Homicide Wrongful Death

Man Charged With Several Charges in Kidnapping 8 Yrs Old Girl

Man Arrested for Disappearance of 8 Year Old Little Girl


A man is in some serious trouble after being previously questioned in the disappearance of an eight year old little girl. The man has now been booked into the Mohave County Jail for the following charges: first-degree murder, kidnapping, as well as shoplifting. That poor little girl.


Chief Brian Williamson from the Bullhead City Police, confirmed that twenty-six year old Justin James Rector was indeed taken into custody for the above charges including the death of the eight year old Isabella Grogan-Cannella. The innocent little girl was reported missing last Tuesday. According to the local authorities, on Wednesday Isabella’s lifeless body was found in a shallow grave near her home. Rector was taken into custody on Thursday.


Family Friend Murders 8 Year Old Little Girl


According to chief Williamson, Rector was a family friend that had been visiting and staying with the family at their home for a few days. Isabella was last seen with Rector at around 11:30 on Monday night. She was seen by her ten year old sister with the boy. Isabella was reported missing around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning.


Chief Williamson also said that Rector had went to the local Walmart to shoplift some shoes, underwear, and a shirt to change into. Rector admitted to actually hiding his old outfit along the highway. Rector was first arrested for the shoplifting and then held in the jail so that the investigators could look into Isabella’s disappearance. The detectives were able to find the shoes and shirt, as well as the surveillance video from the store which showed the evidence of Rector shoplifting. Rector had at first told the investigators that he had gone to a friends house after leaving Isabella’s home, however they were unable to confirm that. The investigators did find a set of show prints at the site where Isabella’s body was found. The shoe prints did match Rector’s old shoes.


The court documents read that Isabella was found in the same shirt she was wearing when she went missing, however she was found not wearing anything on her lower half. They are going to preform an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Rector didn’t deny killing the 8 year old Isabella, he did say he couldn’t talk about it and wanted an attorney.


According to the investigators, they aren’t sure of a motive for the girl’s murder. The investigation is ongoing at this time and police are unsure of future charges or arrests at this time. There were several other people at the house when Isabella disappeared.  Child Protective Services are also involved, but it is unsure what for at this time.




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assault battery

Man Shot While Attempting to Break Up Bar Fight

37 Year Old Shot While Breaking Up A Bar Fight

According to the police, On Monday, a thirty-seven year old man was shot in the early morning as he attempted to break up a bar fight between a security guard and a patron at a Phoenix bar.

According to a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department, the Phoenix Police responded to a gunshot injury at two: thirty in the morning. This happened at the Funny Farm Lounge which is close to the 49th Avenue and Thomas Road.

The Phoenix Police had to respond to a gunshot call at Funny Farm Lounge at two:thirty in the morning. This was close to 49th Avenue and Thomas Road, according to Officer James Holmes. The victim of the gunshot wound is a male. He had an injury to his upper body was later transported to a hospital. He was in critical condition but luckily was expected to survive.

Other People get involved in the bar fight

According to Holmes, there was an argument at the bar parking lot just before the shooting. The fight was between two patrons. One of those patrons was a 36 year old security guard who then got into a physical confrontation with one of the other men patrons.

Holmes also reported that the victim that was a witness to the fight had stepped in to break the fight up. The security guard then drew a handgun and then shot the victim in the upper body.

Officer Holmes said that the security guard then left the scene with another security guard who was from the bar. He later returned to the location when the on scene officers called him back for some questioning. He was then taken to police headquarters for further questioning.


Personal Injury Traumatic Brain Injury

Older Man Assaulted In Phoenix and Fighting for His Life

Man Fighting for His Life After Being Assaulted

According to the police, On Wednesday in Phoenix, a sixty-six year old man is now fighting for his life after he was assaulted that afternoon.

The Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson stated that the assault took place near the 16th street and Thomas Road just before three thirty in the evening. He also said that the elderly man and the suspect had gotten into an argument over a beer at a local market in that area.

According to the report, after the sixty-six year old had left the store the suspect had followed him as well as another man. They were in a light colored or perhaps a white GMC Yukon or Tahoe. The police stated that the suspect had gotten out of the SUV and had punched the elderly man in his head which caused him to immediately fall to the ground.

Sgt. Thompson also said that the victim was transported to the local hospital with his serious head injuries, they do not think he is going to survive.

The police are asking for help in identifying the suspect and the driver of the suspects vehicle. The main suspect is described as a Hispanic male who is twenty to twenty-five years old, he’s around 5 ft. 7 in. tall, and around 170 pounds in weight. However they do not have the driver’s description at this time.

Call with Information on the Assault suspect

Anyone with information concerning who the suspects are or where the vehicle may be, is encouraged to call the Phoenix Police Department Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480- WITNESS, 480-TESTIGO for Spanish.