the five suspects who are believed to have “continued their aggression against our citizens”, he added.
Chesley went on to say that Mesquite, like many towns across the country, is seeing an increase in violent crime, and while the town may have seemed like an easy target for criminals, including the five arrested on Sunday, they turned soon realized they were “greatly mistaken and chose the wrong city.”
All five suspects remain in custody as the investigation into the alleged crime spree continues.
This report is based on statements taken from court records, police or other stakeholders and may not contain the full extent of the conclusions. Those arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty by a court or until a trier of fact decides otherwise.
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