Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Henderson Police seek robbery suspect

The following is a news release from the Henderson (NV) Police Department:

Henderson Police are seeking the public’s help to identify a man who robbed a convenience store earlier this month.

On March 15, about 12:30 a.m. a suspect walked into the 7-Eleven store at Valle Verde Drive and Sunset Road. The suspect spent about 10 minutes in the store asking the clerk about different beers. When the clerk brought two 12-packs of beer to the counter, the suspect pulled out a handgun and demanded money.
The clerk opened up the cash register drawers and the suspect took the money. He then took the beer and fled the store on foot.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Henderson Police Department at 267-4750. Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555. You may be eligible for a cash reward.

Metro seeks help finding robbery suspects

The following is a news release from the LVMPD:

On March 9, 2010, at approximately 10:15 p.m. a male victim called the L.V.M.P.D. Dispatch Center to report he was the victim of a robbery which had just occurred at 150 South Jones Boulevard, near the intersection of Jones Boulevard and Edgewood Ave.
Arriving patrol officers and medical personnel located the victim, who had visible trauma to his face. The victim reported two (2) black male adults had approached him from behind and struck him multiple times in the head and face, knocking him to the ground. The suspects then demanded the victim’s money. Upon learning the victim did not possess any money or valuables, the suspects fled the area on foot.
The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries, which included multiple facial fractures, a broken nose and a laceration over his left eye.

The suspects are described as:

Suspect #1 is a black male adult, approximately 20-25 years of age, standing 5'9'’ to 6'0'’ tall and weighing approximately 170 pounds with a slim build. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
Suspect #2 is also a black male adult, approximately 20-25 years of age, standing 5'9'’ to 6'0'’ tall and weighing approximately 170 pounds with a slim build. He was last seen wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. Additionally, this suspect had sideburns which extended along the jaw line, and came together on the chin.

Anyone with any information concerning this crime is asked to contac the L.V.M.P.D Robbery section at 828-3591 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

April's First Tuesday - Anger Management

The following is a news release from LVMPD:

Crimes like domestic violence, road rage, assault, and murder often share an underlying contributing factor: anger.

In an attempt to take a different approach to crime prevention, Metro is offering the public a unique educational experience at its April 6th First Tuesday program. As part of the evening’s program, audience members will hear a presentation on anger management from mediators from the Clark County Neighborhood Justice Center. The lecture will include tips on how to control negative emotions and prevent inappropriate and dangerous behavior.

Metro’s First Tuesday program is an open house style event that takes place at each area command on the first Tuesday of every month. The program begins at 7 p.m.
Each area command presents a lecture on a pre-selected topic, as well as information pertaining to the local neighborhood.

This is a great chance for the public to come out and meet the men and women who police their neighborhood.

For area command locations go to http://www.lvmpd.com/.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Manhunt Monday - Pedro Juan Alicea

In 2009 Pedro Juan Alicea was employed at an ice cream parlor in East Las Vegas. When the business was burglarized after closing on the night of July 30th, Metro’s investigation identified Alicea as the person who committed the crime.

Pedro Juan Ortiz is currently wanted for:
  • Felony Burglary and
  • Felony Grand Larceny

Pedro Alicea is a white male adult, 47 years of age, standing 5'11" tall and weighing approximately 240 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes.

Alicea routinely uses several aliases, including:
  • John Peter Ortiz,
  • Peter J. Ortiz, and
  • Steve Ortiz
His prior addresses include the 3800 block of Surfrider Lane, the 2900 block of Juniper Hills Boulevard [both in Las Vegas], and the 200 block of Duke of Wales Court in Henderson.
Alicea’s criminal history includes arrests for:
  • Carrying a concealed weapon,
  • Grand larceny,
  • Robbery with a deadly weapon,
  • DUI - Liquor,
  • Possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, and
  • Trafficking in a controlled substance.
Any one with any information as to the whereabouts of Pedro Juan Ortiz is urged to contact the L.V.M.P.D. Fugitive Detail at 828-3578 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Metro Mounted Unit 5th Annual Competition

The following is a news release from LVMPD:

Friends of Metro's Mounted Unit, a non-profit organization which assists Metro’s Mounted Patrol Officers, is holding a fund raising "Obstacle Course" competition on Saturday, March 27th, 2010, beginning at 9:00 A.M. at the Main Arena at Horseman's Park. Horseman's Park is located at 5800 E. Flamingo, which is the far East end of Flamingo Road, next to the Sanitation District facilities.
This competition is for civilian riders who want to compete against each other using their own horses on the timed obstacle course utilized by L.V.M.P.D. officers to train METRO's mounted teams. Horse and rider team registration begins at 7:30 A.M.
Entry fees for competitors are :
  • 14 yoa and under - $45.00
  • 15 yoa and over - $50.00
All paid participants will receive a $10.00 off coupon to be used at the T-shirt booth, and trophies will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in each age group.
It is anticipated the days events, which will include a demonstration by METRO’s K-9 Unit, will conclude at approximately 4:00 P.M. The K-9 demonstration will begin at approximately 12:00 p.m. Additionally, a micro-chip clinic for horses will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.. The cost of the microchip will be $35.00, which includes the microchip registration fee.
Texas Barbeque will be on hand to provide food and drinks for purchase throughout the day, and various prizes will be continuously raffled off to assist in the fund rasing efforts.
For additional information, or to obtain an entry form, please go to the Mounted Unit web site at:
http://www.lasvegasmountedpolice.com/. Media outlets interested in arranging any pre-event interviews or film opportunities should contact Metro PIO Bill Cassell at 828-4082 during normal business hours.

Blood Drives Planned in Honor of injured officer Mike Madland

The following is a news release from LVMPD:

In response to the overwhelming community support of Officer Madland, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and United Blood Services will be hosting two blood drives. These are replacement blood drives, with donated blood to be used to re-supply the community’s blood bank.
The public is invited to donate blood at the following events:
  • Monday, March 29: University Medical Center. The United Blood Services Bloodmobile will be in the UMC parking lot from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. UMC is located at 1800 West Charleston Boulevard. No appointment is needed to donate. First come, first serve.
  • Tuesday, March 30: Las Vegas City Hall. United Blood Services will be accepting donations in the HR Training Room (2 floor, south side) from 8:00 a.m. from 2:00 p.m. City Hall is located at 400 East Stewart Avenue. No appointment necessary. First come, first serve.
Citizens wishing to donate at alternate times or locations may contact United Blood Services at http://www.unitedbloodservices.org/ 
United Blood Services donation center hours are as follows:
  • Monday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
There is not an urgent call for blood at this time; the community blood supply is stable. These replacement blood drives are used to re-supply the community’s blood bank.
The outpouring of support for this law enforcement hero is truly amazing. Metro has received hundreds of phone calls from citizens offering to donate blood to Officer Madland. Metro thanks the public for its incredible generosity and support.

Domestic Violence

Las Vegas Metro's Public Information Office produced this video with Janay Williams, a domestic violence victim, to encourage victims of domestic violence to seek help.

Metro also has made an effort to make its website easier to navigate for people looking for information about preventing and coping with crimes against youth and family, including domestic violence, sexual violence, and abuse against children and the elderly.

Step Out for Safety

This is a news release from LVMPD:

Sheriff Gillespie to Speak at “Step Out for Safety” Walk/Run for Seatbelt Awareness

Last year Metro lost two police officers who were in vehicle accidents while not wearing seatbelts. Sheriff Gillespie is determined to make sure that doesn’t happen again, and that all drivers understand the importance of buckling up.
As part of its seatbelt awareness campaign, Metro is partnering in the 3rd Annual “Step Out for Safety” walk/run on Saturday March 27, 2010 at UMC’s Trauma parking lot. The walk is not a fundraiser, but rather an awareness event. Activities will include a one mile fun walk, a three mile run, and a separate children’s course with McGruff the crime dog. There will be safety information and resources, free prize drawings, and a DJ. Participation in the event is FREE!

Registration is at 9:30 a.m. The walk will begin at 10:00 a.m. The public is invited to come out, have a nice walk or run, and support this important awareness campaign.

The 3rd Annual Step Out for Safety event is sponsored by the Adam Thomas Health & Safety Foundation, UMC Trauma Center, LVMPD, Safe Community Partnership, Think First Nevada, Nevada Office of Traffic Safety, and the Governor’s Advisory Board on Traumatic Brain Injury. The emcee will be Tom Hawley from Channel 3.

The goal of this collective group is to decrease fatalities from unbelted drivers, and reduce the cost of rehabilitation and long-term care of unbelted car crash victims.

“People need to buckle up every time they get in a car,” says Gillespie. “Sporadic seatbelt use just isn’t good enough. The one time you don’t wear it may be the time it would have saved your life.”

For more information visit http://www.buckleupnevada.org/ or call (702) 581-8150.

Crime by the Numbers - Intelligence-led Policing

The past two captains in Las Vegas Metro's Bolden Area Command have been proponents of "intelligence-led policing." This week, 16 officers, two from each area command, are getting special training at UNLV's Department of Criminal Justice, to learn about databases and analysis techniques. Next week, they will be prepared with civilian crime analysts who work at Metro. The objective will be to have a team in each area command that will look for emerging crime trends and assist the bureau commander in making daily (and possibly more frequent) adjustments in police deployment and patrol activities, aimed at more efficient police work.
Sgt. Jack Clements with Metro's Bolden Area Command explains the idea to Crime Tracker 3's Sophia Choi.

Metro also has a partnership with UNLV, where graduate students will also look at crime reports. The students will be searching for other kinds of patterns in data that can be compared to crime trends. For example, they might look at possible connections between foreclosuers and crime, to see if that strongly-suspected link is supported by data, and to identify if there is some number or density of foreclosed homes that triggers an increase in crime.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

P.I.T. Maneuver

On the evening of Tuesday, March 23, Las Vegas Metro Police officers attempted a P.I.T. maneuver on a fleeing suspect. Sgt. Jack Clements explains the P.I.T., or Precision Intervention Technique

Monday, March 22, 2010

Car Show to benefit injured officers

The following is a news release from the LVMPD:

On Sunday, March 28, 2010, the Injured Police Officers’ Fund will host a car show at Sunset Park (Sunset and Eastern). Show hours are 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Car awards at 3:30 p.m.
The public is invited to attend this FREE event in support of local law enforcement. Displayed vehicles will include a wide variety of cars and trucks including vintage, originals, classics, hot rods, muscle cars, street rods, competition vehicles, and custom vehicles. There will also be classic police cars on display, as well as vehicles from local law enforcement agencies.
The event will include a raffle, a 50/50 drawing, prize raffles, food, and other vendors.

Admission to the event is free. Money is raised through car entries and raffles. Entries are still being accepted for all classic vehicles. The top 60 vehicles will receive awards including: dignitary, Sheriff’s picks, crowd pleasers, club participation, and best of show.

Please join police agencies, including: LVMPD, NHP, NLVPD, CCSDPD, UNLVPD, CLVPD, Boulder City PD, Mesquite PD, Henderson PD, and Clark County Park Police in their support of this event.

The mission of the Injured Police Officers’ Fund is to help reduce the financial burden suffered by Police Officers and their families in the event of a line-of-duty injury or death by providing monetary assistance to these officers and their families.

For more information & entry forms visit: http://www.helplasvegascops.com/

Manhunt Monday - Ephraim Bruce

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police are looking for Eprhraim Bruce. In 1998, Metro says Bruce repeatedly forced a minor child to have inappropriate sexual contact with him. Based on these acts Bruce is wanted for:
  • Felony sexual assault, victim under 16 and
  • Felony lewdness with a minor, child under 14.
Ephraim Bruce is a dark skinned black male adult, 55 years of age, standing 5'10" tall and weighing approximately 174 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes.
Ephraim Bruce uses different spellings of his true name, along with numerous other names, including:
  • Everon Bruce,
  • Ephraim Valentine Bruce,
  • Cirtian Bruce, and
  • Cirtain St. Claire Burce.
Bruce has previously resided in the 2500 block of Florida Keys Drive in Las Vegas, and in an apartment complex in the 3200 block of Las Vegas Boulevard North in North Las Vegas.
He has previously been employed as a security guard, a custodian, and may currently be employed as a truck driver.
Anyone with any information concerning the whereabouts of Ephraim Bruce is urged to contact the L.V.M.P.D. Fugitive Detail at 828-3578 during business hours, or the non-emergency at the L.V.M.P.D. Dispatch Center, 311. You can also call crime stoppers at 385-5555.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Metro to Host 5K for “Peacekeepers’ Kids”

The following is a news release from LVMPD:
The men and women of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department have joined forces with the Police Athletic League (PAL) to create the inaugural 5K run for Peacekeepers’ Kids. The event is a fund-raiser, with 100% of the proceeds going to the children of police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
The event will take place on Saturday, May 8, 2010, at 8:00 a.m. The race will start and finish at the Police Memorial Park located at 3250 Metro Academy Way, with a barbeque to follow. The cost of registration is $40.00 which includes a commemorative T-shirt. The same T-shirts will be sold on race day for $20.00.
Registration forms and information can be found at http://www.active.com/ , and the PAL website, http://www.snpal.com/.

Last year Metro lost four officers in the line of duty. The Department hopes for a good turnout in support of the children of those who gave all.

For more information contact: Officer Melissa Lardomita: C: 702-328-6297, M6297L@lvmpd.com.

Metro's Northeast Area Command is moving

The old Northeast Area Command substation (on Mojave) is closing permanently effective Saturday, March 20, 2010. The new Northeast Area Command will open Monday, March 29th, and is located at 3750 Cecile, near Pecos and Cheyenne. New substation hours will be 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.

During the facility transition, from March 20-29, citizens in the northeast area should utilize Police Records at City Hall, 400 Stewart Ave. The hours at Records are 6:00 a.m. to midnight daily.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Crime by the Numbers - Convention Center Area Prostitution

Captain Charles Hank, commander at Metro's Convention Center Area Command says he's noticed an increase in robberies committed by suspected prostitutes in Las Vegas's resort corridor. He's also noticed an increase in the violence of those robberies, and an increase in the use of guns in those robberies.

Metro takes crime fighting lesson from Andy Griffith

As part of our weekly look at neighborhood crime trends, the Crime Tracker 3 team looked at the types of calls officers are going on in the Convention Center Area Command. So far police have gone on a "code 469" a whole lot -- 3,175 times, compared to just 1,001 "469s" in the same time-frame in 2009. A code 469 is formally a "bar/perimeter check," but as Captain Charles Hank explained, it's really just stopping by, and asking folks "what's been going on, what are your issues, what can we help you with?"
It's an approach you may be familiar with from a legend of TV crime fighting -- Sheriff Andy Taylor.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Metro looking for two bank robbers

Manhunt Monday - Thanh Lai Ngo

On November 18, 2009, Las Vegas Metro Police say Thanh Lai Ngo and his girlfriend became involved in a domestic dispute outside of their vehicle which had pulled to the side of the road. Ngo allegedly attacked the victim, shaking her violently and then forcing her into his vehicle before speeding off. Alert citizens saw the attack, and called Metro, who arrived quickly and found the vehicle in the parking lot of a nearby convenience with both the suspect and victim still inside. Officers arrested Ngo, however he was released on bail and has failed to appear in court to answer for his crime.
Thanh Lai Ngo is an Asian Male, 28 years of age, standing 5'6" tall and weighing approximately 160 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes. His last known address was in the 10000 block of Swimming Hole Street in southeast Las Vegas.

Thanh Lai Ngo is currently wanted for the crimes of:
  • Battery Domestic Violence [misdemeanor], and
  • Felony Coercion.
Prior to this incident Ngo had no known local criminal history.
Anyone with any information concerning the whereabouts of Thanh Lai Ngo is urged to contact the L.V.M.P.D. Fugitive Detail at 828-3578 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Las Vegas Students Honoring Law Enforcement

This is a news release from LVMPD:
Students at Our Lady of Las Vegas Catholic Church School have set aside a day to say “thank you” to local law enforcement.

On Tuesday, March 16, 2010, Metro officers will participate in the school’s “Kids Caring for Cops” program. During the event officers will interact with the school’s children. Demonstrations will be given to students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
Demonstrations will include.
  • McGruff (w/ Metro Volunteers)
  • BAC Community Oriented Officers
  • Traffic
  • Mounted Unit
  • Enduros
  • K-9
  • YES (Youth Education Section)
At the event, the students will express their appreciation to the officers for protecting the community. The program will take place from 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Las Vegas Catholic School, 3050 Alta Drive LV, NV 89107.
For more information contact Sgt. James Signorello at 597-6760 (pager) or Vice Principal Monica Futryk at 878-6841.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Metro Encourages Participation in Nevada Child Seekers’ Dash and Stroll

This is a news release from LVMPD:

On Saturday, March 13, 2010, Nevada Child Seekers will host its 16th Annual Dash and Stroll—Race 4 Kids.

Metro employees have formed several teams in support of the event, including team ICARE headed by Sheriff Gillespie. “Nevada Child Seekers is an important resource for our community,” says Sheriff Gillespie. “I’m proud that so many of our employees have volunteered their time for this event. This is something our community needs to support.”
Nevada Child Seekers is a nonprofit organization. Its mission is to advocate for and engage in prevention, identification and location efforts on behalf of missing and exploited children.
The Dash and Stroll will take place at The District at Green Valley Parkway & 215.
Registration opens at 6:00 a.m. The 5K begins at 7:45 a.m.

For more information go to http://www.nevadachildseekers.org/

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Berkley praises defenders of Las Vegas Federal Courthouse.

Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today recognized the heroic actions of fallen Court Security Officer Stanley Cooper, U.S. Marshal Joe Gardner and the other southern Nevada law enforcement officials who responded to a January shooting at the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse in Las Vegas. Berkley is a cosponsor of a resolution adopted this morning by the House recognizing Cooper’s sacrifice and the heroic actions of law enforcement and security officers in protecting the public during the shooting incident.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Missing, Endangered Adult - John Cooper

Manhunt Monday - David Bockman

In the early morning hours of November 11, 2005 Metro says David Allan Bockman and an accomplice went to the area of Tompkins and Grand Canyon in Southeast Las Vegas were numerous homes were under construction. According to police, the two men entered the construction site and began loading stolen construction materials into the truck and trailer they had arrived in. Alert citizens saw the crime and progress and notified Metro, who arrived and arrested the two men. Bockman, was convicted of the crime of burglary, however he failed to appear in court at his sentencing hearing and is currently wanted for Burglary.

Additionally, Bockman has been issued numerous citations requiring his appearance in court. Because he failed to appear to answer those charges he is also wanted for :
  • Bicyclist failure to obey a traffic signal,
  • Possession of a hypodermic device, two counts,
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts, and
  • Possession of marijuana.

David Allen Bockman is a white male adult, 46 years of age, standing 6' tall and weighing approximately 200 lbs. with blonde hair and blue eyes. Bockman has a 4" scar on his upper right arm, numerous other scars, and tattoo of:
  • A teardrop next to his right eye,
  • A reaper on his right forearm,
  • A cross on his right hand, and
  • A cross on his left thumb.
Bockman’s last known address was in the 6300 block of Shawnee Ave in the northwest part of Las Vegas.
Bockman has a very extensive criminal history including numerous arrests for:
  • Burglary,
  • Possession of stolen property,
  • Possession of a stolen vehicle,
  • Narcotics and narcotics paraphernalia charges,
  • Possession of forged instruments,
  • Traffic related offenses,
  • Drivers license and vehicle registration related offenses,
  • Under the influence of a controlled substance,
  • Indecent behavior,
  • Disorderly Conduct and disturbing the peace, and
  • One arrest for cruelty to animals.
Anyone with any information concerning the whereabouts of David Allen Bockman is urged to contact the L.V.M.P.D. Fugitive Detail at 828-3578 or Crime stoppers at 385-5555.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

New Hours for Metro Area Command Offices

Effective Saturday, March 6, 2010, all eight Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department substations will have new business hours. While still providing a high level of service to the public, these new business hours reflect Metro’s efforts to reduce expenses.

Downtown Area Command’s front office will be closed to the public, however, residents can file reports at the City Hall Plaza Desk. The address of City Hall is 400 East Stewart Avenue, at Las Vegas Blvd. Residents are advised that weapons registrations are not conducted at City hall Plaza Desk. Hours at the City Hall Plaza Desk are 6am to 11pm. Residents can file reports and register weapons at Bolden Area Command. The Bolden Area Command is located at 1851 Stella Lake Street, Las Vegas Nevada, 89106.

Northwest Area Command
New hours
Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

South Central, Southeast, Northeast, Enterprise, Bolden and Convention Center Area Commands
New hours
Mon – Fri 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed weekends

Monday, March 1, 2010

Manhunt Monday - Cody Lynn Lloyd

On February 19 , 2008, Metro officers stopped Cody Lynn Lloyd in the Northwest part of Las Vegas for numerous traffic violations. The investigating officers determined Lloyd was driving under the influence of a controlled substance, and arrested him for D.U.I. - Drugs. Metro says Lloyd failed to appear in court as ordered, and is now wanted on two warrants for driving under the influence of drugs.

Cody Lynn Lloyd is a white male adult, 26 years of age, standing 5'10" tall and weighing approximately 150 lbs. with brown hair and hazel eyes. His last known address was in the 3700 block of Kolanut in Las Vegas Nevada. He has been known to drive a dark green 2006 Honda Accord with Nevada license plates.
According to Metro, Lloyd’s criminal history includes arrests for:
  • Traffic related crimes,
  • Possession of narcotics and narcotics paraphernalia
  • Possession of narcotics with the intent to sell
  • D.U.I, – alcohol,
  • D.U.I – controlled substance,
  • Under the influence of a controlled substance,
  • Non-medical possession of a controlled substance less than 1 oz.,
  • Conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act
  • Transporting a controlled substance
  • Possession of dangerous drugs without a prescription, and
  • Battery, domestic violence.
Anyone with any information concerning the whereabouts of Cody Lynn Lloyd is urged to contact the L.V.M.P.D. Fugitive Detail at 828-3578 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.