PD: More arrests following Bullhead City standoffPosted: Updated:
BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. – Bullhead City police have arrested more people in connection with a standoff with the stepfather of an 8-year-old girl who was killed last month.
Ralph Pat Leroy Folster III, 28, and his wife, Tania Ann Grogan, 29, were arrested Wednesday following a month-long investigation into alleged drug sales. Police said they received a tip in September that Folster and Grogan were dealing methamphetamine and heroin.
Grogan was taken into custody without incident, but Folster was involved in a two-hour standoff with police officers and a SWAT team.
On Thursday, police spokeswoman Emily Fromelt said detectives also arrested Folster's girlfriend, mother and neighbor.
According to police, Folster called his girlfriend, Niki Elizabeth Fox, during the standoff and asked her to create a diversion in an attempt for him to escape. Fox, 21, allegedly called 911 and falsely reported that an officer had been shot at a local gas station.
A call was made about 15 minutes later by a male who reported an officer was down at a local motel. According to Fromelt, it was another attempt to get patrol units to leave Folster's location.
Both reports were unfounded.
Fox reportedly struggled with police during her arrest at around 1:30 a.m. Thursday. She faces charges of hindering prosecution, resisting arrest and false reporting to law enforcement.
Police said they arrested Jaime Medrano, 27, for hindering prosecution after he allegedly harbored Folster in his neighboring duplex during the standoff. Police said Folster climbed up in the attic and gained access into Medrano's residence.
Folster's 59-year-old mother, Freddie Lynn Nicholson, was arrested on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and transportation of dangerous drugs.
Police said they located a methamphetamine pipe in Nicholson's bedroom on Sept. 4 while investigating the death of Isabella "Bella" Grogan-Cannella, who was found in a shallow grave near her home.
Detectives allege that Nicholson assisted Grogan with her drug sales inside the residence.
Police said they located some drug paraphernalia items in the family's home on Wednesday.
Police are investigating whether Grogan supplied methamphetamine to the man charged with the child's death, Justin James Rector.
Rector, 26, told police he had been smoking meth on the day Isabella went missing. He has pleaded not guilty to charges including first-degree murder and kidnapping.
Fromelt said there is currently an open investigation into Grogan leaving her children in a dangerous environment.
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