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DPS arrests California couple for kidnapping and other Fourth of July crimes

DPS arrests California couple for kidnapping and other Fourth of July crimes

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The Arizona Department of Public Safety stopped two Californians with warrants for their arrest stemming from missing and endangered children outside of Flagstaff on the Fourth of July.

The action on the part of the state agency was a small part of northern Arizona law enforcement’s work over the Independence Day holiday weekend. The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office arrested many people and gave out multiple citations for DUIs, disturbing the peace and missing persons, among others.

At 3:53 p.m. on the eastbound Interstate 40 four miles past Flagstaff, an officer stopped Caitlin Marie Van Noy, 25, and Lucian Lee Harris, 29 of Redding, California for several traffic violations, according to Kameron Lee, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Once the trooper stopped the adults on the side of the interstate in their silver Chevrolet Malibu, he noticed several indicators of criminal activity.

The two were found with two young children in the car and 4.5 pounds of cannabis. Lee explained that in light of the booking charges, the children appeared to belong to the adults, but could not confirm that fact.

They were booked on charges including two counts of kidnapping and interfering with government and political function, one aggravated assault of an officer, two counts of endangerment, several drug charges, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of contempt of court.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office also conducted over 17 search and rescue, missing person actions from July 3 through 7. The weekend before their search and rescue, missing person actions totaled 6.

At 11 p.m. on July 4, Search and Rescue helped find a missing member of a group home who had been out watching fireworks at Twin Arrows. The group reportedly traveled to a forest road west of the casino and watched the fireworks show.

After the fireworks show ended, one member of the group was still missing. The subject was located several miles west of where he had last been and was in good condition.

At 2 p.m. on July 7, the sheriff’s office was called by a subject who found a man who had been stuck for two days on Mount Elden. The man had been yelling for help for two days until the reporting party heard him on Sunday afternoon.

By the time the reporting party called search and rescue, the hiker was already out of food and water.

The Search and Rescue Mountain Rescue Team responded with Flagstaff Fire Department and hiked into the area and found where the man was stranded. The team climbed up to the subject and secured him in a harness and helmet to lowered him to the base of the cliff.

The subject said he had hiked on the Elden Lookout trail to the summit and descended the canyon on the south side of Mount Elden. He became stranded when he attempted to climb out of the canyon.

Over the weekend, there were seven felony DUI arrests and 12 misdemeanor arrests. There were over 12 assaults and multiple calls from abandoned campfires, fireworks concerns and reports of smoke.

Scott Buffon can be reached at, on Twitter @scottbuffon or by phone at (928) 556-2250.


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