Utah fugitive arrested in Mesquite on sex offender warrant

MESQUITE, Nev. – Police arrested a fugitive sex offender Friday at a hotel in Mesquite, Nevada. Authorities said the man had an active felony arrest warrant issued out of Utah for aggravated sexual abuse of a child, and was in possession of two loaded guns at the time of his arrest.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., the Mesquite Police Department received notification from the Emery County Sheriff’s Office in Utah that a fugitive sex offender was possibly staying in the Mesquite area, according to a press statement issued by the Mesquite Police Department Monday.

The fugitive sex offender, identified as 67-year-old Greg Jensen, of Emery, Utah, had an active felony warrant for his arrest for aggravated sexual abuse of a child; rape of a child, the statement said.

Officers were able to locate and identify Jensen who was staying at the Virgin River Hotel and Casino.

“Detectives implemented surveillance of the room and began formulating a plan to safely take him into custody,” the Police Department said.

At approximately 5 p.m., Jensen exited his hotel room and was safely taken into custody by Mesquite detectives, the statement said. At the time of the arrest, Jensen was in possession of a loaded 9-millimeter handgun and a loaded .357 magnum.

Jensen was arrested on the felony fugitive-from-justice warrant, and was transported to the Clark County Detention Center to await extradition back to Utah.

“Local criminal charges are pending regarding Jensen being in possession of the firearms,” the Police Department said.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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