Minot robbery suspect is jailed in Vegas

A 28-year-old Minot man facing multiple felony charges in Minot including robbery is being held on other charges in Clark County, Nev., according to the Ward County Sheriff’s Office.

Jose Victor Gonzalez will eventually be extradited back to Ward County to face charges here. The sheriff’s office received notification last month that he is being held in Nevada.

Gonzalez, who has a prior felony conviction for drug charges in Las Vegas, is accused of robbing a man at gunpoint on Dec. 29, 2016 in Minot.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, a man was robbed at gunpoint by two black males between 11th Street and 11th Avenue NW. The alleged victim sustained a bloody head wound and several small cuts on his hands during the attack. He managed to wrestle the gun away from the gunman and then followed them in his car while he called police. The man identified the gunman as someone called “Zay.” Police also took possession of the semiautomatic pistol allegedly used in the attack.

The alleged victim pointed out the direction the suspect vehicle had gone, but police lost track of it. They arrested Gonzalez shortly afterwards when he was found hiding under a deck at a house in the 2800 block of 1st Avenue NW. Police could not find anyone else at the scene.

Police searched Gonzalez and found methamphetamine in baggies and 30 pills in an unmarked prescription pill bottle. Seven of the pills turned out to be zolpidem tartrate, a Schedule IV drug. They also found marijuana and $1,265 in cash.

Gonzalez is charged with robbery, a Class B felony, fleeing from police, a Class C felony, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, both Class C felonies, and felon in possession of a firearm, a Class C felony.

A warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to make a court appearance in Minot on the charges.

– Andrea Johnson