Wednesday February 18, The Mesquite Police Department’s Investigative Services Division assisted Nevada Parole and Probation in conducting an investigation into a known sex offender. The investigation involved searching several computers and electronic devices. The computers belonged to a Mesquite resident who is currently on supervised parole and is a registered sex offender. The computers contained numerous images and videos depicting incest and the sexual exploitation of children.
The registered sex offender, Timothy Lairby, 71, is currently in custody at the Clark County Detention Center. The Mesquite Police Department has initiated a new criminal investigation into multiple felony charges. These charges are related to the possession of presentations depicting the sexual exploitation of children (NRS 200.730). At this time, the Mesquite Police Department does not have any evidence that local children are involved or are victims. Mr. Lairby will remain in custody until the criminal investigation is completed, at which point the Mesquite Police Department anticipates filing the new charges.
Thursday, February 26, Police Officers were able to locate and arrest their suspect involved in multiple residential burglaries. For the past few months, the Mesquite Police Department’s Investigative Services Division has been involved in a lengthy investigation involving multiple burglaries. The suspect is currently in custody and has been identified as being responsible for numerous residential burglaries. All of these burglaries have occurred within the Mesquite City area.
The suspect, Mesquite resident Cameron Hill, 33, has been charged with numerous felony counts of Burglary of a residence.
Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner commended the community and his police officers for their collaborative effort; “The police department has been able to continually work hard and receive new and updated information related to the rash in home burglaries thanks to citizens keeping a constant watch on their neighborhoods and calling the police department whenever they observe suspicious activity.” Chief Tanner added, “It is due to this teamwork between the community and police department that our burglary suspect is now in custody.”
Tuesday February 10, at around 3:40 pm, Mesquite Police Officers were dispatched to a vehicle accident involving a pedestrian in the area of Riverside Road. The pedestrian, a 15 year old male juvenile, was transported to Mesa View Regional Hospital by Mesquite Fire & Rescue with non life-threatening injuries.
Officers completed a traffic accident investigation as well as collected statements from multiple witnesses. Officers were able to determine the pedestrian had failed to yield the right-of-way to a vehicle, and had attempted to run across Riverside Road in a location where there is no traffic-control devices or marked crosswalks. Unfortunately the pedestrian did not see the vehicle as it approached and was hit when he ran in front of it.Nevada law (NRS 484B.287) allows for pedestrians to cross a roadway at intersections which have official traffic-control devices or at marked crosswalks. The Police Department would like to emphasize the importance of pedestrians using the multiple marked crosswalks and controlled intersections available to them. It is also just as important to look both ways for oncoming traffic before crossing. This was an unfortunate accident, and we wish all those involved a speedy recovery.
Mesquite, NV – Police Chief Troy Tanner participated in Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s Law Enforcement Summit, which brought together district attorneys, sheriffs and chiefs from all counties in Nevada, to discuss collaboration of effort to combat crime.
Chief Tanner is actively engaged in issues affecting law enforcement across the state as Secretary of the Executive Board of Directors for the Nevada Sheriffs’ and Chiefs’ Association and a member of the Nevada Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission. Chief Tanner recognizes the importance of working collaboratively across county lines to better serve and protect Nevada residents.
Saturday, February 1, Mesquite Police Dispatch received a call from a motorist traveling on I-15 regarding a reckless driver who was possibly impaired. Mesquite Police Officers located the reckless vehicle as it exited the interstate onto Pioneer Blvd in Mesquite. The police officers were able to conduct a traffic stop and begin a DUI investigation with the driver. While the officers were investigating the incident, the driver attempted to put multiple pills into his mouth and flee the scene on foot. After a struggle with the driver, the police officers were able to safely take the driver into custody. The officers subsequently searched the driver and his vehicle and located heroin, prescription medications, and drug paraphernalia.
Due to the driver having swallowed an unknown amount of drugs and medication while he was attempting to flee from the police officers, he was immediately transported to Mesa View Regional Hospital for an evaluation. After being medically evaluated, the driver was transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center.
The driver, Las Vegas resident James Michael Cruz, 35, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance (heroin), felony possession of a controlled substance for sales, felony possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest.
In recent months, Mesquite has experienced an increase in residential burglaries. Throughout the last five months investigators from the Mesquite Police Department have responded to and are actively investigating 30 residential burglaries.
The Mesquite Police Department wants to remind citizens to take extra precautions around their homes, to help keep your neighborhoods from becoming easy targets of burglars. The best deterrents for would-be burglars are to keep your homes and vehicles locked. Secure windows and sliding glass doors with after-market locking mechanisms. Make sure your home has good exterior lighting or motion sensitive lighting on the front and back of your home. If possible, an alarm system and / or video surveillance will assist in keeping your home from being burglarized. It is also advisable to notify trusted neighbors and leave them with your contact information if you plan on being away from your home for an extended period of time.
If you have any information regarding the suspects involved, or information which would assist the police department with their investigation, please contact the Mesquite Police Department crime tip line at (702) 346-8826. If you witness suspicious persons or activity in progress, please call the Mesquite Police Department Communications Center at (702) 346-6911 or dial 911 and a police officer will promptly respond.
On Wednesday, January 28, the Mesquite Police Investigative Services Division (Narcotics Detectives) concluded a lengthy investigation into the sales and trafficking of controlled substances involving multiple suspects within the Mesquite area. At around 5:00 p.m., the Mesquite Police S.W.A.T. team executed a search warrant at a Mesquite residence, resulting in five adults being arrested and the recovery of illegal drugs, controlled substances, and drug paraphernalia.
Fred Booth, 30, was arrested and charged with: Five felony counts of sales of a controlled substance, five felony counts of trafficking a controlled substance, seven felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, and two felony counts of sales of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school.
Marcus Twist, 31, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of sales of a controlled substance, one felony count of possession of a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Ryan Bradley, 29, was arrested and charged with: Two felony counts of sales of a controlled substance and two felony counts of trafficking a controlled substance.
Katarina Brummett, 19, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of possession of a schedule 1 and schedule 2 controlled substance.
Erik Baltazar-Valdez, 26, was not at the residence during the execution of the search warrant. Erik was however later located, arrested and charged with: Three felony counts of sales of a controlled substance, and one felony count of sales of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school.Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner commented on the investigation; “I commend the Investigative Services Division for their dedication to combating the illegal drug issues within our city. The professionalism in which our detectives and our S.W.A.T. team conducted themselves is a testament to our Police Department’s commitment to keep our community safe.”
Mesquite Police Officers were dispatched to an armed robbery at the Terrible Herbst convenience store, located at 810 W Mesquite Boulevard Sunday, January 25, 2015 at approximately 8:30 pm.
Once the armed suspect left the store the frightened clerk was able to call 911. Officers promptly responded securing the scene and canvassing the area in search for the armed suspect. Mesquite Police detectives were called to the store, where they commenced a thorough investigation. Evidence was collected from the scene and the Mesquite Investigative Services Division is currently actively following up on multiple leads.
The Mesquite Police Department is seeking assistance from the community in identifying the suspect. The suspect is described as a white male adult approximately 5-06 or 5-07 and weighing approximately 160-180 lbs. The suspect was wearing a black ski mask, blue bandanna, black sweat shirt, pink undershirt, dark jeans, and brown boots. The suspect was also in possession of a black semi-automatic handgun. Surveillance photos of the suspect entering and leaving the store are attached to this release below.
If you have any information regarding the suspect involved in the armed robbery or any information which can assist the Mesquite Police Department with the investigation, please call the Mesquite Police investigations 24 hour crime tip line (702) 346-8826.
Monday, January 27, 2015 Mesquite Police Officers and Detectives arrested and charged 21 year old Mesquite resident, Colton Miller for robbery with a deadly weapon and burglary. Miller confessed to investigators informing them he was intoxicated during the commission of the crime. The weapon used during the crime was located and identified as an air soft gun. The black ski mask Miller used to cover his face was also located and taken as evidence
Saturday January 24, Mesquite police officers were dispatched to a local residence, reference a home invasion. The adult female victim informed officers that three unknown black males entered her residence through an unlocked rear sliding glass door. The men carried firearms and wore long sleeve clothing; latex gloves, and had on bandanas to cover their faces. The female and the two other family members who were home at the time were bound with duct tape. The three men searched the home, stole items which included: illegal narcotics and cash. The three offenders then fled the scene.
The female adult victim was able to free herself and run to the neighbor’s home where she called police. Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the offenders. Mesquite Police detectives responded to the scene and discovered narcotics were being grown inside the residence. This case is currently under investigation. If you have any information reference the case please call the Mesquite Police investigations crime tip line (702) 346-8826.
Mesquite, NV – Tuesday January 20, Mesquite police officers were called to a local residence, reference a battery with a deadly weapon. At the home, officers located a male adult victim who had been attacked. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to the local hospital.
At the same residence, officers located five suspects who were involved in the battery. Following an execution of a search warrant; narcotics paraphernalia, marijuana, methamphetamine, and a hand gun were discovered inside the residence. The investigation resulted in all five individuals being arrested and charged with felonies.
Mesquite resident, Sirena Abbott, 34, was charged with: kidnapping with a deadly weapon, burglary, robbery, intimidating a witness and sales of a controlled substance; methamphetamine.
Mesquite resident, Michael Brannigan, 38, was charged with: kidnapping with a deadly weapon, burglary, robbery, intimidating a witness and battery with a deadly weapon.
Mesquite resident, Christopher Mora, 40, was charged with: kidnapping with a deadly weapon, burglary, robbery, intimidating a witness and battery with a deadly weapon.
Mesquite resident, Jeffrey Hillier, 37, was charged with: kidnapping with a deadly weapon, burglary, robbery, intimidating a witness and battery with a deadly weapon.
Mesquite resident, Katherine Pohlmeier, 31, was charged with: kidnapping with a deadly weapon, burglary, robbery, and intimidating a witness.
All five perpetrators were booked into Clark County Detention Center, located in Las Vegas, Nevada.