71°F
weather icon Clear

Canadian arrested near Beatty after stealing vehicle, terrorism threats

A Canadian man was arrested Friday near Beatty and accused of stealing three vehicles, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office said.

Lea Meng Che, 29, then told detectives he left luggage at McCarran International Airport with “contents that would harm a lot of people there.”

It wasn’t clear late Friday night if the threat was credible.

The man was preliminarily charged with felony counts of making threats or conveying false information concerning terrorism or weapons of mass destruction, battery with a deadly weapon, two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle and grand larceny.

He was being held in the Nye County Detention Center on $22,000 bond.

The incident in Beatty started when Che flagged down town secretary Carrie Radomski around noon claiming he was having car troubles. The 46-year-old Radomski offered to take him to her friend’s tire shop.

When the woman exited the truck, Che slid over and began to leave, striking the woman when she tried stopping him.

Nye County Sheriff’s deputies and Beatty residents located the Radomski’s vehicle with Che on U.S. Highway 95 a short time later, where he was arrested without incident. While in custody, he made “spontaneous statements” about stealing cars in Las Vegas, police said.

According to police, Che allegedly made the statement about the luggage at McCarran at that time. A boarding pass was found on him with a Friday time of 11:40 a.m.

Che also had a passport on him listing his address in Canada along with several denominations of Canadian currency on his person.

Due to the alleged statements made by Che and his multi-jurisdictional felony crime spree he was involved in, the Las Vegas Metro anti-terrorist team was notified and responded in assistance with the investigation. Ontario’s Peel Police department was also contacted as well as Interpol for any possible information on Che as he has no criminal history in U.S.

This case is ongoing and further information regarding the validity of possible weapons of mass destruction utterences from the suspect will be be released as soon as information becomes available.

Che is facing other charges, including one felony count of battery with a deadly weapon, two felony counts of auto theft and one count of grand larceny.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
McConnell vowed to push Court nominee, but might not have votes

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, vowed to hold a vote on a replacement for deceased Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but the big question is whether he has the votes to confirm a justice only six weeks before the presidential election.

Regents name Sandoval next president of UNR

The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents on Thursday announced the appointment of former Gov. Brian Sandoval at the University of Nevada, Reno’s next president.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at the age of 87

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday from complications from cancer, the Supreme Court announced.

Searchers find deceased hiker in Death Valley

A team of Death Valley National Park rangers and an Inyo County sheriff deputy located a deceased hiker on the morning of Sept. 7 roughly a mile from the Zabriskie Point trailhead.

Nevada reports 501 new cases of COVID-19

Nevada reported 501 new cases of COVID-19, COVID-19 Response Director Caleb Cage and Deputy Administrator of Community Health Services Julia Peek announced Friday at their daily teleconference with the media.

Hundreds remember Dusty Park at Pahrump Valley Speedway

It was billed as a Celebration of Life for Dusty Park, and much of the afternoon felt like a celebration. There was laughter and sharing stories among the several hundred people who gathered Sunday at Pahrump Valley Speedway to remember him.

Local RSVP program still active despite COVID-19

The Nevada Rural Counties Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in Pahrump is looking for a few good men and women to help provide services to area seniors.

Attorneys general enlisted in fight against youth suicide

Forty attorneys general across the nation, including Nevada’s Aaron Ford, are working with the Jason Foundation as ambassadors to address the public health issue of youth and young adult suicide.

Highway 160 southbound closed by morning crash

No serious injuries were reported following a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of state Route 160 and 372, just before 8:30 a.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 16.