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Alexis S. Harlow

Alexis Harlow, 19, of North Platte was arraigned Tuesday in connection with an alleged terroristic knife threat at Lake Maloney five days earlier.

Harlow faces charges of accessory to a felony and tampering with evidence.

According to Chief Lincoln County Deputy Roland Kramer, Harlow was in the car Aug. 8 with suspects Lucas Swarthout and Kayla Wills.

Swarthout allegedly threatened a man who was trying to get their license plate number.

The man said Swarthout and Wills were acting suspiciously near his home, so he followed them to try to get the plate number. Swarthout apparently saw he was being followed, got out of the car and threatened the man with a knife, “putting him in fear of his life,” according to a sheriff’s statement.

Swarthout allegedly got back in the car and gave the knife to Harlow. Before officers arrived, Harlow put it in her bag with other personal belongings.

Then, she hid the bag in some bushes near a tree.

The bag was found later by a resident and taken to the sheriff’s office. The contents of the bag showed it belonged to Harlow, according to a sheriff’s spokesman. When questioned, Harlow admitted the bag was hers and that she hid the knife, according to the spokesman.

Her bond is set at $10,000.

Harlow recently spent 72 days in jail for assault and trespassing. She was released July 17.

Harlow has also been charged in the past with assault, burglary, fugitive from justice in Colorado, trespassing, resisting an officer and failure to appear.

Investigators inventoried Swarthout’s vehicle to prepare it to be towed away, and found several syringes and baggies that are consistent with the distribution and use of methamphetamine, the sheriff said.

Deputies also searched Wills' property, where about 10 grams of suspected methamphetamine were found.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 8/13/2013
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