Traffic stop leads to arrest of man accused of possessing stolen car, taking money from blind woman

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ST. GEORGE A Hurricane man is facing multiple felony and misdemeanor changes from two unrelated cases involving accusations of evading police, possessing a stolen vehicle, forgery and stealing money meant for a blind woman.

Jason Nathanial Williams, of Hurricane, Utah, booking photo January 2019 | Photo courtesy of the Washignton County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Jason Nathanial Williams, 41, was taken into custody following a traffic stop in St. George Thursday afternoon in the area of 800 East and St. George Boulevard, according to a probable cause statement.

The reason Williams was stopped was due to a window tint violation, according to the arresting officer who wrote the statement.

During the stop, Williams is alleged to have identified himself with a name and birthdate belonging to two separate people. A check in the state database showed neither person was the driver the officer pulled over. Williams was eventually identified by name, birthdate and a matching photo, according the statement.

A K-9 unit also responded to the stop and the scent of narcotics was detected when the K-9 officer sniffed around the vehicle and notified its handler. A search of the car produced what police said were glass pipes and baggies full of white powder residue.

According the statement, Williams was informed of his rights and proceeded to tell police the baggies had methamphetamine in them.

Additional checks of state records showed Williams’ license was expired and he had three warrants issued for his arrest, including one out of Lincoln County, Nevada.

Williams admitted to being the driver in a Dec. 10 incident involving a stolen car near Bluff Street and Convention Center Drive where he ran from police. Williams was already counted as the primary suspect in the incident.

“Jason confirmed to being in possession on the stolen vehicle, seeing the red and blue lights behind him and choosing not to stop,” the officer wrote in the statement.

From the December incident and Thursday stop, William faces felonies offenses for receiving stolen property (the car) and failing to stop for an officer. He also faces misdemeanors for drug possession and paraphernalia and providing false information to police.

The expired license and window tint were counted as infractions.

Additional charges came from the Ivins-Santa Clara Police Department following Williams’ arrest in St. George.

The incident the department investigated occurred in September when a woman sentenced to serve a month in the Purgatory Correctional Facility left her wallet, complete with credit union debit card and PIN, with Williams so he “could (put) money on her books while she was in jail,” the probable cause statement read.

While in jail, the woman eventually learned her credit union account was in the negative. This led to the woman’s mother acting on her behalf in contacting police about the situation in mid-October.

While investigating the case, an officer learned a $300 check had been deposited via ATM into the woman’s credit union account. Moments after the deposit, $200 was withdrawn. The officer was able to get security video of the individual at the ATM, and it was Williams, according to the statement.

The check that had been put into the woman’s account was from the National Foundation for the Blind and was meant to go to a woman in St. George. While the names of the woman who owned the account, as well as the St. George woman, had been written on the back of the check, neither would have been able to sign it.

The woman who owned the account had been in jail at the time, and the St. George woman who was supposed to get the check told police she was blind and never received the check.

Williams was subsequently identified as the man at the credit union’s ATM by a family member who was shown photos from security footage by police.

From the Ivins-Santa Clara Police Department, Williams faces felony counts for theft and forgery and a misdemeanor for the unauthorized use of a finance card.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Email: mkessler@stgnews.com

Twitter: @MoriKessler

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