BULLHEAD CITY – A man is in custody after stealing a Humvee from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office and ramming two Kingman Police cars with it.
According to Bullhead City, Michael Joseph Lapeer, 26, was arrested for aggravated assault, burglary, theft of means of transportation and criminal damage.
Police say that on Sunday, May 10 at about 11 p.m., they receive a report about a Humvee, driving in the area of Andy Devine Avenue and Armour Avenue, hit a vehicle and failed to stop. Kingman Police attempted to stop the Humvee, but the driver, Lapeer, ignored the officer’s commands to exit the Humvee.
Lapeer continued driving for approximately one block until the vehicle stalled in the 3100 block of Armour Avenue. The driver inside the armored vehicle refused multiple officers’ commands to exit the Humvee. Lapeer was able to start the Humvee again and reportedly rammed two Kingman Police patrol cars. Shots were fired at the Humvee and the suspect was apprehended. No one was shot or injured.
Police learned that Lapeer stole the Humvee, belonging to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, from a secured fenced yard in the 3600 block of E. Andy Devine Avenue in Kingman. While trespassing on the property, he was able to get the inactive Humvee to start. He rammed the stolen Humvee into the locked chain link gate to exit the yard. Lapeer drove the stolen Humvee approximately half a mile until it stalled.
Michael Lapeer was not armed. He was booked into the Mohave County Jail in Kingman.