NP Police Nab Two Fugitives with One Traffic Stop

Posted 6 months ago

By Scott Carlson

Two North Platte woman have been jailed on warrants following a traffic stop.

According to Officer Rodney Brown, at around 1:30 a.m. on Friday, an officer on patrol witnessed a silver Pontiac Grand Prix without license plates and initiated a traffic stop near 2nd Street and Cottonwood Avenue.

The officer did observe that the vehicle had in-transit tags, but they were expired.

Contact was made with the driver, 41-year-old Latonya Alexander, aka Tyan, aka Campbell.

The officer discovered that Tyan had an active Lincoln County warrant for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Brown said the officer also suspected that Tyan may be under the influence of alcohol and conducted a DUI investigation, which determined that she was not intoxicated.

A Lincoln County Deputy and K9 were then summoned to the scene and conducted a sniff search of the vehicle.  The K9 indicated that the odor of narcotics was present in the vehicle.

A subsequent search revealed drug paraphernalia commonly used to smoke marijuana and trace amounts of marijuana.

Tyan was jailed on the warrant and cited for no proof of ownership, expired in-transits, no valid registration, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Brown said officers also had probable cause to arrest a passenger in Tyan’s car, 27-year-old Trisha Willimas, for theft.

Brown said the probable cause stemmed from a theft complaint filed on April 15, by the staff of Premier Rental Purchase, 105 North Jeffers.  Staff at Premier Rental alleged that Williams rented approximately $2,300 worth of electronics, then attempted to pawn them.

After an employee contacted Williams to return the items, she failed to do so and law enforcement was contacted.

Williams was also jailed on a charge of felony theft by deception.