Cody Nielson, Deseret News
ELKO, Nev. — A pair of sharp eyes from an Elko County commissioner brought a three-day manhunt for a couple accused of going on a two-state crime spree — including a home burglary, violent carjacking and possible double homicide — to an end.
On Tuesday, Logan Welles McFarland, 24, and Angela Marie Hill, 25, both of Sanpete County, were arrested without incident about 1:20 p.m. by the Elko County Sheriff's Office, West Wendover police and U.S. marshals. "The location of the arrest was an extremely rural area of Elko County near Wells, Nev.," police said.
McFarland was booked into the Elko County Jail Tuesday night for investigation of attempted murder with the use of a deadly weapon and kidnapping. He was being held on $75,000 cash bond.
Hill was taken to Northwestern Nevada Regional Hospital after her arrest for an undisclosed medical condition. She was expected to be booked into the Elko County Jail for investigation of the same charges as McFarland after she was released.
The couple was spotted about 12:30 p.m. by Elko County Commissioner Demar Dahl, who was flying his private plane spotting cattle.
Dahl said he and Randy Stowell were going to go flying to look for cattle around Stowell's ranch. But they decided first to look for the missing fugitives.
"We decided, 'Well, we'll look for them before we go looking for cattle,'" he said.
After flying around the higher elevations, the two dropped down to the lower mountains. After about 45 minutes of flying, Dahl said Stowell spotted two people walking.
"We turned around and got a closer look," he said. "It was definitely them."
Dahl contacted law enforcement and then followed the couple for about an hour and a half before officers could arrive at the remote area. The couple knew the plane was tracking them, he said. But it appeared to Dahl that they were ready to surrender.
"I think they just about had it. They were ready to give up," he said. "They acted like they kind of gave up."
Dahl said he and his partner were just lucky on Tuesday and credits law enforcement with the real work. Right after officers arrived, Dahl had to land his plane along the side of the road because he ran out of fuel. After refuelling, he went back up and found the cattle they were originally after.
"It was a good day," he said.
The couple was spotted in a remote area about five miles off of I-80 near Oasis, Nev. They were about two miles from the Big Springs Ranch. When officers approached, the couple were carrying unknown objects that officers ordered them to throw to the ground.
The objects were later determined to be firearms.
West Wendover Police Sgt. David Wiskerchen said McFarland was wearing a pair of sweatpants rolled up to his knees. Hill was wearing a shirt and a pair of sweatpants, Wiskerchen said.
Officials did not know Tuesday where the couple was headed or what their plans were. "They were walking away from the car," Wiskerchen said of the Jetta the couple was last seen driving.
He believed the couple were "taken a little bit by surprise" when they were arrested. Police say they were relieved the couple was taken into custody without further violence.
"They went very peacefully. … We're very relieved they were apprehended," Wiskerchen said. "Two very dangerous individuals are off the streets."
U.S. marshals say prior to the couple being arrested, investigators had been planning on a massive search effort Wednesday.
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