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UPDATE: Arrest report released for T.J. Maxx suspect

Posted at 2:00 PM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-19 20:50:21-04

UPDATE: The arrest report for the man who attempted to rob a woman at a T.J. Maxx store in the Centennial Hills area has been released.

According to the report, Jason Mote approached a woman at approximate 1:20 p.m. Aug. 16 inside the store and asked her if she had dropped a bag of chips.

The woman told Mote no and kept walking. Mote reportedly approached her again with the chips and, once again, she kept walking.

The woman then encountered Mote for the third time. This time, he was holding a large gun and pointing it into the air. When he saw the woman, he pointed it at her and then placed it against her head. He then began yelling obscenities at her and reached into her basket and took her purse.

Mote then began walking away, still yelling. Next, he threatened another woman, pointing the gun at her and telling her not to move or he would shoot her.

Mote then walked to the front of the store and began rummaging through the purse he had stolen.

Several employees took the opportunity to hide in the dressing room and a break room.

A woman who was next door at Dollar Tree saw people running out of T.J. Maxx and called her husband, who is a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper.

When he arrived at the scene, he saw people running from the store. He also observed a man without a shirt rummaging through a shopping cart full of clothes.

The man ran back inside the store when the trooper approached. Las Vegas police officers began to arriave and quickly set up a perimeter.

SWAT also responded and cleared the store. Mote was taken into custody at that time. The first victim was asked to identify the suspect. Initially, she was unable to. However, he began yelling "Motherf****** b****" at her as she walked away and the victim fell to her knees. She then told police that it was the same voice of the man who threatened her earlier.

Mote is being charged with robbery with a deadly weapon and burglary with deadly weapon. Additional charges may be filed, including false imprisonment with a deadly weapon, since 7 people were trapped and in fear for their lives inside the store during the incident.


LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- A robbery suspect is in custody after entering into a store with a gun Tuesday.

Police say this started around 1:30 p.m. at shopping complex located in the 7000 block of North Durango Drive, near Dorell Lane, when a man was harassing a woman inside the T.J. Maxx then made it outside and began waving a gun and robbed the woman.

Nevada Highway Patrol was able to get the shopping center in minutes arresting that man.

But witnesses had told police there was possibly another suspect inside the store, prompting this standoff involving SWAT. Police later said there was only one suspect.

13 Action News spoke to one mother who evacuated the store with her 4 children.

"When we heard him yell everyone get down and another girl her a little 2-year-old we were going to hide in the bathroom but then we saw the exit and ran out," Tamara Milazzo said.