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Las Vegas woman pleads guilty in May carjacking

December 4, 2018

KINGMAN — A Las Vegas woman pleaded guilty Friday for her involvement in a carjacking and shooting incident south of Hoover Dam.

Raitasha Antoinette Williams-Gardner, 20, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and aggravated assault. She had been charged with another count of kidnapping, two other counts of aggravated assault, vehicle theft, criminal damage, armed robbery and endangerment. She is being held on a $200,000 bond.

Under the plea agreement, Superior Court Commissioner Billy Sipe Jr. will sentence Williams-Gardner to 71/2 years in prison. Formal sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 8.

Williams-Gardner’s co-defendant, Aveyon Lashawn Nevitt, 21, pleaded guilty in October to two counts of kidnapping, vehicle theft and aggravated assault. Other charges including drive-by shooting, armed robbery, criminal damage and endangerment were dismissed.

Under his plea agreement, Nevitt will be sentenced to 20 years in prison for the four charges. He will be sentenced Tuesday.

In giving facts of the case, Deputy Mohave County Attorney Amy Gardner said that Williams-Gardner and Nevitt carjacked an Uber driver May 26 in Las Vegas.

The suspects sat in the back of the car while a rideshare passenger sat in the front seat. Nevitt then held a gun to the driver’s head, telling her to drive south on U.S. 93 into Mohave County.

The victims told police that Williams-Gardner held the clip to the gun, never tried to talk Nevitt out of the committing the crime, and assisted Nevitt in the incident.

Nevitt threatened to kill the Uber driver and her family. Nevitt also struck the male passenger in the head with the gun.

Nevitt fired six shots at a commercial truck south of the Hoover Dam Bridge. The truck’s radiator was hit but the driver was not injured.

Forcing the Uber driver and the passenger out of the car about 20 miles south of Hoover Dam, the suspects continued south on U.S. 93 toward Kingman. Stop sticks were deployed on the highway near Kingman, causing the vehicle to collide with a bus.

Nevitt and Williams-Gardner fled on foot but were captured. There were no injuries to the bus passengers.

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