76°F
weather icon Clear

Crime Corner

COPS: Man arrested in Facebook sex sting

Police have arrested yet another person for allegedly trying to lure a minor to have sex with him through the social media site Facebook.

Matrix Walker, 26, was arrested on April 26 for one count of luring a child after police said he allegedly agreed to meet a female Facebook user who identified herself as being 14 to engage in sexual activities.

According to a declaration of arrest in the case, Nye County Sheriff’s deputies began investigating Walker’s conversation with the female around 8 a.m the morning of his arrest.

In their conversation police say Walker acknowledged the female’s young age and even expressed concern that the girl may actually be a cop conducting an online sting.

Despite those fears, Walker allegedly agreed to meet the female at Pathways after she sneaked out of her home.

When deputies arrived at Pathways, located near the intersection of West and Long streets, they said they observed Walker arrive on his bicycle, at which time he was placed under arrest.

During a subsequent interview, Walker allegedly told police he was there to meet a girl and gave them the name of the female Facebook user he had been chatting with.

Police say Walker then further admitted to knowing the girl he was supposed to meet was a minor and that the intentions were sexual in nature.

“I didn’t want to have sex though, just her,” Walker allegedly told police.

Walker was later booked into the Nye County Detention Center on the charge, where he remained in custody as of Thursday morning.

COPS: Woman arrested after kicking deputy

Police arrested one woman last Saturday after she allegedly kicked a deputy when officers tried to restrain her while investigating a report of a possible DUI.

According to an arrest report in the case, on April 26, around 5:45 p.m., deputies received a report of a possible DUI in the parking lot of Burger King. The reporting party said two females who had been sitting in a black Hyundai appeared to be drinking in the vehicle.

When the officers arrived on scene, they paged the vehicle’s occupants to the front of the store to speak with them. Both women, including the passenger identified as Keana Gordon, allegedly admitted to drinking beer in the car.

The women were then escorted out of the store where one of the deputies on scene attempted to explain open container laws to them.

As the officer was explaining why they couldn’t have open alcohol containers in the car, Gordon allegedly became very upset. When another officer attempted to detain her in handcuffs, Gordon allegedly began to resist the officer’s attempts by pulling away from him. After the officers were able to restrain her, Gordon then allegedly kicked a deputy standing behind her in the shin.

Gordon was then placed under arrest for battery on a protected person/peace officer, resisting a public officer and open container in a vehicle and transported to the local jail to be booked into custody.

COPS: Man arrested for slashing tires

One man was arrested last weekend after police say he slashed a woman’s truck tires in the Paddy’s Pub parking lot to get back at her for reportedly spreading rumors about him.

On April 26, around 3:17 a.m., a deputy was dispatched to the establishment for a report that someone’s tires had been flattened.

When the officer arrived, she made contact with the woman who owned the red GM pickup truck. The victim then showed the deputy several puncture marks in each of her tires.

She then told the officer another patron had told her they believe they saw a man named Gary Costaayres Jr. near her truck and striking at the truck’s tires shortly before she walked outside.

Later that day the investigating deputy was able to review surveillance footage from Mountain View Casino, which alleged showed a man matching Costaayres’ description striking the woman’s tires.

The deputy then made contact with Costaayres at a residence on Horn Road to question him about the alleged incident.

During their interview, Costaayres allegedly admitted he was mad at the woman who owned the truck for reportedly spreading rumors about him and that he wanted to get back at her.

Costaayers was arrested for break/tamper with motor vehicle with damage between $250-$2,500 and destroying property of another with damages between $250-$5,000 and transported to the local jail to be booked into custody.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
COVID-19 contact tracing attracts scammers

Contact tracing can help stop the spread of COVID-19, and a contact tracer from the health department might call if you have been exposed. But scammers are pretending to be contact tracers, and residents should be wary.

Blood donors can learn COVID-19 antibody status

Vitalant, the first national blood bank to test all blood donations for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, is heading to Pahrump for a blood drive. All donors will receive a COVID-19 antibody test with each successful donation.

Red Cross seeks volunteers to help during wildfire season

As large fires, including the Poeville, Mahogany and Numbers fires, have affected hundreds of people as hot, dry, windy conditions have taken hold, the American Red Cross is looking for volunteers.

State’s initial unemployment claims rise 12.4% last week

Finalized data from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation show initial claims for unemployment insurance totaled 12,484 for the week ending July 4, up 1,374 claims, or 12.4 percent, compared to last week’s total of 11,110.

Exposure forces closure of Pahrump Justice Court

The Pahrump Justice Court announced Monday that it will be closed effective Tuesday, July 7 because of a COVID-19 exposure.

Tax deadline coming up on July 15

The IRS is reminding taxpayers who have yet to file that IRS.gov has tools and services to help them meet their tax obligations. The deadline is Wednesday, July 15.

Bars closed again in Nye, 6 other Nevada counties

Nye County was one of seven Nevada counties affected when the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services announced the elevated disease transmission criteria for determining whether a county must revert to Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan for bars.

Appreciation Picnic honors Pahrump’s and Nye’s first responders

With red, white and blue decorations gracing tables, American flags and banners lining the fence and snapping in the breeze, balloons floating in the air and big smiles at the ready, area residents came together last week to honor the men and women who take on the duties of first responders for not just Pahrump but the entire county of Nye.

Pahrump pool season sinks amid lack of lifeguards

After the announcement that the 2020 Pahrump Community Pool season had been scrapped because of a lack of staffing applicants and the subsequent push to get more locals to apply for one one of the open positions that followed, the town of Pahrump was hoping that this year’s pool season would be saved.