Police find stolen Utah car, arrest 4 suspects in Mesquite

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ST. GEORGE — The discovery of a stolen Utah vehicle in Mesquite, Nevada, led to the arrest of two men and two women, along with the discovery of a second vehicle the four had also reportedly stolen.

Dawnelle Johnson, of Las Vegas, Nevada, booking photo posted June 3, 2017 | Photo courtesy of the Mesquite Police Department, St. George News

At approximately 10 p.m. Saturday, a Mesquite Police officer was on routine patrol when he observed a vehicle stopped in the travel lane on Falcon Ridge Parkway, according to a statement issued by the Mesquite Police Department.

When the officer stopped behind the vehicle, four occupants – including two men and two women – exited the vehicle and began walking away from it, officials said.

The officer spoke with two of the four occupants and discovered the vehicle had recently been stolen out of Utah and had fictitious license plates, Mesquite police said.

Stephen Johnson, of Las Vegas, Nevada, booking photo posted June 3, 2017 | Photo courtesy of the Mesquite Police Department, St. George News

Approximately one hour later, the other two occupants were located by officers.

In addition to the recovery of the stolen vehicle, officers located a .380 semi-automatic handgun the suspects had been carrying before throwing the gun into sagebrush when the officers made contact with them, officials said.

Upon further investigation, police located a second stolen vehicle registered in Nevada that the suspects had parked near a casino in Mesquite.

All four suspects were taken into police custody.

Jody Ross, of Las Vegas, Nevada, booking photo posted June 3, 2017 | Photo courtesy of the Mesquite Police Department, St. George News

Stephen Johnson, 35; Jody Ross, 40; Jonathan Luna, 23; Dawnelle Johnson, 31, all of Las Vegas, Nevada, were each charged with one felony count of possession of a stolen vehicle.

Further criminal charges are pending the completion of other related law enforcement investigations, according to the Police Department.

Jonathan Luna, of Las Vegas, Nevada, booking photo posted June 3, 2017 | Photo courtesy of the Mesquite Police Department, St. George News

Due to the felony charges, all four suspects were transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center.

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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5 Comments

  • ladybugavenger June 8, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Oh snap! I would have lost the bet that there were drugs?……nahhhhhh, they must have swallowed the baggies.

    • comments June 9, 2017 at 11:05 am

      I’d bet they tossed it out the window or swallowed it. Although I hear that it’s a real bad idea to swallow meth.

  • LocalTourist June 8, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    “Quick, get out of the car and just walk so we don’t look suspicious.”

    Here’s yer sign.

    • Rob83 July 30, 2017 at 7:02 pm

      LOL, that’s funny. What a bunch of wackos! I agree with the removal of fingers for one to learn to not steal!

  • justthetruthsir June 8, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Not judging a book by its cover does not apply here. One look will tell you these are not people that you would trust or even want to be associated with. There will always be someone who thinks they are entitled to other peoples labors. They will be out in a week or less doing it again in the same town. Removal of fingers would sure deter taking things that aren’t yours.

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