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Criminal Damage Mohave Valley

Written by The Bee

June 28, 2019

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June 28, 2019


Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested Richard Anderson Jr., 21 of Lake Havasu City, for 2nd Degree Burglary, 3rd Degree Burglary, Criminal Damage, Armed Robbery, Taking Identity of Another, 2nd Degree Escape, Drug Paraphernalia Possession, all felonies, and two active arrest warrants. On Wednesday (6/26) at approximately at approximately 4:22 PM, deputies responded to a call of a shoplifting at a business in the 10000 block of Highway 95. Deputies arrived and made contact with the reporting party, who advised a male subject, later identified as Anderson, had come into the business and taken some items without paying for them. Anderson then exited his store and entered the neighboring business. The victim of the second business advised that Anderson placed an order for food, but advised he forgot his wallet and exited the business. Anderson then re-entered the business and attempted to walk behind the counter. Anderson then grabbed the tip jar from the counter and attempted to leave the business. When confronted by the employees, Anderson proceeded to grab at something in his waistband and the victims believed Anderson had a weapon. Anderson then exited the store and fled on foot. All victims gave a physical description of a young Native American Male, wearing a white tank top and grey shorts, with a bandana on his head. While en route to the call, deputies passed a male subject on Vacation Dr. matching the physical description, and remembered seeing the male subject carrying a TV.

Deputies returned to the area where he had observed the male subject, and made contact with Anderson in the 1300 block of Vacation Dr. sitting on the front porch of the residence. Anderson gave deputies a false name and a pat search revealed a medical marijuana card for an unknown male subject, a marijuana pipe, two cell phones, a money bag, and several other items. Deputies also removed a pry bar from his waistband. Deputies detained Anderson and returned to the businesses, where the victims positively identified him as the suspect. Once Anderson was advised he was under arrest, he began threatening deputies. Deputies placed Anderson inside their patrol vehicle, then returned inside the business to conduct interviews. A patron later entered the business and advised that Anderson was kicking the deputy’s car door. Deputies observed the door to his patrol vehicle was bent outward, and removed Anderson from the vehicle to await a transport van. Anderson began threatening the deputy again, and advised deputies of his real name. A records check revealed Anderson to have active warrants and Anderson continued to act belligerent towards deputies and passing customers until he was placed in the jail transport van. Richard Anderson Jr. was transported to Mohave County Adult Detention Center without further incident.

Deputies responded to the address for the male subject listed on the medical marijuana card, which was a short distance away from the businesses. Deputies made contact with the male, who advised he had returned home and found several items from his residence were missing, to include the TV deputies originally observed Anderson carrying. The items listed as stolen matched the items located on Anderson, including the two phones, and the money bag. The items were returned to the victim and deputies observed the stolen tip jar inside the residence. This investigation is ongoing.

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