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ELKO — A wanted felon was arrested Sunday on weapon and drug charges after allegedly attempting to steal a cattle prod from CAL Ranch.

Joseph C. Forrest, 29, of Elko entered the store around noon and carried a package that contained a cattle prod into the restroom, leaving its packaging in the room, according to police Lt. Mike Palhegyi.

Forrest was initially going to be placed under citizen’s arrest on trespassing and larceny charges, but police were called because he was armed with the stun gun, Palhegyi said.

Forrest was also charged with carrying a concealed weapon — a knife in a shoulder holster — which is illegal for felons. He was also reportedly carrying a small amount of heroin and methamphetamine, leading to possession and multiple paraphernalia charges.

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According to Free Press files, Forrest was placed on the Elko County Sheriff’s “most wanted” list in March 2015 after skipping out on the drug charges. He was also prosecuted on burglary and car theft charges in 2013.

Forrest was bound over to Elko District Court on earlier drug charges in January.

His bail on the current charges was set at $26,840.


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