Monday, December 28, 2009

Manhunt Monday: Luis Vagle


Luis Vagle is a fugitive from justice from the State of Colorado. In 2005, based on a racketeering warrant issued by the Denver District Court, Vagle was arrested by Metro Officers in the 1300 block of North Buffalo. Vagle was released on bail, and later failed to appear in court as ordered. Based on his failure to appear in court, Vagle is now wanted locally for the additional charge of being a fugitive from justice.

Vagle is a white male adult, 59 years of age, standing 6' tall and weighing
approximately 190 lbs. with grey hair and brown eyes. His last known address was in
the 500 block of Cabana Beach Drive in Las Vegas. He has also been known to
frequent the 1300 block of North Buffalo.
Luis Vagle is believed still to be hiding in the Las Vegas area.
Anyone with any information concerning the whereabouts of Luis Vagle should
contact the L.V.M.P.D. Fugitive detail at 828-3578 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

New Metro Driving Policy

Want the details? Read it here.
And see the Sheriff announcing the new policy here.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Manhunt Monday: Terry Lee Mendes


Terry Lee Mendes is a convicted Tier II offender who is required to update his address with Nevada authorities. He has failed to comply with this requirement, and is currently wanted on a felony warrant for:
• Failure to change address by a sex offender.

Mendes’ criminal history includes:
• Numerous arrests for being a sex offender and failing to change address,
• Burglary, and
• Possession of stolen property,

Mendes is a white male adult, 49 years of age, standing 5'11" tall and weighing approximately 180 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes. He has numerous tattoos’s including:
• A bulldog on his left shoulder blade,
• A tweety-bird on his left shoulder blade,
• A Tasmanian devil on his right shoulder blade,
• A bull on his left bicep, and
• Cherries on his right shoulder

Mendes sometimes spells his last name “Mendez”. His last known address was
in the 3000 block of E. Charleston. Anyone with any information concerning the whereabouts of Terry Lee Mendes is urged to contact the L.V.M.P.D. Sex Offenders Apprehension Program at 828-2963 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Family Focus: Domestic Violence

2009 was a good year for LVMPD's efforts to reduce domestic violence. The Crimes Against Youth and Family Bureau started a Lethality Assessment Program in 2009. By asking 11 carefully designed questions, officers try to determine if a victim of domestic violence is at high risk of becoming a murder victim during a future attack. Nevada also enacted a law making strangulation during a domestic violence attack a felony. Captain Vincent Cannito believes both developments are a factor in a decline in calls for service to help domestic violence victims.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

By the Numbers: Northwest Area Command

I started my concersation with LVMPD Northwest Area Command Capt. Csaba Maczala on Wednesday with a simple question: What's going on in the northwest? He said a conversation about crime statistics has to start with homicide.
As of 12/5/'09, there had been 17 homicides in the NWAC in 2009. That's a 41.67% increase. Homicides are down for Metro overall, by 7.44%. Any police manager will tell you that homicide is one of the most difficult crimes to predict and prevent. Preventing other types of crimes, especially violent crimes, will help reduce the number of homicides. Metro is aldo working on its approach to domestic violence, since many homicides have a link to prior domestic violence incidents.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Holiday Gift Suggestion -- Emegency Needs

Here's a message we got from Clark County government...

If you’re in the market for some holiday gift ideas for friends and family, consider adding emergency preparedness items to your shopping list.

“Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere,” said Clark County Emergency Manager Jim O’Brien. “The holiday season is a great time of year to give gifts that help ensure you and your loved ones are prepared.”

Emergency managers recommend taking a few minutes during a family gathering to discuss with loved ones what they would do in case of an emergency or disaster and how you would get in touch with one another if separated. It’s best to choose a primary and secondary meeting place in case an emergency affects your home or neighborhood. You also should designate an out-of-state contact for family members to call in the event they are separated. In an emergency, it's often easier to call out-of-state than within an affected area.

In addition to creating a family communications plan, it’s important to be informed of hazards our area faces and to tune into local TV and radio during emergencies. The hazards Clark County is most vulnerable to include: communicable disease, wildfire, flooding, earthquake and extreme heat. Emergency managers recommend you build a disaster supply kit before an emergency strikes. Several recommended items would make possible holiday gifts. The list includes:

• Disaster kits for homes, offices and autos (first aid kits, food, water, prescription medications, extra clothing, blankets and flashlights)
• NOAA weather radios with extra batteries
• Enrollment in a CPR or first-aid class
• Smoke detectors
• Pet disaster kits (food, water, leashes, dishes, and carrying case or crate)
• Fire extinguishers (for kitchen, garage, car etc.)
• Foldable ladders for second-story escape in a fire.
• Car kits (emergency flares, shovels, ice scrapers, flashlights and fluorescent distress flags)
• Battery-powered lamps


Clark County’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security has more information about preparedness on its Web site at www.accessclarkcounty.com. Additional Internet resources include the American Red Cross, www.redcross.org; the Federal Emergency Management Agency, www.Ready.gov; and the Southern Nevada Health District, www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Manhunt Monday: Brian Velasquez


Brian Jari Velasquez is wanted on various felony charges after an encounter with private security guards at a casino/hotel on August 23, 2009. According to LVMPD, Velasquez and at least one other individual were approached in a hotel/casino parking lot by security officers on bicycles. The security personnel were investigating a possible in-progress auto burglary. When confronted by the security officers Velasquez and his accomplice attempted to run over the officers, striking and injuring both victims. The suspects also ran over the officers bicycles. The suspects then fled the area in an older model 2-door Honda Accord.

Velasquez is currently wanted for:
• Attempt murder with a deadly weapon [2 counts],
• Battery with a deadly weapon [ 2 counts],
• Attempt auto burglary, and
• Unlawful possession of burglary tools.

Velasquez is a Hispanic male adult, 21 years of age, standing 5'10" tall and weighing approximately 160 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes. He has numerous aka’s, including:
• Brian Velasquez Mencia,
• Brian Mencia Velasquez,
• Brian Jari Mencia,
• Brian Macia,
• Brian Mecia,
• Brian Jari Valasquez,
• Brian Velasquea,
• Brian Jari Macia, and
• Brallanh Esmith

Velasquez’s last known address was in the 3700 block of White Quail Ct. in North Las Vegas.

Velasquez’s criminal history includes arrests for:
• Obstructing a public officer, and
• Traffic and vehicle related offenses.

Anyone with any information concerning the whereabouts of Brian Jari Velasquez is urged to contact the L.V.M.P.D. Fugitive Detail at 828-3578 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555

Friday, December 4, 2009

More Cyber-shopping advice from Metro

In an effort to keep consumers safe, the LVMPD is offering the following information for Internet shoppers:

• Beware of fraudulent classified ads or auction sales. Internet criminals post classified ads or auctions for products they do not actually have. They then purchase the items with stolen credit cards and have the merchant ship directly to the buyer. Consumers should be suspicious of any items not shipped directly from the auction site.

• Similarly, be careful when purchasing gift cards from auction sites. The card you receive may be stolen and therefore deactivated.

• Always compare the link in an email to the link you are directed to; they should match.

• Be leery of emails or text messages you receive indicating a problem with your financial accounts.

• Beware of spoofed web sites. A spoofed web site is a fake site or copy of a real web site that misleads the recipient into providing personal information that is routed to the criminal’s personal computer.

• Do not respond to unsolicited (spam) email.

• Log-on directly to an official web site. Don’t use an email link to the web site and then log-on; you may have been redirected without your knowledge.

• Be suspicious of a business that only has a P.O. Box as an address.

• Get everything in writing.

• Verify the identity of the company and/or salesperson. Remember, criminals use false names! You can verify license numbers through the Better Business Bureau.

• Ask yourself, “What guarantee do I have that this solicitor will use my money in the manner we agreed upon?”

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Crime by the Numbers: South Central

In Metro's South Central area commnad, auto burglary is down more than 12% year-to-date, compared to 2008. Historically, Metro sees a slight uptick of auto burglary in December. Captain Brian Greenway suspects that's because people are so rushed, they often forget their usual safety efforts.

FEMA drill pulls out of Las Vegas

Score one for the LVCVA, Emergency Preparedness efforts zero. It seems that the political pressure against a planned exercise with a "nuclear detonation on the Las Vegas Strip" scenario worked. We already knew that FEMA had agreed to move the drill to Sunset Park, so satisfy the tourist concerns. Today, word that the drill is leaving Las Vegas altogether. So, LVCVA gets its way. One has to wonder though: what happens to all the revenue from the hotel rooms the visiting drill participants were going to stay in?
Here's the press release from FEMA:


DHS ANNOUNCES UPDATED INFORMATION ON THE 2010 NATIONAL LEVEL EXERCISE


WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Homeland Security announced additional details regarding the National Level Exercise planned for 2010.



The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Preparedness Directorate initially investigated several options, including Las Vegas, Nevada. While initial plans did identify Las Vegas as a possible location for the event, working closely with local officials DHS has decided to explore other options. No final location has been announced at this time, and DHS will continue to work with our federal partners to find an appropriate venue for this important event.



At the direction of Secretary Napolitano, FEMA will continue to evaluate the planning and execution process for all major exercises and to ensure they are conducted in the most useful and cost effective manner. National Level Exercises provide an important opportunity for DHS, FEMA, federal partners, as well as state and local entities to participate in simulated scenarios that allow first responders and emergency managers to hone skills and build experience.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Manhunt Monday: Jonathan Koppenhaver


Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver is a white male adult, 28 years of age, standing 5'11" tall and weighing approximately 185 lbs. With brown hair and brown eyes.

Koppenhaver is a Mixed-Martial Arts fighter, and sometimes uses the name “War Machine.” According to Metro Police, he may have attempted to adopt "War Machine" as his legal name. He also uses the first name of “Jon”, and has a distinctive tattoo of a hand grenade on the left side of his neck.

Koppenhaver’s last known address was in the 5000 block of West Hacienda in Las Vegas.

Koppenhaver’s criminal record includes arrests for:
• Battery,
• Obstructing a Public Officer, and
• Possession of a stolen firearm.

On September 1 , 2009, Koppenhaver became involved in a violent domestic disturbance with his girlfriend. During that incident he beat and choked his victim. Because of this he is currently wanted for:
• Battery, Domestic violence and
• Domestic battery by Strangulation.

Because of Koppenhaver’s criminal record involving stolen firearms, he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with any information concerning the whereabouts of Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver should contact the L.V.M.P.D. Fugitive Detail at 828-3578 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

Santa Cops

The holidays will soon be a little bit brighter for 112 underprivileged children. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Target Corporation are again joining forces to bring holiday cheer to selected community members with “Santa Cops.”
The program will be held Saturday, December 5, 2009, from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. at the Target store located at 278 S. Decatur Blvd. The objective of this charitable program is to provide a holiday shopping experience for underprivileged children, while fostering good community relations between the LVMPD and local citizens.
Over 100 LVMPD employees will shop with pre-selected children from throughout the Las Vegas Valley. The children participating in this event have been identified as children-in-need by the LVMPD officers and employees working in their neighborhoods.
The majority of the total funds (over $15,000) for this program were raised and donated by LVMPD employees throughout the year. Target also made a financial donation and generously allows the use of its store.
At 7:10 a.m. a SWAT vehicle will bring Santa from the North Pole to visit with the children. The vehicle will drive through the Target parking lot before dropping Santa off for free photos.
Children for this event have already been selected and notified.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Safe Cyber Shopping

Looking to avoid the crowds by shopping online a little this year. You still need to be on the lookout for crooks. Crime Tracker 3 producer Eric Wiener spoke to Metro Detective Stacy Twigg about how to protect your credit card information online.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Crime by the Numbers: SEAC Home Invasions

There have been 24 home invasion robberies in Metro's South East Area Command so far in 2009. Right now, Captain David O'Leary and his officers are coming up with a plan to target that crime in the new year. He spoke with Crime Tracker 3's Sophia Choi about home invasion robberies.

Crime by the Numbers: Metro South East

Metro's South East Area command saw 20 of the 108 homicides so far this year in Metro's jurisdiction. The homicide rate there is up 54% from last year. That's the highest rate of increase in all of Metro. Overall, Metro's homicides are down a little more than nine percent.
Sophia Choi talked to Captain David O'Leary about homicides, and how he and his officers are working to reduce their frequency.

Preview: Crime by the Numbers

Today may be a holiday, but the Crime Tracker 3 team isn't taking the day off. Tonight at 4pm, we'll explore the high rate of homicides in Metro's South East Area Command. Then at 6pm, we'll find out how South East Area officers are planning now to take on a troubling crime trend in the coming year.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Photos of Officer Trevor Nettleton

Photos of Officer Trevor Nettleton, to be shown during his memorial on Wednesday, Nov. 25. This is a montage of personal photos, arranged by Metro Police. There are several shots from when he was in the Marines, including one with his father and President G.W. Bush. There are photos of his family and fellow squad members from Metro's Bolden Area Command.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Remembering Officer Nettleton: Changing of the Guard

In this video clip provided by Metro Police, the honor guard watching over the casket of Officer Trevor Nettleton changes.

Route for Funeral Procession for Officer Trevor Nettleton

Metro police would like to advise the public to expect delays in the following areas due to the funeral procession for fallen Officer Trevor Nettleton:

9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. Depart from Palm Mortuary 7600 S. Eastern

10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. Enroute and arrival at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church at 1811 Pueblo Vista Drive.

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Services at the church

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Enroute to grave site service at Palms Mortuary 6701 N.
Jones


Route from Palm Mortuary 7600 S. Eastern to the Church:


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N/B Eastern.
W/B Sunset
N/B L.V. Blvd
N/B U.S. 95
W/B Summerlin Parkway
N/B Durango
E/B Vegas
N/B Pueblo Vista
To 1811 Pueblo Vista Drive (church) West side of the street.

Note: NHP, NLV and HPD motors will handle all intersection blockages for the motorcade.

Route from Saint Elizabeth Church to Grave Site Service 6701 N. Jones:
1300(approx.) – ENTIRE Procession will depart


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N/B Pueblo Vista
W/B Lake Mead
S/B Rampart
W/B Summerlin Parkway
N/B 215
N/B Jones to Palm Mortuary

***Jones will be closed for north and south bound traffic from I-215 to Deer Springs approximately 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.***

You are advised to please avoid the areas or seek an alternate route. Thank you for your consideration.

First Tuesday: Drunk & Drugged Driving in Dec.

Holiday celebrations often lead to excessive drinking. Especially during this time of year, Metro wants the public to be aware of the dangers of driving while impaired.
On Tuesday, December 1, 2009, the topic for the First Tuesday programs will be Drunk & Drugged Driving. During the First Tuesday event, each area command will be staffed with a speaker from Metro’s Traffic Bureau. The officers will provide information on the realities of, and penalties for, driving under the influence.
On the first Tuesday of every month, each LVMPD Area Command hosts a “First Tuesday” program for the public. The First Tuesday programs always start at 7:00 p.m. and include a free lecture about a law enforcement topic. Issues pertinent to local neighborhoods are also discussed.
The purpose of the First Tuesday program is to make the police department more accessible to the public, and to encourage citizens to visit their neighborhood area command.
The public is welcome to attend any First Tuesday program; there will be one at each LVMPD area command.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Manhunt Monday: George Rojas


On September 9, 2008 Metro narcotics officers arrested George Rojas for numerous charges following an investigation into the illegal sale of controlled substances. Rojas, however, was released on bail, and has failed to appear in court as ordered. He is therefore wanted on outstanding felony warrants for:
• Trafficking in Cocaine,
• Possession of methamphetamine with the intent to sell, and
• Possession of Cocaine with the intent to sell.

Nearly a year later, on September 3, 2009, Rojas became involved in an argument with his sister. The argument turned violent, and Rojas attacked his sister and attempted to strangle her. When other family members intervened, his victim was able to escape and call the police. Rojas fled the area prior to the arrival of officers, and is currently wanted for:
• Battery, domestic violence, and
• Felony Domestic battery by strangulation.

Rojas is a Hispanic male adult, 27 years of age, standing 5'8" tall and weighing approximately 200 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes.

He also sometimes goes by the names of:
• Eric Gonzalez, and
• Enrique Rojas.

Rojas has a 1" scar near his left eye. His last known address was in the 3500 block of Lake Mead. He is also known to frequent the apartments located in the 2300 block of Rock Springs Drive. Both addresses are within Las Vegas.

Prior to these crimes Rojas’s criminal history consisted of traffic and driving
related offenses.

Anyone with any information concerning the whereabouts of George Rojas should contact the L.V.M.P.D. Fugitive Detail at 828-3578 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

Arrangements for Corr. Ofcr. Daniel Leach

Funeral Service
Saturday, November 28, 2009
10:00 a.m.
Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer
55 E. Reno, Las Vegas (street across from Luxor Hotel)

Internment
Saturday, November 28, 2009
(immediately following funeral) Approx. 12:30 p.m.
Boulder City “City Cemetery”
501 Adams Blvd.
Boulder City, NV

Hate in Nevada on the Rise

The FBI's annual report on Hate Crime for 2008 shows increases across the board for the LVMPD's jurisdiction. Here are the results, as reported by the FBI.

Race bias: 39 incidents, up 116%.
Religious bias: 18 incidents, up 28%.
Sexual orientation bias: 12 incidents, up 100%.
Ethnic bias: 15 incidents, up 7%

Given the first minority major-party presidential candidate, and the prominence of gay rights ballot measures, one might make the assumption that racial and sexual orientation bias incidents may have increased and peaked around Election Day 2008. The statistics do not show that. There were 24 incidents in the first quarter of 2004 in Clark County, 36 in the second quarter, 14 in the third, and 10 in the fourth quarter.
North Las Vegas Police reported two incidents of racial bias and three incidents of ethinic bias in 2008. Henderson, Boulder City, and Mesquite Police reported no incidents.

For some national perspective, here's a story from the AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI is blaming sharp increases in hate crimes involving gays and religious groups for an overall rise of about 2 percent in hate crimes last year.
Data released today indicate that hate crimes based on sexual orientation rose nearly 11 percent, while religion-based crimes were up nearly 9 percent. However, the federal figures showed that racially motivated hate crimes fell less than 1 percent.
Overall, roughly a third of all hate crimes involved vandalism or property damage, while 30 percent involved some form of intimidation and another 30 percent physical attacks on individuals, including seven murders.
Officials say the increase in numbers may also be linked to the growing number of agencies tracking hate crimes.
Today's release comes less than a month after President Barack Obama signed a bill expanding the number of categories of those covered by the federal law against hate crimes. The law now covers crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

Services for Officer Nettleton


VISITATION:
Visitation Services for Officer Trevor Nettleton will take place on Tuesday, November 24, 2009, at Palm Mortuary, 6701 N. Jones Boulevard from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. A short prayer vigil will occur at 6:00 p.m., and last for approximately 30 minutes.

FUNERAL SERVICES:
A Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday, November 25th, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church, 1811 Pueblo Vista Drive in Las Vegas. Interment will immediately follow.

INTERMENT:
Officer Nettleton will be laid to rest at Palm Mortuary and Cemetery Northwest, 6701 N. Jones Boulevard.

Today on News 3: two more suspects are now in custody. Those teens, and the three others arrested last week, are scheduled to be in a North Las Vegas courtroom. This afternoon, a vigil is planned at 4pm for Officer Nettleton and Corrections Officer Daniel Leach, who died in a crash on Saturday.

Friday, November 20, 2009

SWAT: Down the Dam

We'll have some of the coolest video the Crime Tracker 3 team has shot in a long while coming up on News 3 at 5. The team went along with the Henderson Police SWAT unit as they trained on the face of the Hoover Dam. Their rapelling skills come into play in lots of unusual circumstances. They may need to descend from above to gain access to a room where a hostage crisis is unfolding... or just to place a camera on a window to look in. We combined footage shot from two different cameras and snyched up the video, so you have a look at the same action from two angles.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Phone book or flag?

The other morning, I found a phone book on my landing outside my door. I'm glad I tripped on it on the way out, because the alternative would have been finding it as I returned home. After doing so many stories with crime prevention specialists, I think of a phone book on my landing as a flag to burglars saying "no one is inside this home" or "they haven't been home for a while."
Tonight at 5pm, Gerard Ramalho finds out how to get off the list and stop receiving a phone book, and answers the question "who uses phone books anymore?"

Monday, October 26, 2009

Manhunt Monday - Leobardo Gutierrez


At approximately 10:30 in the evening on May 7 , 2009, Metro Police say Leobardo Gutierrez fired numerous shots into a group of rival gang members who were standing near the intersection of Spring Mountain and Hauck. Three persons within that group were injured.

As an outgrowth of that crime Leobardo Duarte Gutierrez is wanted on
outstanding felony warrants for:
• Conspiracy to commit murder,
• Attempted murder with a deadly weapon,
• Assault with a deadly weapon,
• Battery with a deadly weapon,
• Carrying a concealed firearm, and
• Ex-felon in possession of a firearm.

Leobardo Duarte Gutierrez is a Hispanic male, 26 years of age, standing 5'10" tall and weighing approximately 170 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes. His last known address was in the 3900 block of Costa Mesa Avenue in Las Vegas.

Gutierrez’s criminal history includes arrests for:
• Obstructing a public officer,
• Contributing to the delinquency of a minor,
• Removing the serial number from a firearm,
• Possession of burglary tools,
• Auto burglary,
• Affray,
• Possession of a stolen vehicle, and
• Possession of stolen property

Gutierrez should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with any information concerning the whereabouts of Leobardo Duarte Gutierrez should contact the L.V.M.P.D. Gang Crimes Bureau at 828-3309 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555

Monday, October 19, 2009

Manhunt Monday - David McCoy


In March 2008 David Kartez McCoy became involved in a domestic dispute with his ex-girlfriend. The argument turned violent, and McCoy battered his victim. Officers located McCoy several months later and arrested him on that charge, along with other outstanding warrants for similar crimes. McCoy was subsequently released on bail, and has failed to appear in court as ordered.

David Kartez McCoy is currently wanted for:
• Felony Battery - domestic violence; three or more priors in seven years,
• Felony Battery with a deadly weapon with substantial bodily harm, and
• Misdemeanor Battery, domestic violence

McCoy is a black male adult, 38 years of age, standing 5'7" tall and weighing approximately 200 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes. McCoy also uses the last names of “Ford” and “McCoyford”, and sometimes goes by the street names of “Mac” and “Mac-d”.

McCoy has the following tattoo’s:
• “Lil Lawrence RIP” on his abdomen,
• The words “Dejah Taje” and “”Pay me or pay me no attention” on his chest,
• The words “Zig Zag Man”, “Student of Game”, “Big Syko” , and the phrase “Do 3's get to go to Heaven”, all on his right upper arm,
• The words: Hustler” and “Preces”, and the phrase “Who do you believe in” on his left arm, along with a picture of a cross,
• Chinese writing on his right forearm, and
• The Star of David on his left forearm.

McCoy has an extensive criminal record, including arrests for:
• Battery,
• Multiple arrests for battery domestic violence,
• Convicted person failure to change address,
• Contempt of Court,
• Possession of marijuana, and
• Over 30 traffic and vehicle related violations.

Anyone with any information concerning the whereabouts of David Kartez McCoy is urged to contact the L.V.M.P.D. Criminal Apprehension Team at 636-5065 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wash a car, remember an officer

On Saturday, October 17th, local members of the "Police Unity Tour" will be washing cars at Saturn of Henderson (Valley Auto Mall 310 N. Gibson Rd.) to raise money for the 2010 Tour.
The primary purpose of the Police Unity Tour is to raise awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty. The secondary purpose is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial & Museum.
In 2010, riders from both southern and northern Nevada will be riding for Officers James Manor and Milburn Beitel whose names will be placed on the wall in Washington D.C. during National Law Enforcement Week. Each rider needs to raise $1700 in order to participate in the tour.
The car wash fund raiser will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m.
Please come out and support the riders who have made the commitment to ride from New Jersey to Washington D.C. in support of their fallen brothers.
The motto for the Unity Tour is “We ride for those who died.”

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Openings on Metro Citizen Review Board

News release from Clark County:

Applications Sought to Fill Three Vacancies on the Citizen Review Board; Deadline is Nov. 20

Those who think they can objectively review Internal Affairs investigations and complaints filed against Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department peace officers and corrections officers may wish to apply to serve on the 25-member Citizen Review Board, which will have three vacancies come January.

The Citizen Review Board is accepting applications through Nov. 20 from those eligible to serve in the volunteer, non-paying positions.

To be eligible, applicants must be residents of unincorporated Clark County or the city of Las Vegas, cannot have any felony convictions, cannot be an elected official, cannot be a present peace officer or former peace officer employed by Metro, or biologically related to such a person. Applicants do not necessarily need to possess any police or investigative skills but must be objective in their work on the board.

Potential members must have a flexible schedule and all members who are selected must complete two mandatory training sessions each year, attend the Citizen Police Academy and conduct a police ride-along.

Applications may be printed from the Citizen’s Review Board website at www.citizenreviewboard.com and must be received by Nov. 20 for consideration for the 2010 term, which begins Jan. 4 and ends Jan. 7, 2013. The Clark County Commission and the Las Vegas City Council each appoint half the members of the board, though the three vacancies are county appointees.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Traffic advisory for Police Funeral



On Wednesday, October 14, Metro Officer Milburn Beitel will be burried with full law enforcement honors. Metro Police would like to advise the public to expect delays in the following areas due to the funeral procession:

9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. Depart from Palm Mortuary 1325 N. Main street

10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. Enroute and arrival at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church at 1811 Pueblo Vista Drive.

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Services at the church

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Enroute to grave site service at Palms Mortuary 7600 S. Eastern

Route from Palm Mortuary Main St. to the Church:
Southbound on Main St.
Eastbound on Washington
Southbound on Las Vegas Blvd.
Northbound on US 95
Northbound on Summerlin Parkway
Northbound on Durango
Eastbound on Vegas Dr.
Northbound on Puebla Vista
To 1811 Puebla Vista, Saint Elizabeth Church

*** Pueblo Vista will shut down to north and south bound traffic from Vegas Drive to Lake Mead from approx 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.***

Route from Saint Elizabeth Church to Grave Site Service 7600 S. Eastern:
Northbound on Pueblo Vista Dr.
Westbound on Lake Mead
Southbound on the 215
Eastbound on Warm Springs Rd.
Southbound on Topaz St.
To 7600 S. Eastern Palm Mortuary

****Eastern will be closed for north and south bound traffic from Robindale to Warm Springs from approx 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.***

You are advised to please avoid the areas or seek an alternate route.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Manhunt Monday - Desiree Boucher


Metro pressed state lawmakers for a new law this year, increasing the penalties for attempted strangulation during a domestic violence situation. Now Metro is trying to locate one of the first people charged under that new law.

Desiree Dahlia Boucher is a white female, 32 years of age, standing 5'10" tall and weighing approximately 130 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes. Her last known address was in the 7200 block of Las Vegas Boulevard North.

In June of 2009 Boucher became involved in a violent domestic dispute with her husband. Boucher struck the victim several times, and the placed her hands around his neck in an attempt to choke him. Officers arrived in time to stop Boucher, and arrested her for both that attack and several additional arrest warrants.

Desiree Boucher failed to appear in court as required, and is now wanted for:
• Battery domestic violence,
• Domestic battery by strangulation, and
• Failure to yield the right away.

Prior to these events, Boucher’s criminal history included arrests for:
• Obstructing a Police Officer,
• Traffic related offenses,
• Trespass,
• Loitering for the purpose of prostitution,
• Attempted escape,
• Battery domestic violence, and
• Soliciting prostitution.

Anyone with any information concerning the whereabouts of Desiree Dahlia Boucher is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 385-5555 or the L.V.M.P.D. Fugitive Detail at 828-3578.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Manhunt Monday Capture - Ana Marie Balos


On October 1, 2009 Metro Police located and arrested Ana Marie Balos. As we told you in September, Balos was wanted for attempting to cash a forged check at a casino. Metro received a tip on Balos's location from a person who saw a News 3 Manhunt Monday report.

Manhunt Monday - Martin Velarde


In August of 2009 Metro Officers responded to an address in the Northeast part of Las Vegas to investigate a report of sexual crimes against a minor. As a outgrowth of that investigation, officers quickly identified Martin Velarde as the suspect, located and arrested him.

Velarde was released on bail, and failed to appear in court as ordered. Velarde is currently wanted for the felony crime of Statutory sexual seduction.

Martin Velarde is a white male adult, 21 years of age, standing 5'11" tall and weighing approximately 140 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes. Velarde also uses the last name “Belarte”. Velarde’s last known address was on Del Amo Street, near Charleston Boulevard, in Northeast Las Vegas. Prior to this crime Velarde had no significant criminal history.

Anyone with any information concerning the location of Martin Velarde is urged to contact the L.V.M.P.D. Juvenile Sexual Abuse Detail at 828-3307 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Getting ready for Halloween

As we do every October, Crime Tracker 3 spends some of our time helping parents and kids get ready for Halloween. Earlier this week, Crime Tracker 3 producer Eric Wiener interviewed Metro PIO Bill Cassell. He had some great information on Halloween safety, from picking the right light-source for a child to carry, to picking the right mask.



Metro's Convetion Center and Southeast Area Commands will hold a "Trunk or Treat" Safe Halloween event, from 5pm to 7pm. We asked Officer Cassell about the quality of the candy available for kids, and he says he's seen it and it is "good candy."

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

First Tuesday - Crime Prevention

Here's an announcement from Metro about First Tuesday, coming up on Oct. 6.

Metro encourages the public to implement crime prevention measures. On Tuesday, October 6, 2009, the topic for the First Tuesday programs will be Crime Prevention. Each area command will offer safety tips to participants. Topics will vary from area command to area command based on the needs of the local neighborhood. Sample topics include home security, locksmith scams, and tourist safety.

On the first Tuesday of every month, each LVMPD Area Command hosts a “First Tuesday” program for the public. The First Tuesday programs always start at 7:00 p.m. and include a free lecture about a law enforcement topic. Issues pertinent to local neighborhoods are also discussed.

The purpose of the First Tuesday program is to make the police department more accessible to the public, and to encourage citizens to visit their neighborhood area command.

The public and the media are welcome to attend any First Tuesday program; there will be one at each LVMPD area command.
For the exact crime prevention topics that will be discussed at your local area command, please contact the area command and ask for the Crime Prevention Specialist or Community Oriented Police Officer.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Manhunt Monday - Carlos Sibrian


Carlos Alcides Sibrian is a sex offender, who is required by law to register his address with law enforcement. Metro says he has not registered. He is currently wanted on a felony warrant charging him with one count of:
• Failure to register or change address by sex offender.

Sibrian is a Hispanic male adult, 25 years of age, standing 5'8" tall and weighing approximately 160 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes. He uses several names, including Guilian Mejivar and Carlos Sarballo. Sibrian also goes by the street name “Scrappy”. His last known address was in the 1000 block of East Fremont.



Carlos Alcides Sibrian has multiple tattoos including:
• The initials “LASC” on his left forearm,
• The numbers “323" and “213" on his left forearm,
• A spider on his left arm,,
• A cross on his left arm, and
• The words “only God can judge me”, also on his left arm.
Sibrian’s criminal record includes:
• Numerous arrests for being a sex offender and failing to change address,
• Battery domestic violence,
• Obstructing a Public Officer,
• Interstate transportation and sale of drugs,
• Possession of a controlled substance - marijuana, and
• Ex-felon in possession of a concealed firearm

Carlos Alcides Sibrian should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with any
information concerning the whereabouts of Carlos Alcides Sibrian should contact the
L.V.M.P.D. Sex Offender Apprehension Program at 828-2963 or Crime stoppers at 385-
5555.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Walk against Child Trafficking

We got this news release about an important event on Saturday...

WALK TO RAISE AWARENESS AND FUNDS TO COMBAT CHILD TRAFFICKING, SLAVERY AND PROSTITUTION TO BE HELD IN DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS, SEPT. 26

Illegal prostitution is rampant in Las Vegas and one of its most egregious forms is the trafficking of children. Las Vegas has become a magnet for predators to prey on children from all over the U.S. for the purposes of trafficking, slavery and prostitution. In a recent 13 year period, nearly 1,500 children from 40 states were identified as victims of sex trafficking in Las Vegas. Additionally in one month in 2007, 400 prostituted children were found on the streets of Las Vegas.

On the weekend of September 26-27, Stop Child Trafficking Now (SCTNow), a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating child trafficking will be holding a “walk” in 50 locations throughout the U.S. to raise awareness of the problem and funds to combat it. Las Vegas will be one of the sites and the walk will be held in downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, September 26, beginning at 5:20 p.m.

Following are the details of this event:

WHEN: Saturday, September 26

WHERE: Corner of Fremont and North 8th Streets, Downtown Las Vegas

SCHEDULE:
·3:30 p.m. Featured Programs On Display
Representatives from local/national non-profits working to
fight child slavery and prostitution in Las Vegas will be
available to answer questions and distribute literature.

·4 p.m. Registration

·4:30 – 5:15 Program
Speakers sharing case studies about trafficked youth.
-- Larry Lovelett from Nevada Partnership for Homeless
Youth will share on “Breaking Down the Walls: Family,
Homelessness, and Industry.

·5:20 – 6 Walk
Walk will begin and end at corner of Fremont and North
8ths streets. Route will go to 9th Street, Gass Avenue, 6th
Street, Hoover Street, Las Vegas Blvd, Fremont and 8th.

·6:10 – 6:30 Program
Speech by Dr. Alexis Kennedy, UNLV, on “Serious
Solutions for a Demanding Problem: Four Integral
Strategies for Ending Slavery.”

Monday, September 21, 2009

Manhunt Monday - Michael Shane Saunders


In April of 2009, Michael Shane Saunders became involved in a violent physical confrontation with a female relative. During this fight the victim was
punched by Saunders in the mouth. Saunders fled prior to the arrival of
officers.

Several weeks ago Metro detectives were close to capturing Saunders. As the officers were entering the front of a business to arrest Saunders a fellow employee managed to warn him of the arrival of officers. Saunders fled out the rear of the business and escaped.

Saunders is a black male adult, 30 years of age, standing 5'10" tall with black hair and brown eyes. Saunders weight varies, and is usually between 185 and 235 lbs. His last known address was in the 300 block of Sturgeon Lane in Las Vegas.

Saunders has numerous tattoo’s including:
• “Big Mike” across his back,
• Multiple tattoo’s on both shoulders,
• “Trust no Bitch” on his left arm,
• Pictures of playing cards on his left arm,
• A cross on his right forearm,
• The name “Kiera” on his chest,
• A picture of calenders on his abdomen,
• The word “sparkle” on his right upper chest,
• A picture of a family scroll on his left arm,
• A picture of a smoking gun on his left lower abdomen,
• The name “Kiana Lynne” on his right chest, and
• Multiple oriental symbols on his right arm.

Saunders is currently wanted foe one count each of:
• Felony child abuse,
• Battery - domestic violence, and
• Battery - domestic violence 2nd offense.

Prior to this event Saunders had an extensive criminal record including arrests for:
• Numerous domestic violence related crimes,
• Battery, and Battery with substantial bodily harm,
• Possession of a controlled substance,
• Possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell,
• Robbery, and robbery; victim over 65, and
• Possession of a stolen vehicle.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Michael Shane Saunders should contact Metro’s Fugitive Detail at 828-3578 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Mac & Metro

During the holiday season Metro police officers host numerous charitable programs to benefit the community. To help fund those community-based programs, Metro officers are teaming up with the Macaroni Grill for “Mac & Metro.”

On Friday, September 25 , the Macaroni Grill on Lake Mead and Rainbow will host a fundraiser th to benefit Friends of Metro, a non-profit organization that supports the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department by providing funds, training resources, and support not otherwise covered through the customary budget process.

Specifically, money raised at Mac & Metro will be used to support upcoming child-based community events like Metro’s Trunk-or-Treat and Santa Cops. During Mac & Metro, LVMPD officers will volunteer their time to collect donations at the restaurant; they will even help serve food for an extra tip.

The media and the public are invited to attend Mac & Metro.
For more information contact Anne Sagel, Community Affairs Manager, at 828-0148 (w) 715-4736(cell) or Kara LaVecchia from the Macaroni Grill at 648-6688.

Mac & Metro Fundraiser for Friends of Metro (Trunk-or-Treat & Santa Cops)
Friday, September 25, 2009
Macaroni Grill
2001 N. Rainbow (at Lake Mead)
Lunch: 11 - 3
Dinner: 5 - 9

Monday, September 14, 2009

Manhunt Monday - Carlos Henriquez


On March 14, 2009 Carlos Antonio Henriquez was the driver of a 1999 Dodge Ram pickup which was involved in a multi-vehicle collision at the intersection of East Tropicana and South Titanium Ave. in the Southeast part of Las Vegas. James Corrao was killed in that crash.

Carlos Henriquez is a Hispanic male adult, 53 years of age, standing 5'6" tall and weighing approximately 165 lbs. with black hair and black eyes. His last known address was in the 4800 block of Merrill Circle in Las Vegas.

Henriquez’s truck struck Corrao's 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle, ejecting and killing Corrao. Corrao's wife, Debbie, was forced to lay down her bike to keep from also being struck.

Henriquez fled the scene and crashed into a fence a block from the accident where witnesses detained him until the police arrived. Henriquez was arrested for multiple charges that night, and was booked into the Clark County Detention Center. For reasons detailed in a Crimetracker 3 Special report in July, Henriquez was released with no bond.

He later failed to make his scheduled court appearances, so warrants were issued for:
• Felony driving under the influence of alcohol involving death,
• Leaving the scene of an accident with injury,
• Unsafe lane change, and
• Open container in vehicle - alcohol.

Prior to this incident Henriquez had no known criminal record.
Anyone with any information concerning the whereabouts of Carlos Antonio Henriquez is urged to contact the L.V.M.P.D. Traffic Section at 828-3535 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Metro offers foreclosure seminar

The LVMPD recognizes that many valley neighborhoods have undergone changes due to the current economic challenges. Whether you are faced with losing your home or live in a neighborhood with vacant houses, there are services and options available to you. In response to these concerns, the LVMPD is offering a night of information for community members.

Participants available to offer assistance include LVMPD Crime Prevention, Old Republic Title Company, real estate law attorneys, loan modification representatives, and mortgage lenders.

While there are many sources of information available regarding the foreclosure crisis and the impact on communities, this evening of information is offered to provide discussion, options, and assistance with related concerns.

The seminar will take place on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. The seminar is free, however seating is limited to the first 60 people. Seating begins at 6:45 p.m. and the program will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The location is the South Central Area Command at 4860 S. Las Vegas Boulevard.

For more information contact please contact Lieutenant Jack Owen at 828-8160 or via e-mail at J4409O@lvmpd.com

Monday, September 7, 2009

Manhunt Monday -- Ana Marie Balos


Update: Balos was captured October 1, 2009 thanks to a tip from someone who saw her face on a News 3 Manhunt Monday report.

In December of 2008 Ana Marie Balos attempted to cash a forged check at a local casino by presenting fraudulent identification to casino cage personnel. She was detained by casino security, and when Metro Officers arrived she was placed under arrest. The following day Balos was released from jail on her own recognizance, and has failed to appear in court as required to answer the charges.


Warrants have now been issued for Ana Marie Balos charging her with one count each of:
• Burglary,
• Forgery,
• Attempted theft, and
• Possession of false identification.

In an additional but unrelated case, Balos is also wanted on outstanding warrants charging her with:
• Conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act,
• Sale of methamphetamine, and
• Trafficking in methamphetamine,

Ana Marie Balos is an Asian female, 37 years of age, standing 5'6" tall and
weighing approximately 165 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes. Her last known
address was in the 3900 block of Blairmore in North Las Vegas.

Balos’s criminal history includes arrests for:
• Trafficking in a controlled substance,
• Sale of a controlled substance,
• Violation of the controlled substance act,
• Conspiracy to commit theft, and
• Conspiracy to commit burglary.

Anyone with any knowledge of the whereabouts of Ana Marie Balos is urged to contact the L.V.M.P.D. Fugitive Detail at 828-3578 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Manhunt Monday - Ramon Daniels


Ramon Dynail Daniels last contact with Metro was in August 2009 when he was the driver of a vehicle stopped by police. When Daniels stopped the vehicle several passengers exited and fled the area on foot. Daniels then accelerated the vehicle and attempted to escape from officers. He drove several blocks before crashing into a light pole and himself fleeing on foot. Based on this criminal activity Daniels is wanted for Evading a Police Officer.

Daniels may have fled from officers because he knew he was wanted on an already existing warrant for possession of stolen property.

Daniels is a black male adult, 33 years of age, standing 6'4" tall and weighing 250 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes. He also uses the last name of House, and sometimes goes by the name of “Johnny Quest”.

Daniels has the names “Ann and Angelina” tattooed on his right arm, crosses tattooed on both his right and left arms, the picture of a man with a coat and hat on his left arm, and several letters or symbols tattooed on his left neck.

He also wears several distinctive hair styles, and usually has some type of a design cut into his hair on the left side of his head. His last known address was in the 3000 block of Lake East Drive in Las Vegas.

Daniels has numerous priors including:
• Multiple driving and drivers license violations,
• Narcotics related violations,
• Robbery, and
• Robbery with a deadly weapon.

Anyone with any information as to the whereabouts of Ramon Dynail Daniels is encouraged to contact The Bolden Area Command main number of 828-3347 or Crime Stoppers at 386-5555.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Manhunt Monday - William Fountain


William Christopher Fountain is a white male adult, 30 years of age, standing 6/2" tall and weighing approximately 180 lbs. with brown hair and green eyes. His last known address was in the 2000 block of Garnet Gable in Las Vegas.
Fountain has an extensive and violent criminal history including:

• Kidnaping,
• Robbery with a deadly weapon,
• Attempted murder,
• Possession of a stolen vehicle,
• Battery domestic violence, multiple offenses,
• Numerous narcotics related charges,
• Possession of a firearm by a prohibited person,
• Possession of a stolen firearm,
• X-felon in possession of a concealed firearm,
• Possession of stolen property,
• Possession of burglary tools, and
• Numerous traffic related offenses.

In August of 2008 Fountain came into contact with officers during a traffic stop in the southeast part of Las Vegas. During their investigation it was discovered Fountain, who is prohibited from legally possessing a firearm because of his criminal record, was caring an unregistered handgun concealed within his underwear. Fountain was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and booked into the Clark County Detention Center on one count of carrying a concealed firearm. After being released on bail, Fountain failed to make his required court appearance, and is now wanted for Carrying a concealed weapon.

In June of 2009 Fountain forced his way into the home of his former girlfriend. He violently attacked her with his fists, and threatened her with a crowbar, before dragging her down the hall by her hair. He then stole several items from the home and fled before police arrived. Fountain is now also wanted for:

• Burglary,
• First degree kidnaping, and
• Battery, domestic violence.

William Christopher Fountain should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with any information concerning his whereabouts should contact the L.V.M.P.D. Criminal Apprehension team at 636-5065 or Crime stoppers at 385-5555.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Manhunt Monday: Patrick Trowbridge


Patrick John Trowbridge is a white male adult, 41 years of age, standing 5’11” tall and weighing 160 lbs. with red hair and green eyes. Trowbridge has tattoos on both of his arms and on his left chest, and sometimes uses the last name of “Tucker”. Trowbridge’s last known address was in the 2000 block of Lawry street in North Las Vegas.
Trowbridge has an extensive criminal history, including:
• Burglary [numerous counts],
• Possession of burglary tools,
• Possession of a stolen vehicle [numerous counts],
• Obstructing a Police Officer,
• Reckless Driving,
• Attempting to evade a Police Officer,
• DUI,
• Possession of a controlled substance [ numerous counts],
• Convicted person failure to register,
• Ex-felon in possession of a fire arm,
• Resisting a police officer,
• Possession of a dangerous weapon [numerous counts],
• Grand larceny – victim over 65,
• Possession of narcotics paraphernalia,
• Robbery, and
• Grand larceny [numerous counts].
On December 27, 2008 Trowbridge was spotted by patrol officers in the area of Viking and Arville Street driving a stolen vehicle. When Trowbridge realized he was about to be stopped by the officer, he stopped the car and attempted to flee on foot.
Trowbridge was ultimately captured and placed under arrest, but failed to appear in court as required. Trowbridge is currently wanted for Attempted possession of a stolen vehicle.
Anyone with any information concerning the whereabouts of Patrick John Tucker should contact the L.V.M.P.D. Fugitive Detail at 828-3578 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Manhunt Monday: Billy Cepero



UPDATE: Billy Cepero was apprehended August 26. An anonymous tip led Metro to his location. He ran out of the place he was hiding, and broke into a neighboring apartment. Metro's SWAT team surrounded Cepero, and took him into custody.




Metro Police are on the hunt for Billy Cepero, a Cuban born Hispanic male adult, 35 years of age, standing 5'6" tall and weighing 150 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes. He sometimes uses the last name of Velazquez.
Cepero’s last known address was in the 3300 block of Myrtle Ave in Las Vegas. In the past Cepero has been known to drive a silver 2008 4-door Mazda sedan.



Cepero has an extensive and violent criminal history including acts of:
• Domestic battery,
• Robbery with a deadly weapon,
• Trafficking in a controlled substance,
• Numerous credit card and fraud related crimes,
• Possession of a firearm by a prohibited person,
• Carrying a concealed weapon,
• Narcotics trafficking,
• Burglary, and
• Kidnapping with a deadly weapon.

On May 18, 2009 officers came in contact with Cepero while conducting an investigation in an apartment complex in the 3800 block of Cambridge. Cepero immediately became combative, and during the struggle attempted to draw a weapon from his waistband. Cepero discharged his firearm, striking himself in his buttocks, and wounding a Metro Officer in the Leg. Cepero was taken into custody at that time, but was later released on bail and has failed to appear in court.

Billy Cepero is currently wanted for:
• Ex-Felon in possession of a firearm,
• Resisting a public officer,
• Discharging a firearm at or into a structure,
• Battery on a Police Officer with substantial bodily harm, and
• Carrying a concealed weapon

Billy Cepero should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with any information
concerning this suspect should immediately contact the L.V.M.P.D. Fugitive Detail at
828-3578 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Manhunt Monday: Hayes & Moten

They're no "Bonnie and Clyde," but they are the first team featured on Manhunt Monday.
On May 22 , 2009 at approximately 1620 hrs. our two suspects, accompanied by two other individuals, entered a retail store in the 400 block of North Nellis carrying an empty shopping bag.
After filling the bag once with merchandise and leaving the store, they returned again with the empty bag for a second run.
When store clerks and a security officer attempted to intervene as they left the store with a second bag of stolen goods the suspects attacked them, turning the crime into a robbery.
On the day of the crime the suspects fled in a 1999 4-door Dodge sedan, green in color, with Nevada License plates. They may still be associated with this vehicle.
At the time of this crime our two suspects were in a romantic relationship.
While it is not know if that is still the case, they are both still wanted, and quite possibly will be found together.

SUSPECT # 1 – ROBERT LAQUIN HAYES is a black male adult, 18 years of age, standing 5'10" tall and weighing 150 lbs with black hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo of the letters “ROB G” on his right forearm. Hayes’last known address was in the 1600 block of North Stocker in North Las Vegas.





SUSPECT # 2 – SHELISHA MOTEN is a black female adult, 20 years of age, standing 5'8" tall and weighing 162 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes. She has tattoos of the names “Shay” on her left wrist,“Sheila” on her left forearm, and the words “Tweety Bird” on her right leg. Moten’s last known address was in the 1900 block of Hart Street in North Las Vegas.




Hayes and Moten are both wanted for the felony crimes of:
• Burglary,
• Robbery,
• Conspiracy to commit robbery and
• the gross misdemeanor crime of “Conspiracy to commit a crime”.

Anyone with any information concerning the whereabouts of either Robert Laquin Hayes or Shelisha Moten should contact the L.V.M.P.D. Fugitive Detail at 828-3578 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Metro asks all drivers to safely share the road with motorcycles

Recently Las Vegas has experienced several fatal motorcycle accidents. In an effort to stop this deadly trend, Metro is reminding all motorists to do their part and safely share the road with motorcycles.

Research shows that motorcyclists are about 37 times more likely than a car occupant to die in a traffic crash (per miles traveled). Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than vehicle occupants in the event of a crash. Also, motorcycles are some of the smallest vehicles on our valley roadways, and are often hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot.

Metro is offering the following tips for drivers to help keep motorcyclists safe on our roadways:

• Motorcycles are much lighter, and can normally stop much faster, than other vehicles. When following a motorcycle drivers should increase the distance between their vehicle and the motorcycle. A minimum interval of three to four seconds is recommended.
• Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes and entering intersections.
• Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
• Don’t rely on a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle. Motorcycle turn signals are often not selfcanceling, and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed.
• Remember the motorcycle is a vehicle with all of the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle on the roadway. Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width—never try to share a lane.

Metro is also offering the following tips for motorcycle riders to increase their own safety:
• Ensure all lights and electrical equipment on your motorcycle is in good working order.
• Remember -- you are smaller and harder to see than other vehicles.
• Avoid riding in poor weather conditions.
• Wear brightly colored protective gear, and a DOT-compliant helmet.
• Use turn signals for every turn or lane change, even if you think no one will see it.
• Combine hand and turn signals to draw more attention to yourself.
• Use reflective tape and stickers to increase visibility.
• Ride well within the capabilities of your motorcycle, and your abilities as a rider.
• Position yourself within the travel lane where you will be most visible to other drivers.

All drivers and motorcyclists are reminded to “Share the Responsibility – Share the Road.”

Monday, July 6, 2009

Manhunt Monday - Jorge Calderen


Jorge Calderen is a hispanic male adult, 61 years of age, standing 5’5"’ tall and weighing 180 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes. He also uses the last names of Calderen-Rodriguez, and sometimes just Rodriguez. Calderen’s last known address was at an apartment complex in the 700 block of East Flamingo Road.

In mid-June of 2008 Calderen became involved in a very violent fight with his live-in girlfriend. During this fight he attacked her numerous times with both his person and a large knife.

Because of this crime Jorge Calderen is wanted on outstanding warrants for:
• Battery / Domestic Violence and
• Felony Attempted Battery with Substantial Bodily Harm.

Prior to this incident Calderen had no known criminal record in Las Vegas. Because of the violence of this attack, Calderen should be considered a dangerous individual.
Anyone with any information as to the where-abouts of Jorge Calderen should contact the L.V.M.P.D. Fugitive Detail at 828-3578 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Henderson PD Reaches Out

The Henderson Police Department is inviting the public to a community outreach event.

In an effort to create more direct lines of communication between the police department and the citizens we serve, the Henderson Police Department is starting a new program. Officers plan to meet with members of the community and listen to their concerns in a face-to-face manner. The police department will then address those concerns in an effort to meet our goal of making Henderson the safest city in the country by providing premier police services through partnerships with our community.

This event is an opportunity to ask members of the police department any questions regarding laws, the police role, or voice suggestions. The Henderson Police Department looks forward to enhancing communication with the community.

Basic High School
400 Palo Verde
Auditorium
June 11, 2009
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Topics of discussion will be:

Burglar Proofing Your Home and Neighborhood Watch

Shaken Baby Syndrome – How To Recognize It and How To Stop It.

Police Officers and representatives from specialized units, and their equipment, will be present from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m, to meet and ask questions.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Manhunt Monday - Diamond Griffith



A teenager accused of burglary will face charges in adult court, if you can help find him. Our suspect is only 17 years old, but his criminal activities mean he's going to be treated like an adult in court.
Diamond Griffith is 5' 5"and weighs only about 100 pounds. He may be small, but he's accused of a big-time crime.

Metro says he and a partner were armed with a shotgun and a handgun when they broke into an apartment in April. The resident came back before they left, so they fought with her before running away.
He has the word "mariposa" tattooed down the inside of his right arm. On the outside of his arms he has the name "Dee", some dice, the word "Stup" with a dollar-sign "S".... and the words "Money Gang" across his hands.
Diamond Griffith was allowed to post bail, and then he skipped his court date.
If you've seen him, you can bring him to justice by calling Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.





Monday, April 27, 2009

Manhunt Monday: Maurice White


WHITE, MA U R I C E MHM for 04/27/09
I.D. # 0631459
Maurice White is a black male adult, 46 years of age, standing 6'0" tall and
weighing 170 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes. White has numerous
a.k.a.’s, and often uses the last names of:
• Moser,
• Brown,
• Evans, and,
• Milton,
He also frequently uses the first name of Michael, with the last names of:
• Eggleston,
• Evans,
• Etheridge, and
• Goldman.
Other names used have been:
• Larry Eggleston,
• Keith Johnson,
• Charles Powers, and
• Phillip Sharpe,
What White cannot change are the scars which he has on his forehead, his
left arm , his left cheek, near his right eye, and on his left elbow. He also
sometimes wears glasses.
White’s last known address is in the 3700 block of Shadow tree street in
North Las Vegas.
White has an extensive criminal record including:
• Battery on a Police Officer by a Prisoner,
• Larceny from a person
• numerous counts of burglary,
• numerous counts of theft a and possession of stolen property
charges,
• numerous counts of obtaining / possessing credit cards without the
owners consent,
• Conspiracy to commit burglary,
• Conspiracy to commit grand larceny,
• Obtaining money under false pretenses, and traffic related offenses.
In late 2003 White and a female accomplice entered a local hotel casino
intent on victimizing the patrons. The two worked as a team stealing
wallets from the purses of distracted slot machine players. For this crime
White is currently wanted on an outstanding felony warrant for Burglary.
White is still believed to be in the Las Vegas area.
If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Maurice White, you
are urged to contact the L.V.M.P.D. Fugitive detail at 828-3578 or Crime
Stoppers at 385-5555

Thursday, April 23, 2009

A Life of Crime Raw

Hope you caught "A Life of Crime" on News 3 at Five. If not, watch at 11pm, or check out the story on the main website. Our story was only a few minutes long, but the inmates spoke for more than 40 minutes in total. So we decided to put up their entire talks here.

Ramon (5:49)
Ramon came to the US from Cuba as a child, and has spent close to three decades on the inside.


Rick Pt. 1 (7:30)
Rick gave up a promising future for fast money.


Rick Pt. 2 (6:35)
Rick shares the story of his prison buddy "KitKatt."


Theresa (3:27)
Theresa's brush with crime has had serious physical and emotional costs.


Brian (4:22)
Brian says its tough to be white behind bars.


Joey (9:12)
We were having problems with Joey's mic, so there was not a lot of him in our TV story. That's unfortunate, because Joey gave some of the most uplifting comments of the night.


Hampton (6:43)
Hampton was a special guest that night. Her story was not included in our TV story. She is not a prisoner, but she is an example of how even after making bad decisions, you can decide to put your life on track.

Manhunt Monday Arrest


Chalk up one more arrest for Manhunt Monday. This morning, Metro Police moved in and made the arrest.
They knew where to find 29 year-old Tyrone McClinton thanks to a tip to Crime Stoppers. He was the very first "Manhunt Monday" suspect of 2009, and now he's the first arrest of the year.
He was wanted for punching his girlfriend in the face and head during an argument. He has a history of domestic violence, and now a third arrest on his record.
Paul Cully Elementary School was briefly on lock-down while officers moved in on the location, near Washington Ave. and Sailor Way. While police were successful in capturing McClinton, a second suspect was able to escape.

A Life of Crime

Tonight on News 3 at 5 and at 11, check out our story on "A Life of Crime." It's a program put on by the North Las Vegas Municipal Court and Police Department, with the help of other law enforcement agencies.
The program starts with a presentation by the NLVPD's Special Operations Unit, which includes the K9 team and the SWAT Teams. It shows just how dangerous police work is for officers, and especially for suspects. Part two brings in inmates from the NLV Detention Center, who tell their stories. That's the part we focused on. Their stories are gritty and harsh. They were scary for me to hear; I'm sure they were even more scary for some of the young children in the audience.
Some of the kids are sent to the program by a judge as one last chance to avoid a juvenile conviction and time at a state facility. Other kids came with their parents, who are hoping to keep their kids out of trouble.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

RAPE PREVENTION

Here's something that's FREE, very cool, and potentially life saving. Last Saturday, Krav Maga Las Vegas held a free rape prevention class for women. I'll be sharing a story with you about it, next Friday. The school is holding another FREE class on Saturday, April 25th. I can't encourage you enough to go, if you can. I've learned so many easy, but effective ways to protect myself. Women of all ages showed up to the last class. We walked away with such valuable information. As one woman put it, you no longer feel vulnerable with the techniques you learn. I'll be promoting the class as we get closer to the date, just as a reminder. By the way, some law enforcement officers go to this school to learn some techniques. In fact, the day I was there.. several officers were out back going over what to do during a hostage situation.

Last year, I did a story on Krav Maga. If you want to check it out, follow this link:



And to register for the free rape prevention class, call (702) 240-5166. Here's a link to the website for Krav Maga of Las Vegas.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sexting Follow-Up

Just a quick follow-up on last month's Kids First / Crimetracker 3 team-up on Sexting. The Wall Street Journal published an article questioning the methods of the most frequently quoted study on sexting. We quoted the same study in our stories. It turns out, the survey was conducted online. An expert interviewed by WSJ suggested that people who are likely respond to on-line surveys are also likely to engage in sexting. The implication is that choosing to do the survey on-line skewed the results upward.
Our stories also mentioned the possibility that kids who "sext" could be prosecuted and labeled sex offenders. The Vermont Legislature is considering changes to the law to prevent that.

Friday, March 27, 2009

SEXTING SPECIAL

Ever heard the term sexting? It's a growing craze among the teen set. Sexting is sending sexually explicit text or pics via your cellphone. Metro calls it an epidemic!

I have to tell you, I was surprised at how many teens knew about it... and what they said about why they do it despite the risk of ruining their reputation. There are serious legal and emotional consequences. One teen said if you break up with a boy, and he shows your picture around school.. "it's like a big death sentence." Many girls said you'll be labeled a tramp, while the boy gets away looking cool. But that's not necessarily true. You might be surprised to find out what that boy could face legally.


My colleague, Kendall Tenney, and I are teaming up to bring you a special on sexting on Monday at 5 and 6PM. We hope you make a special effort to watch. Researching it, really opened our eyes. We hope you find it informative too.