Kidnap suspect, runaway teen nabbed in Arizona

Travis Farmer, 20, and Kanyon Nicely, 15, were arrested by Hoover Dam Federal Police, ending a search that began Tuesday in Pagosa Springs.

According to local law enforcement authorities, the duo left the area in a stolen pickup truck some time in the early hours of Nov. 18. Bulletins were released throughout the region to law enforcement agencies and media outlets.

Thursday morning, the truck stolen in Pagosa Springs was discovered at a helipad at Diamond Bar, Ariz., near Hoover Dam. Another vehicle was discovered missing from the site. Information on that vehicle was dispersed to law enforcement agencies and a witness was interviewed who saw the fugitives leaving the site in the newly stolen vehicle.

At the same time, the FBI was preparing a federal warrant for Farmer on charges of Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution.

The second stolen vehicle then ran out of fuel at Hoover Dam and was left in a maintenance yard at the dam, the fugitives leaving the scene on foot.

A short time later, Farmer and Nicely were contacted by Hoover Dam Federal Police on a welfare check. The two reportedly gave the authorities false names and information, but those authorities eventually obtained Nicely’s name, tracked the name to a Pagosa warrant, then made the connection with an arrest warrant for Farmer — a warrant issued by Archuleta County Court Judge Jim Denvir Tuesday, with a charge of 2nd degree kidnapping.

The suspects were arrested by the federal police. Farmer will be transported to a Las Vegas jail. Nicely will be held until her parents make transportation arrangements.

According to local authorities, Farmer will be brought soon before a magistrate in Las Vegas for an extradition hearing. At that time, the suspect can waive extradition and be transported back to Archuleta County, or he can choose to fight the extradition, requiring local authorities to obtain a governor’s warrant to expedite his return.