Thursday, February 11, 2021

Suspect in Bear River Triple Homicide Arrested

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2021 at 3:04 PM

click to enlarge Humboldt County Major Crimes Task Force at the scene. - HCSO
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  • Humboldt County Major Crimes Task Force at the scene.
An 18-year-old has been arrested in Utah on suspicion of murder in the deaths of three people at a home on the  Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria Reservation.

Loleta resident Mauricio Eduardo Johnson is being held on a no-bail warrant.

According to a news release, the sheriff’s office investigation “determined two vehicles associated with Johnson to be traveling in the State of Utah” and contact was made with law enforcement agencies in the area.

“At approximately 2 p.m., law enforcement located the two vehicles traveling on I-80 in Tooele County, Utah,” the HCSO release states. “One involved vehicle yielded, and a female subject was detained. The second involved vehicle failed to yield, and a short pursuit ensued. Law enforcement deployed a spike strip, disabling the vehicle.”

Johnson was in the second vehicle with Von Eric Keener, who was also taken into custody on a parole warrant.

The victims have been identified as Nikki Dion Metcalf, 40, Margarett Lee Moon, 40, and Shelly Autumn Mae Moon, 16, Two other juveniles who were in the home were not physically injured and have been placed in safe custody, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies were call to the scene on the 200 block of Carroll Road a little after 8 a.m. Wednesday and found two of the victims dead and another with serious injuries, who later died after being taken to the hospital. The investigation is continuing.

Read the HCSO release below:
The suspect in the homicide of three Bear River residents has been taken into custody in Utah. The suspect has been identified as 18-year-old Mauricio Eduardo Johnson of Loleta. Johnson will be held on a no-bail warrant for charges of murder. Through the course of their investigation, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Investigators determined two vehicles associated with Johnson to be traveling in the State of Utah. Sheriff’s Investigators contacted the Utah Highway Patrol and the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office for assistance in apprehending Johnson. At approximately 2 p.m., law enforcement located the two vehicles traveling on I-80 in Tooele County, Utah. One involved vehicle yielded, and a female subject was detained. The second involved vehicle failed to yield, and a short pursuit ensued. Law enforcement deployed a spike strip, disabling the vehicle. Inside the vehicle, law enforcement located Johnson and Von Eric Keener, age 46. Keener was taken into custody on a parole warrant. Johnson was taken into custody on a warrant for murder. The female is still detained as of this release with criminal charges anticipated. This is still a very active investigation and more information will be released when available. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Utah Highway Patrol and the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in the apprehension of Johnson. Anyone with information about this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.
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