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Mohave 911 | Oct. 1, 2018

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office and Kingman Police Department reported the following arrests for the week of Sept. 28:


Samantha Sue Aguero


Samantha Sue Aguero, 24 of Washington, was arrested by Mohave County Sheriff’s Office deputies Friday after allegedly paying for a meal with a counterfeit $100 bill.

At about 2:50 p.m. Friday, law enforcement responded to a business in the 4700 block of Highway 95 in reference to fraud. The manager told deputies that two subjects, one male and one female, had purchased food and paid with a counterfeit $100 bill before leaving. The manager added the employee did not realize the currency was fake and gave Aguero $88 in change, and that the subjects were located by an employee and had returned to the business.

Contact was made with the subject who paid the bill, Aguero, and deputies compared the bill given to the restaurant with others found in Aguero’s wallet. MCSO reports the bills had what appeared to be Chinese writing on them in pink near the left side, and that the four bills examined all had the same serial number. The bill used by Aguero appeared to have the “Chinese writing” removed.

Aguero reportedly told deputies that she got the bills from a friend and did not know they were counterfeit. The male subject was released from the scene after a records check revealed he had no arrest warrants.

Samantha Sue Aguero was arrested for forgery/possession of a forged instrument, a felony. She was booked into Mohave County jail.


Payane Harris Berg


Skyler Lee Whalen

Aggravated assault, burglary

Payane Harris Berg, 25 of Golden Valley, and 25-year-old Kingmanite Skyler Lee Whalen were arrested by Mohave County Sheriff’s Office deputies Saturday after law enforcement received a call from the reporting party who said they could hear someone “screaming bloody murder.”

The reporting party told law enforcement she had observed two subjects and heard someone “screaming bloody murder.” Deputies learned upon arriving at the scene that a male and female had been asleep when two subjects, later identified as Berg and Whalen, forcibly entered the residence and began assaulting the male. The victim’s injuries were consistent with the allegations, MCSO reports.

Payane Harris Berg and Skyler Lee Whalen were arrested for aggravated assault and 2nd degree burglary, and booked into Mohave County jail.


Christina Lopez-Meza

Shoplifting, drug possession

Christina Lopez-Meza, 44 of California, was arrested by Mohave County Sheriff’s Office deputies Saturday on numerous charges following a report of a shoplifting in progress.

Deputies responded to a business in the 5200 block of Highway 95 at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The store’s loss prevention staff pointed law enforcement to a video of a female subject putting merchandise in her purse without paying. Contact was made with the subject, Lopez-Meza, and deputies asked to see inside her purse where they reportedly observed several items of clothing neatly folded with price tags on them.

Law enforcement also saw a syringe in the purse’s pocket, and further search revealed additional merchandise in the purse and heroin inside of another syringe. The merchandise in the purse totaled about $70.

Christina Lopez-Meza was arrested for shoplifting, narcotic drug possession and drug paraphernalia possession, all felonies, and two active arrest warrants. She was booked into Mohave County jail.


James Wayne Sawatsky

Aggravated DUI

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested James Wayne Sawatsky, 54 of Kingman, at about 7 p.m. Sunday upon observing a vehicle driving erratically near Bond Street and Northern Avenue.

Deputies observed a grey vehicle driving erratically and almost causing several collisions with other motorists. Law enforcement conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle. The driver, identified as Sawatsky, reportedly had red watery eyes and had difficulty responding to the deputy’s questions. He was asked to exit the vehicle, at which time deputies saw an almost-empty glass whiskey bottle resting on the driver’s side door handle.

MCSO reports that Sawatsky told deputies he could not complete field sobriety tests after being prompted to do so. A breath test revealed a blood-alcohol content of .192. James Wayne Sawatsky was arrested for four counts of felony aggravated DUI and booked into Mohave County jail.

Dangerous drugs, stolen vehicle

Susanne Michelle Lancaster, 29, and Laura Marie Campbell, 33, both of Washington, were arrested by the Kingman Police Department at about 12:30 p.m. Monday in connection with a stolen vehicle.

KPD officers located a stolen 2018 Chevrolet Suburban at a motel in the 3300 block of E. Andy Devine Ave on Monday, and the vehicle was connected to two females who were renting a room. Officers made contact with Lancaster and Campbell in a room where they found assorted drugs, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of jewelry.

Investigation determined that both subjects abandoned the owner of the vehicle along the highway in California on Sunday, and then drove off with a large amount of jewelry. Officers obtained and served a search warrant upon locating methamphetamine and marijuana in the motel room.

KPD reports that both women admitted involvement in the offense. Both were arrested on felony charges of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft over $1,000 and unlawful use of means of transportation. Lancaster and Campbell were booked into the Mohave County jail.


Bradley Earl Miller

Criminal damage

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested Bradley Earl Miller, 65 of Truxton, for felony criminal damage on Tuesday at approximately 5:40 p.m.

Deputies responded to a residence in the 16000 block of Iroquois Avenue in reference to a disturbance. Upon arrival, the reporting party advised deputies that a male neighbor, identified as Miller, had driven onto their property in his truck and was yelling at the victim.

The victim also stated Miller was allegedly waving something around in his hand that appeared to be a gun. When the victim advised Miller to leave, he drove off at a high rate of speed and collided with the victim’s truck causing approximately $1,500 in damage.

Deputies responded to Miller’s residence and detained him. When asked about the incident Miller allegedly became very agitated and argumentative with deputies and would not give a clear answer.

Bradley Earl Miller was arrested and booked into Mohave County Jail without incident.


Alana Marie Avelar

Drug possession

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested Alana Marie Avelar, 43 of Golden Valley, Wednesday at approximately 9:15 p.m.

Deputies responded to a business in the 5100 block of Highway 68 in reference to a shoplifting. Deputies were advised that store employees had observed a female subject enter the store with a young male child and allegedly place makeup items into her purse.

When confronted by employees the woman advised she would put the items back. The items were allegedly not returned and the woman left the store.

Employees provided deputies with a physical description of the female, the vehicle and license plate of the vehicle she left in.

While responding to the listed residence deputies observed the vehicle and a female driver that matched the description given by store employees. A traffic stop was conducted, and deputies observed the female driver making erratic movements inside the vehicle.

Deputies made contact with the driver, later identified as Avelar, and a young male child in the front passenger seat. Deputies asked Avelar to exit the vehicle and observed her making several body movements that indicated she was under the influence of an illegal substance.

A records check revealed Avelar to have two active arrest warrants and she was detained. When asked about the shoplifting incident, Avelar allegedly denied taking the items and claimed she put them back after being confronted by employees.

A second deputy arrived on scene to take the child to a family member’s home. Deputies asked Avelar if she had any illegal substances on her or in her purse, and Avelar replied she did not.

Upon arrival at the jail, a search was completed of Avelar’s purse and the search revealed methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Alana Marie Avelar was arrested for dangerous drug possession, drug paraphernalia violation, and promoting prison contraband which are all felonies. She was also arrested for a misdemeanor of shoplifting and two active arrest warrants.

She booked into Mohave County Jail without further incident.

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