2 charged with tampering with evidence for hiding gun after cras - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

2 charged with tampering with evidence for hiding gun after crash

Posted: Dec 26, 2017 12:42 PM Updated:

Conner Riley McCarthy and Taryn Dawn Molen have both been charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

Court documents state that police officers responded to a two-vehicle crash at about 11:07 p.m. on Saturday, December 23rd, at the intersection of 10th Avenue South and 15th Street.

An officer talked with McCarthy - the driver of the first vehicle - who said his girlfriend, Molen, had also been in the vehicle at the time of the crash, but had run to the nearby Town Pump convenience store. Molen returned a few minutes later.

The driver of the second vehicle told police that after the crash, he saw Molen leave the vehicle with a large bag and leave it somewhere around the gas station.

The officer asked Molen about it, and she replied that she had taken McCarthy's pistol and hid it behind a dumpster at Town Pump at McCarthy's request, according to court documents.

Officers searched the area around the dumpster, but it was clear that no one had been around it, as there were no footprints or tracks in the snow.

Molen then admitted that she "may have" hidden some drug paraphernalia behind the gas station in the snow. Molen then showed the officer where she had buried the items that she had taken from McCarthy's vehicle.

The officer recovered a backpack with a strong odor of marijuana, a Glock pistol case, and a fishing tackle box.

Molen told the officer that McCarthy had directed her to hide the items while he waited with his vehicle.

Court documents note that neither McCarthy nor Molen have a criminal history.

Prosecutors requested that bond for each be set at $2,500.

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