Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies arrested John Matthew Barela, 36, of Bullhead City, Monday (10/9) afternoon for theft of means of transportation and possession of stolen property, felonies. Approximately 1:30 p.m., deputies responded to a theft of a motorcycle at a residence in the 4800 block of S Mesa Villas Drive. The victim reported that someone had stolen his 2004 Honda. The victim further reported that he had last seen his motorcycle Sunday (10/8) evening parked in his driveway. The motorcycle was entered into the National Crime Information Center as stolen. Later that afternoon, at about 3:32 p.m., deputies received a call from the victim indicating that he located a male subject riding his motorcycle in the area of Gardner Road and Calle Del Media, then heading towards Highway 95. Deputies responded and located the reported stolen motorcycle parked near a business in the 4100 block of Lynn Drive. Deputies searched the area and located a male subject running near Valencia and Schiffer Road. Deputies caught up with the male subject and detained him. The male subject was identified as Barela. Barela initially denied stealing or riding a motorcycle. Eventually, Barela admitted to driving and stealing the motorcycle. Barela was transported and booked into the Mohave County Jail.
Barela was also arrested for aggravated assault with a dangerous instrument and criminal trespassing, felonies, regarding a September 18th incident. Investigations began Monday (9/18) at about 6:08 a.m., when deputies responded to a criminal damage report at a residence in the 4600 block of Calle Esperanza. Upon arrival, deputies contacted a 39-year-old female victim. The victim reported that a guy by the nickname of Mumbles broke into her house and assaulted her. Mumbles was later identified as Barela. The victim said that Barela broke a window and assaulted her with a stick after she woke up and found him hiding under a table in her living room. The victim further said that Barela left the scene. Deputies observed a small cut on the victims’ shoulder. The victim refused medical attention. Deputies attempted to locate Barela without success.