Police arrest Cedar City shooting suspect in Colorado, 3 related arrests made

Mark Mair, suspect wanted in Sunday morning fatal shooting in Cedar City, has been arrested in Grand Junction, Colorado, Monday. | Prior photo of Mair courtesy of Cedar City Police Department, composite image St. George/Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY – Suspect Mark Mair, wanted in connection with a fatal shooting in Cedar City Sunday, has been arrested by police in Grand Junction, Colorado, along with a 19-year-old woman who police say drove the getaway car Mair fled in.

Cedar City Police Sgt. Jerry Womack confirmed Tuesday morning that Mair was arrested Monday night and has been booked into Mesa County Jail in Colorado. Details on the arrest were not immediately available and Womack was unable to say whether the arrests were made with or without incident.

As well, two other arrests were made Monday by Utah Highway Patrol for parties booked on obstruction of justice.

Authorities have been looking for Mair, 27, as a suspect in the alleged killing of 34-year-old Cedar City resident Justin Hanna. Cedar City police were dispatched to the trailer home early Sunday morning on reports of gunshots at Reber Court, 515 N. 400 West, where they found Hanna dead from what police described Sunday as multiple gunshot wounds.

Witnesses on scene identified the suspect as Mair, police said, who fled the scene and a manhunt ensued. A white female was reportedly driving a vehicle that was used as a getaway car. Officers searched a motel room in Cedar City where the suspect had been allegedly staying, to no avail.

Police issued bulletins to law enforcement agencies Sunday and asked the public to be on the lookout for Mair. They said he was believed to be in possession of a .40-caliber handgun, an additional handgun, an SKS rifle and a sawed off shotgun and described him as armed and dangerous.

The search expanded to Panguitch when the getaway car Mair was believed to be in was located there.

Police executed a warrant search of a home behind the Canyon Lodge at 210 N. Main St. in Panguitch, owned by the son of Michelle Partridge. At the time, police said they believed she was with the suspect. Neither were located in that search.

Investigators then obtained information that led them to believe that 19-year-old Elcha Hatch was the female who drove the getaway car, according to a news release from Cedar City Police. They believed, the release states, Elcha’s mother, Michelle Partridge, and Robert Schexnayder assisted both Mair and Hatch flee to Grand Junction, Colorado.

An “attempt to locate” bulletin was distributed to law enforcement agencies along Interstate 70 looking for Schexnayder’s vehicle. The vehicle was located Monday evening near Green River. According to Cedar City Police news release, Schexnayder and Partridge were then taken into custody by the Utah Highway Patrol and held on arrest warrants for second-degree felony obstruction of justice.

A search for Hatch and Mair continued in Grand Junction, Colorado. The two were located Monday at approximately 9 p.m. by Grand Junction Police Department, according to the news release by Cedar City Police.

Hatch was arrested on a second-degree felony warrant for obstruction of justice. 

Mair was arrested on a warrant for aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and seven counts of felony discharge of a firearm,

As of Tuesday morning, investigators are continuing to interview witnesses and process evidence, the news release said. The motive for the shooting is still under investigation.

Ed. note: Headline and link revised 9:45 a.m. Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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9 Comments

  • ladybugavenger July 26, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Call me what you will but if my children are involved in crimes and I know about it… I would be the first one to turn them in! I certainly wouldn’t help them get away. Lock ’em up!

    • Bob July 26, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      “Call me what you will but when my children were involved in crimes and I knew about it… I was the first one to turn them in! I certainly didn’t help them get away. Lock ’em up!”

      Fixed it for u, LBA..

      • ladybugavenger July 26, 2016 at 7:59 pm

        Yes, thanks Bob! one child for sure…the other one is on the fence….LOL! I did send the commissary packages

  • .... July 26, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Yeah and you could send them Cheetos and Coke for Xmas. .. ♡♡♡

    • ladybugavenger July 26, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      I would buy them a nice commissary package as a gift of love ?

  • Kalen July 27, 2016 at 2:16 am

    I know the victim personally I grew up with is brother in California this family just lost a father as well you know what stop being a bunch of batches America people like this should be hung shot killed however you wanna say it as soon as the gavel drops down on guilty he did it y let him live the others get punished accordingly but … paying for him to live and eat and get insurance the rest of his life and live better than alot of Americans today …!!!
    Ed. ellipsis.

    • ladybugavenger July 27, 2016 at 9:19 am

      They should put Hitlery in their cell.

    • .... July 28, 2016 at 12:03 am

      Ha ha you got edited !!

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