Elko man charged with attempted robbery at Walmart | crime and courts

ELKO — An Elko man was arrested on Friday for attempted robbery after police said he got into a physical altercation with a Walmart employee when he tried to flee with a truckload of $2,783 worth of merchandise.

The alarm went off when 19-year-old Felipe G. Gonzalez exited the store and attempted to hit an employee, according to a statement from the Elko Police Department. He eventually fled without any goods, the report says.

Police were told he was last seen at the nearby McDonald’s. An officer interrogated him, but he gave false information and was released. Gonzalez was later arrested at an apartment on Front Street.

Upon arrest, police found a bag containing a blue M30 pill and another bag containing what appeared to be a crushed M30 pill. The officer did not test the pills because of possible fentanyl exposure.

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Gonzalez was also allegedly in possession of a white crystal that was suspected to have tested positive for methamphetamine, the official said.

Police confirmed that Gonzalez was also wanted on an arrest warrant. According to Elko County Jail records, he was arrested on July 2 for criminal possession of a controlled substance and on October 26 for assault with a deadly weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

His current charges include attempted robbery, grand larceny, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, false testimony to an officer’s disability, violating probation and failing to appear after bail for a felony.

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