LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – According to an arrest report, an armed, juvenile suspect reportedly fled Las Vegas police in a stolen Kia last November.

Nine officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department are named in the Nov. 26, 2023 arrest report for Deandre Williams, 16. A marked patrol unit received a call just after 5:30 p.m. that day regarding an “occupied and mobile stolen vehicle.”

The vehicle was identified as a 2019 Kia Sorrento and a plate reader scanned its California license plate at an intersection. An LVMPD air unit in the area was also assigned to the call.

The air unit located the car near the intersection of Smoke Ranch Rd. and Buffalo Dr., traveling northbound toward Cheyenne Ave. The vehicle continued heading west and north to Soaring Gulls Dr.

Police met the stolen vehicle at a commercial parking lot on the 8300 block of W. Cheyenne. When the stolen Kia pulled into a grocery store parking space, police initiated emergency lights and sirens and attempted to make contact.

Police said the passenger door opened and a black male juvenile exited the vehicle. He immediately saw the police and attempted to get back in the Kia, but it pulled out of the parking lot and left the suspect behind.

The vehicle proceeded south through the parking lot while the juvenile fled on foot. The LVMPD air unit continued following the stolen vehicle while officers pursued the suspect on foot.

That suspect, later verbally identified as Williams, ran through the parking lot for approximately 150 yards until he turned south and headed toward Cheyenne. As he reached that point, police said he “began digging through the front pocket of his hoodie sweatshirt” and produced a black handgun.

Police said that Williams ignored verbal commands to drop the weapon and stop running. The suspect reached a cinderblock wall leading to a flood channel, and the arrest report said that he dropped the gun into a bush before jumping over the wall.

Williams was apprehended and taken into custody shortly after that. The air unit saw the stolen car strike another vehicle on Cheyenne as it was “evading police, causing damage to both vehicles,” according to the report.

The Kia’s remaining occupants then reportedly got out of the car without placing it in park and fled south, through a wash and into a nearby apartment complex. The air unit directed officers on the ground to the location of one of the other suspects who fled and he was taken into custody.

Investigators observed that the Kia had damage to its front bumper and the steering column had been “ripped from its original position.” The ignition was allegedly punched with a screwdriver found on the driver’s side floorboard.

“A screwdriver is a common tool used to gain access to internal mechanisms to be able to turn a vehicle on when a key isn’t available or to force a vehicle to turn on,” the police report noted.

Williams declined to speak to police and was taken to the Clark County Juvenile Hall.


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