During a 9-11 call to Mineral County Dispatch, at approximately 9:12 p.m., Carolyn Crutcher called and advised she wanted her son, Gordon Wayne Crutcher III, out of the home after having a fight with her that evening. The background noise from the call had the man making threats towards cops saying he had guns and a homemade propane type bomb that he was prepared to use against deputies. Officers responded to the address on the 200 block of M Street where they confirmed with Carolyn that Crutcher did indeed have weapons and was in possession of a brown Chevy pick-up. Crutcher had already left the home before deputies were able to respond.
Sheriff Stewart Handte would issue a plea for law enforcement agencies statewide to be on the lookout for Crutcher stating that he was armed and dangerous.
Tuesday morning, Crutcher was arrested at gunpoint at the home of his mother after returning late that night.
Charges include: NRS 202.448 – Making threats or conveying false information concerning acts of terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, lethal agents or toxins prohibited, a felony.
In light of recent events around the country, threats toward law enforcement officers are not taken lightly. Handte confirmed his concern for all deputies involved.
Earlier this year, an investigation had been opened on Crutcher for suffocating kittens in a plastic container by Mineral County Animal Control.
In a phone call with Carolyn, she stated, “My son was not armed and dangerous. He was here when they served us. My son has never been charged with suffocating kittens. We did not have a fight. We argued. I’d know if he had mental problems. My partner gave him permission to use the truck.”
In a statement to KOLO-TV, Handte says he believed Crutcher was under the influence of controlled substances Monday night and has mental health issues.
His bail is set at $30,000. Deputies are also considering charges against his mother, whom they say didn’t alert authorities her son had returned home.