Canadian arrested in Beatty
Lea Meng Che, age 29 of Brampton, Ontario was arrested Friday. According to the Nye County Sheriffs Department, Che is facing several felony charges. Che is being held on suspicion of battery with a deadly weapon, possession of stolen property, grand larceny of a motor vehicle, making threats or conveying false information concerning terrorism or weapons of mass destruction.
The Nye County Sheriffs department release the following statement:
June 19th, 2015 at approximately 1200 hours deputies responded from Beatty Nevada to a report of a stolen vehicle that was heading south on US95 toward lathrope wells. The victim, 46 year old Carrie Radomski and local resident of Beatty Nevada, was reporting she had been struck by the vehicle when the suspect stole it from her.
Deputies and local residents of Beatty located the stolen vehicle and the suspect, Lea Meng Che near MM 34 on US95. He was taken into custody without incident.
When Detectives interviewed Mrs. Radomski it was learned that the suspect had flagged her down near Revert’s tire shop in Beatty claiming vehicle problems. Mrs.Radomski offered to give the suspect a short ride to the tire shop as she knows the owner. When she exited her vehicle she left it running and motioned for the suspect to get out and come with her into the shop. She then saw the suspect slide over to the driver seat. She reacted by trying to run back toward the driver side of her truck and the suspect then accelerated and struck her with the truck fleeing the area and heading south out of Beatty where he was later apprehended by NSCO.
The suspect after being arrested allegedly made many spontaneous statements about stealing vehicles in Las Vegas. Deputies later confirmed (through LVMPD) that the vehicle he was allegedly standing next to when he flagged Mrs. Radomski down was stolen from Las Vegas. Deputies and Detectives also confirmed (through LVMPD) that he had allegedly stolen another vehicle before stealing this one he drove to Beatty. Lea Meng Che allegedly stated that he had luggage still at the airport (Mccarran) that had contents that would “harm a lot of people there”. It is unclear at the time of this press release when he had exactly arrived in Las Vegas but did say he had a boarding pass which was confirmed with that pass still on his person for June 19th 2015 at 1140 hours. Che also had a passport on him listing his address in Canada along with several denominations of canadian currencey on his person.
Due to the alleged statements made by Che and his alleged mutli- jurisdictional felony crime spree he was involved in, the Las Vegas Metro anti terrorist team was notified and responded to assistance with the investigation. Ontario’s Peel Police department was also contacted in regards to Mr. Che as well as interpol for any possible information on Che as he has no criminal history in US until now. This case is on going and further information regarding the validity of possible weapons of mass destruction (WMD) utterences from the suspect will be be released as soon as information becomes available.
Che remains in custody.
cover photo, Lea Meng Che, photo courtesy of the Nye County Sheriffs department.