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8/7/2014 2:28:00 PM
BREAKING NEWS: Second armed robbery suspect arrested in Ehrenberg
Michael Nopah
Michael Nopah
Special to the Times

EHRENBERG, Ariz. - On August 7, 2014 at approximately 12:22 a.m., La Paz County Task Force and La Paz County Sheriff's Deputies arrested an armed robbery suspect in Ehrenberg, Arizona who was wanted in connection with the 7th St. 76 gas station robbery on June 23.

Back on June 23, 2014, the Blythe Police Department and the Riverside County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Team (BNET), investigated an armed robbery that occurred at the "76" gas station in Blythe. During the follow up investigation, one of the alleged suspects, Darringer Gonzales, was located in an alleyway nearby. According to the Palo Verde Valley Times in Blythe, "Officers contacted Gonzales who was still armed with a rifle and an officer involved shooting occurred. Gonzales was struck by gunfire and was transported to a hospital for medical treatment".

Further investigation revealed that a second suspect was allegedly involved in the armed robbery and had successfully fled the scene. The suspect was identified as Michael Nopah from the Parker, Arizona area and a warrant was then issued for his arrest.

On August 6, 2014, the La Paz County Task Force received information that Michael Nopah was possibly staying in a residence in the town of Ehrenberg.

Task Force Detectives conducted surveillance on the residence until they could get enough personnel from the Sheriff's Office to safely affect an arrest. On August 7, 2014, at approximately 12:22 a.m., the officers knocked on the door of the residence, made contact with Nopah and placed him under arrest without incident.

Michael Nopah was booked into the La Paz County Detention Facility on a warrant as a fugitive from justice on California charges for 1st Degree Armed Robbery.

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