Richard Anderson Jr. (Photo: MCSO)
MOHAVE VALLEY – Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested Richard Anderson Jr., 21 of Lake Havasu City on multiple felonies, and two active arrest warrants.
According to the Sheriff’s Office on June 26, 2019 around 4:22 PM, deputies responded to a call of a shoplifter at a business in the 10000 block of Highway 95. Deputies arrived and contacted the reporting party, who advised a male subject, who deputies later identified as Anderson, had come into the business and taken some items without paying for them.
Anderson then exited the store and entered another neighboring business. The victim of the second business advised that Anderson placed an order for food, but advised he forgot his wallet and exited the business. Anderson then re-entered the business and attempted to walk behind the counter. Anderson then grabbed the tip jar from the counter and attempted to leave the business. When confronted by employees, Anderson proceeded to grab at something in his waistband and the victims believed Anderson had a weapon. Anderson then exited the store and fled on foot.
According to deputies all the victims gave a physical description of a young Native American Male, wearing a white tank top and grey shorts, with a bandana on his head. While heading to the call, deputies passed a male subject on Vacation Dr. matching the physical description and remembered seeing the male subject carrying a TV.
Deputies returned to the area where he had observed the male subject and made contact with Anderson in the 1300 block of Vacation Dr. According to deputies Anderson gave deputies a false name and a search revealed a medical marijuana card for an unknown male subject along with a marijuana pipe. Deputies also removed a pry bar from his waistband.
Deputies detained Anderson and returned to the businesses, where the victims positively identified him as the suspect. Once Anderson was advised he was under arrest, he began threatening deputies. Deputies placed Anderson inside their patrol vehicle, then returned inside the business to conduct interviews. A patron later entered the business and advised that Anderson was kicking the deputy’s car door. Deputies observed the door to his patrol vehicle was bent outward and removed Anderson from the vehicle to await a transport van. Anderson began threatening the deputy again and advised deputies of his real name. A record check revealed Anderson had active warrants and continued to act belligerent towards deputies and passing customers until he was placed in the jail transport van.
Richard Anderson Jr. was transported to Mohave County Adult Detention Center without further incident.
Deputies responded to the address for the male subject listed on the medical marijuana card, which was a short distance away from the businesses. Deputies contacted the man, who advised he had returned home and found several items from his residence were missing, to include the TV deputies originally observed Anderson carrying. The items listed as stolen matched the items located on Anderson, including the two phones, and a money bag. The items were returned to the victim.
The investigation is ongoing.