On January 31st at around 8:30 p.m., Mesquite Police Officers were called to the 900 block of Chaparral Dr regarding a vehicle accident. A vehicle was traveling Eastbound on Chaparral and had driven right into the rear end of a vehicle parked on the shoulder. The parked vehicle was empty, and thankfully nobody was hurt. Once officers began investigating the accident, they observed the driver may be impaired by alcohol, and possibly unsafe to drive. After investigating the accident and the driver, officers placed the driver under arrest, and transported her to the Mesquite Detention Center.
Leigh Roessner, 45, of Mesquite Nevada, was arrested and charged with: One misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol and one misdemeanor count of failure to maintain travel lane.
Over the past few months, the Mesquite Police Department had been conducting an investigation involving multiple drug dealers who had been working together to traffic and sell heroin, meth, and cocaine from a residence within Mesquite. On January 26th, Mesquite Police concluded their investigation by moving in on the residence to take all the suspects into custody. When the police officers moved in and made contact with the suspects, they learned these suspects were in the act of forcing two females to conduct sexual acts for money, while actively selling illegal drugs from within their residence. Mesquite Police promptly took action and were able to safely remove both females from the location while taking four suspects into custody.
All four suspects have been formally charged. Mesquite detectives are still actively investigating and reviewing evidence obtained from the crime scene. Additional criminal charges are pending, once the investigation is completed.
Robert William Howick, 53, of Mesquite Nevada, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of battery with substantial bodily harm.
Shauntory Watson, 38, of Ogden Utah, was arrested and charged with: Three felony counts of sexual assault, one felony count of coercion, two felony counts of conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act, two felony counts of sells of a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), and one felony count of possession of a controlled substance (heroin).
Ronnie Baham, 52, of St George Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of sell of a controlled substance (meth) and one felony count of conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.
Ashton Mcdonald, 25, of Littlefield Arizona, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of sales of a controlled substance (heroin) and one felony count of conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.
Due to the felony charges, all suspects were transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas Nevada.
On January 26th, Mesquite Police were called to an apartment complex to investigate a male acting suspiciously while pulling a suitcase. Prior to the officers’ arrival, the suspicious male left the suitcase in the manager’s office and fled the area. Officer located methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia inside the suitcase. Officers also located a separate male passed out on an outside stairwell. After waking up the male and checking if he was in need of any medical assistance, officers then located methamphetamines inside the male’s pocket. The following day, detectives returned to the apartment complex and located the suspicious male who had been in possession of the suitcase the day prior, and safely took him into custody as well.
With the evidence obtained from both suspects, Mesquite Detectives obtained and executed a search warrant on the residence the suspects were staying in. Detectives located additional amounts of methamphetamines and paraphernalia inside.
Kenneth Broussard, 48, of Freeport Texas, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of possession of a controlled substance (meth).
Marc Synnestvedt, 45, of West Valley Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of possession of a controlled substance (meth) and six misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Due to the felony charges, both suspects were transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas Nevada.
On January 18th, Mesquite Police Narcotics Detectives took into custody a Mesquite resident who was selling crystal methamphetamines out of his home. The Narcotics Detectives had been working a lengthy investigation which involved the suspect trafficking methamphetamines, selling it out of his home, and allowing it to be used inside of his home. Detectives were able to safely take the suspect into custody while he was away from his home and traveling in his vehicle. Once the suspect was in custody, detectives served a search warrant on suspect’s vehicle and his residence. Multiple items of evidence were recovered during the searches, and as the investigation is still ongoing, more criminal charges are pending.
Christopher Stevens, 46, of Mesquite Nevada, was arrested and charged with: Two felony counts of sales of a controlled substance (meth), two felony counts of trafficking a controlled substance (meth), two felony counts of conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act, and one felony count of maintaining a place to sell and/or use drugs.Due to the felony charges, Christopher Stevens was transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas Nevada.
The Mesquite Police Department wants everyone to have a safe and happy holiday season. We have already received a complaint of Christmas packages being stolen off of front doorsteps after being delivered. Every year, we also receive complaints of packages being stolen out of vehicles in parking lots and driveways.
Here are a few safety tips which the Mesquite Police Department recommends to assist you in not becoming a victim of theft this season;
If you plan on having online orders delivered to your home, try to have someone home to receive the package. If that is not possible, there are now a multitude of affordable door cameras, or doorbells with a camera built into them which are an effective deterrent to would-be thieves. If the thief does not see the camera, the video recordings are extremely helpful for the Mesquite Police Department in identifying and tracking down the suspect.
If you are shopping and have to leave valuable items inside your vehicle, try to hide them in a locked trunk or an area not visible to people walking by. Also, always remember to lock your vehicle doors, especially when your vehicle is parked in front of your own home.
If you unfortunately become a victim of theft, please contact the Mesquite Police Department as soon as possible. It is more than likely that we are already aware of similar crimes which could be related, and which we are already actively investigating.
The Mesquite Police Department also asks that if you see suspicious behavior, call our dispatch center immediately so we can respond and investigate. Our non-emergency number is 702-346-6911. If it is an emergency, dial 911. Most importantly, please have a safe and Merry Christmas!
On Sunday, November 27, a resident of the Sun City area of Mesquite reported to the police department that pieces of cubed meat had been found in his yard. The resident, aware of alleged reports of dogs in the neighborhood becoming ill, felt the meat may have been poisoned and contacted the police.
Officers collected the meat samples and the Mesquite Animal Control manager sent the samples to a lab for testing. The recently returned lab test results showed the meat had been laced with an insecticide which is moderately toxic to mammals when ingested.
The Mesquite Police Department has not received any further complaints, nor reports of sick pets in the Sun City area, and has no reason to believe there is any active danger to pets in the area.
Mesquite residents, whose pets experience unusual sickness or exhibit abnormal behavior, should first seek medical help for their pet from a veterinarian, but then notify the Mesquite Animal Control division by contacting 702-346-6911.
Citizens are urged to immediately contact the Mesquite Police Department to report suspicious or abnormal behavior so that we can promptly respond and investigate, by calling (702)346-6911. You may also contact the Mesquite Police Department crime tip line at (702)346-8826.
On December 13th, Mesquite Police Narcotics Detectives were able to conclude a lengthy drug dealing investigation which had been ongoing for many months. Their investigation involved a local Mesquite resident who was trafficking and selling methamphetamines out of her home, as well as within the Mesquite area. Detectives served a search warrant on the suspect’s home and her accomplices’ vehicle which had arrived at the residence to deliver methamphetamines. The suspect and her two accomplices were safely taken into custody by the Detectives. One of the accomplices had in his possession at the time of the search warrant a short barreled shotgun and methamphetamines, while the other accomplice was in possession of heroin.
Roberta Franco, 45, of Mesquite Nevada, was arrested and charged with: Two felony counts of trafficking a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of selling a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of offering and agreeing to sell a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of possession of a controlled substance (meth), and three misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Erick Maus-Montiel, 23, of Washington Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of possession of a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Destiny Quinn, 29, of St George Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Due to the felony charges, all three suspects were transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas Nevada.
On two separate occasions, in April and May of 2016, two females and one male suspect entered a local department store and on both occasions stole over $1000.00 worth of alcohol. On October 31, 2016, two suspects entered two separate local businesses, damaged property, and stole multiple items. Both suspects from the October 31st incident were apprehended by the Mesquite Police Department and criminally charged.
Recently a Mesquite Police Detective reviewing the alcohol thefts from April and May was able to positively identify the suspects as the same individuals apprehended and arrested in Mesquite on the October 31st incident. The Mesquite Police Department is actively seeking the two suspects from the April and May thefts as they have shown a pattern of repeatedly traveling to Mesquite to commit crimes. The Mesquite Police Department has submitted an affidavit of arrest to the Clark County District Attorney’s Office for both suspects so they may face their criminal charges and be held accountable.
Rouyona Maxey, 23, of Las Vegas Nevada, is currently wanted for two felony counts of burglary and two felony counts of grand larceny.
Ondre Glover, 29, of Las Vegas Nevada, is currently wanted for two felony counts of burglary and two felony counts of grand larceny.
If you have any knowledge about these two suspects, please contact the Mesquite Police Department at 702-346-6911, or the Mesquite crime tip line at (702) 346-8826.
On Tuesday, November 29, Mesquite Police Detectives completed their investigations into more burglary and theft investigations after determining Erik Rasmusson, was their sole suspect. The detectives’ investigations led to the locating and recovery of more stolen items including firearms and a vehicle.
The Mesquite Police Department filed the following additional criminal charges with the Clark County District Attorney’s Office on Erik Rasmusson; One felony count of burglary, one felony count of invasion of the home, one felony count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, two felony counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, and one felony count of trafficking a controlled substance (meth).
Additional charges are still forthcoming pending the completion of additional investigations regarding possible forced entry and burglary of local businesses.
It is “The most wonderful time of the year” for the Mesquite Police Department, members of Elks Lodge # 2811, and local residents and businesses as they prepare for the Mesquite Police Department’s annual Shop With a Cop event. It will be “The best Christmas ever!” for the youngsters who are carefully pre-selected based upon their needs and circumstance, and cross matched with other local giving organizations to prevent duplication of effort, to attend Shop With A Cop.
Shop With a Cop is fast paced. Children are picked up from local elementary schools and ride with officers in the patrol cars to a shopping destination. After greeting Santa, the children and their officer partners flood into the store. The search for gifts quickly turns into a game of twenty questions: “Is that a real gun? Can I touch it? Have you ever caught a bad guy?” The conversation soon relaxes and the search for the perfect gifts continues.
There is fun and laughter around every corner. Without a doubt each year there are sword fights in the aisles, a search for sparkly shoes, and a child who wants to buy a pet goldfish. There are the fast shoppers, the slow shoppers, the price checkers and even children who bring along coupons to help offset the cost of their experience. Officers are either led around the store by enthusiastic shoppers who know right where they are going or they may be standing next to a child who is staring blankly at a wall of toys.
Before they run out of energy-both the shoppers and the officers-make their way to the shoe department and then off to look for jackets and other needed clothing items. Shoppers select gifts for family members which sometimes include a small item for the family pet.
Meanwhile, the members of the Mesquite Elks’ Lodge #2811 are in full swing cooking hot dogs, chicken tenders and other kid friendly food. Mr. and Mrs. Claus take their place, pictures are taken, and the children have a quick lunch with their officer before heading back to school.
The day is fun, and it is rewarding, yet the officers are savvy and know that there will be those who will try and return the children’s gifts for cash or store credit. The police department has a strict policy that the gifts are not to be returned, unless it a clothing item to be exchanged for a different size, so at checkout every UPC code is covered with black marker at checkout by a police civilian staff member or a police volunteer.
“This is all about the kids and making a difference in their lives. As officers we see what some kids have to deal with and it is appalling. To be able to interact and connect with them in a positive circumstance can be a game changer in how they will perceive police officers in the future.
“For every happy child we see bouncing around the store our thoughts are turned in gratitude to the members of this community who make this event possible through generous donations to the Shop with a Cop program,” said Chief of Police Troy Tanner.
This heartwarming event is made possible through generous donations made by local residents, businesses, and even visitors to Mesquite. Donations to Shop With a Cop can be dropped off at the Mesquite Police Department, located at 695 Mayan Circle. Checks should be made payable to the Mesquite Police Department. For questions regarding this event please call (702) 346-5262 ext. 6152 or ext. 6155.