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Woman fakes seizure to distract police

SALYERSVILLE – Two were arrested after a woman faked a seizure at a local fast food restaurant to distract law enforcement from picking up her boyfriend, who had outstanding warrants against him.

Salyersville Police Department Officer Mike Nickels wrote in the arrest citation that he was at McDonald’s in Salyersville on Sunday night, January 28, when he saw a woman walking out of the business being lead by her son. Nickels noted she was unable to walk on her own and she told him that she had a seizure.

Nickels called for an ambulance, but noticed that she had a blue residue in her nose. 

The female, identified as Angelina Johnson Prater, 39, of Jackson, reportedly went back into the restroom and threw needles and methamphetamine in the trash in McDonald’s, according to Nickel’s report.

Prater had two young children, both under the age of 13, in the vehicle with her when she arrived at the restaurant. 

Prater’s boyfriend, Dustin A. Roberts, 34, of Frenchburg, reportedly had warrants on him and appeared under the influence, but when Prater asked for help, thinking she had a medical problem, Nickels went into the bathroom with EMS to check on her, and Roberts ran away on foot.

Law enforcement found a loaded needle and a blue pill in Prater’s purse, another loaded needle in the car, marijuana cigarette butt in the driver’s seat of her car, meth and a pipe in the glove compartment, and more needles. 

Prater was taken to the hospital to be checked out, at which time it was confirmed there were no medical problems. She was under the influence, admitting to shooting up morphine, meth, hydrocodone, and snorting Xanax. 

She also gave law enforcement and the ambulance personnel the wrong name, Nickels noted, as did Roberts. Prater had two active warrants in Breathitt County. 

Roberts was arrested on Monday, January 29, after law enforcement received a call reporting that a male subject was found sleeping in the laundry building at Pine Point Apartments.

Salyersville Police Department Officer Tracy Salyer responded to the call, making contact with the subject, who told him his name was Jason Noble and that he was from Ohio, however, Officer Nickels identified the man as Dustin Roberts, and the two were able to confirm his identity by his ID photo.

Roberts maintained that his name was Jason Noble, and became very resistant when told that he was under arrest. He had to be taken to the ground to be placed in handcuffs. 

Prater is facing the following charges: buying/possessing drug paraphernalia; possession of marijuana; first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, drug unspecified); first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine); public intoxication of a controlled substance (excludes alcohol); two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor; tampering with physical evidence; giving officer false name or address; possession of a controlled substance; and second-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension. At press time, she is currently being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Roberts is facing the following charges: menacing; second-degree disorderly conduct; resisting arrest; giving officer false identifying information; second-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot); first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine); buying or possessing drug paraphernalia; first-degree possession of controlled substance (first-offense, drug unspecified); possession of marijuana; endangering the welfare of a minor; first-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension; second-fleeing or evading police (on foot); first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine); buying or possessing drug paraphernalia; first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, drug unspecified); possession of marijuana; endangering the welfare of a minor; and first-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension. Roberts is currently being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention, with a cash bond set for $2,500 for the charges he accrued at the time of his arrest, and another cash bond set at $5,000 for the incident that occurred at McDonald’s the night before.

A preliminary hearing for Prater is slated for February 5 at 9:15 a.m. and no court date has been set for Roberts at this time. 

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 

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