Suspects arrested in Utah killings, Nevada shooting


SALT LAKE CITY -- A Nevada rancher who spotted a man and woman Tuesday while he was surveying his cattle from the air led police to arrest the suspects in the killing of a Utah couple and shooting of another person.

Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Jim Phelps said Logan Welles McFarland, 24, and Angela Atwood, 25, were found Tuesday afternoon near Interstate 80 about 35 miles west of the Utah border, not far from where they ditched police in a high-speed chase Saturday.

Phelps said the pair are suspects in the killings and in the shooting of a woman during a botched carjacking in Nevada.

The couple had abandoned their car and weapons before marshals, Elko County sheriff's deputies and West Wendover police made the arrest about 12:30 p.m. a few miles south of Oasis.

The suspects' stolen vehicle had not been found, and police think it may have broken down in the mountains south of I-80.

Authorities issued an arrest warrant Sunday for McFarland in the burglary of the Utah couple's Mount Pleasant home. He has been charged.

Authorities suspect McFarland and Atwood are responsible for the killings and the carjacking and shooting of the West Wendover woman, who is recovering at a Salt Lake City hospital, but they had not been charged with those crimes.

Federal marshals said they would drop a charge of unlawful flight to let state authorities take over the case.

McFarland has a recent criminal history that includes drug and theft charges, according to the Utah state courts database. He was released Oct. 10 after spending a month in jail for a conviction of theft by receiving stolen property. He was supposed to pay a $500 fine in monthly installments. In August, he was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. That charge was dismissed a month later by prosecutors.

Atwood has some minor offenses listed in court records. Her parents believe she was an unwilling participant in the crime spree, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Police said a witness told them McFarland bragged at a Friday party about obtaining money and firearms.

McFarland and Atwood were in a stolen Volkswagen Jetta on Saturday when they led police on a 50-mile chase at speeds up to 100 mph before turning off the interstate and fleeing into the hills.

 

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