Girlfriend of KFC robbery suspect arrested

Local police have arrested the girlfriend of a potentially violent suspect in the armed robbery of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

However, the search continues for Donald R. McFadden, who police describe as potentially armed and dangerous.

Stacie Ann Johnson was arrested in the Pahrump area at approximately noon Thursday by Nye County Sheriff’s detectives and deputies, Sheriff Tony DeMeo said.

Johnson was charged with felony charges of accessory after the fact, and harboring a felon, concealing or aiding such such an offender with the intent that the offender may avoid or escape from arrest, trial, conviction or punishment having knowledge that such offender has committed a felony.

She was booked into Nye County Detention Center and is being held on $5,000 bail.

A nationwide warrant for the arrest of local resident McFadden has been issued for the Oct. 12 armed robbery of the KFC on State Route 372. Police believe he is still in the Pahrump area.

Johnson, who police believe is in a dating relationship with the suspect, was sought as a person of interest likely traveling with McFadden.

Detective Eric Murphy said earlier this week that police believe “McFadden recently committed an act of domestic violence against Johnson, with injuries to Johnson sending her to the hospital for treatment.”

McFadden has had numerous run-ins with local police. He was arrested in October 2013 on charges of driver disobey peace officer, reckless driving, suspended vehicle registration, failure to yield and two counts of position method of stop at stop sign.

In 2008, he was charged with being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, possession of meth, possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Detectives said the Kentucky Fried Chicken at Highway 372 just west of Highway 160 was robbed by two armed men just after 10 p.m., on Oct. 12.

McFadden has many identifiable tattoos, including a swastika on his left elbow, “FTW” on his neck; devil horns on the top of his head, teardrops below his right eye and words over each eyebrow.

The sheriff’s office asks that anyone knowing the location of the subjects please call detectives at 775 751-7000 or email to

The search for McFadden comes after two suspects linked to the robbery, which reportedly yielded about $3,800, were arrested Oct. 24 following an anonymous tip.

The Nye County Sheriff’s Office is withholding information on the arrest while they search for McFadden, who they believe to be armed and potentially violent.

Police did not say if the suspects or McFadden have been linked to the three armed robberies at two Horizon Markets in the past month. Soon after the KFC was robbed, a Horizon Market less than a mile west of the restaurant was robbed at gunpoint.

The Horizon Market at 2030 Bell Vista Ave., was robbed at gunpoint Sept. 30 and Oct. 17.

Pahrump Valley Times reporter Selwyn Harris contributed to this article.

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