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Pair arrested in fireworks store robbery

The second suspect in the armed robbery of Area 51 Fireworks on Halloween was arrested in Henderson.

Cassandra Port, 28, was arrested Monday night on a Nye County robbery warrant by Henderson Police Department on Monday evening during a routine traffic stop and booked into that city’s jail.

Jacob Porter, 24, was arrested after a robbery at gunpoint at the Highway 372 business on Halloween night sent an employee to the hospital.

At 8:56 p.m. on Saturday, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from an employee at the store reporting a robbery in progress.

Deputies and detectives responded immediately and learned that a man and a woman held up the cashier at gunpoint, took the money from the store’s register and eventually fled the store on foot.

Based on a clothing description of the suspects and the reported general direction in which they had fled, deputies located the man, later identified as Porter, running from the scene. Deputies ordered Porter to stop but he decided to resist and continued running. Deputies nevertheless apprehended him and the subsequent investigation confirmed that Porter had indeed been one of the two suspects involved in the armed robbery of the business.

He was taken into custody and later booked at the Nye County Detention Center in Pahrump.

Porter has been preliminarily charged with robbery with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a deadly weapon, kidnapping and conspiracy to commit kidnapping, battery with substantial bodily harm, burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary, petit larceny and conspiracy to commit petit larceny, resisting a public officer, and destruction of evidence.

During the investigation, it was learned that the suspects attempted to force the cashier to the back office portion of the store, at which point a second employee intervened and became severely injured during an altercation with the suspects.

The injured employee was treated at Desert View Hospital and released.

What charges will be filed against Port were not known by presstime.

The store’s owners had offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to Port’s arrest.

Contact editor Arnold M. Knightly at aknightly@pvtimes.com. Find him on Twitter: @KnightlyGrind

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