Monday, April 26, 2010

Manhunt Monday - Jesus Mungia

On July 2, 2008 Metro Homicide Detectives responded to the 6700 block of Mangrum Circle in the Southwest part of Las Vegas. There detectives discovered an Asian female deceased in the rear seat of a vehicle, suffering from apparent blunt force trauma to the head. Metro’s investigation determined the deceased female was the victim of domestic violence, and identified Jesus Roberto Mungia as the suspect in this crime.

Jesus Roberto Mungia is a Hispanic male adult, 32 yeas of age, standing 5'8" tall and weighing approximately 190 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes. He has tattoos on his abdomen, chest, neck, and both arms. Mungia’s last known address was in the 4200 block of Rochelle in Las Vegas.

Prior to this event Mungia has no known record within Metro’s jurisdiction.

Mungia is currently wanted for one count each of:
  • First Degree Kidnaping with a Deadly Weapon and
  • Murder with a Deadly Weapon
Jesus Roberto Mungia should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with any information concerning the whereabouts of Jesus Roberto Mungia should immediately contact the L.V.M.P.D. Criminal
Apprehension Team at 828-5065 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555, where you can remain anonymous and may earn a cash reward.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Crime by the Numbers - Northwest Area Burglaries

In mid-March, the Crime Tracker 3 team was first to report on a series of robberies in the western part of the Las Vegas valley, mostly west of I-15. Last week, Metro caught five suspects they've connected to some of those robberies. In many of those cases, citizens had left doors or windows unlocked, and the crooks took advantage. Now, with the weather getting warmer, history shows that crimes of all types will rise. Metro hopes the news of the arrest in the high-profile robbery string does not lead to people putting their guard down. Crime Tracker 3 spoke with Lt. Chris Jones of the Northwest Area Command.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Children of Las Vegas Celebrated at New Festival

The following is a news release from the LVMPD:

The Las Vegas Walk of Stars, Clark County Nevada, and the LVMPD-Hispanic American Resource Team (HART) are sponsoring the first annual Las Vegas Children’s Festival.

The event will be held at Molasky Park located at 1065 E. Twain on Saturday, April 24th, 2010, from the hours 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM.

The Las Vegas Children’s Festival will celebrate the Day of the Children which is recognized by many nations throughout the world. The event celebrates Day of the Children to honor and celebrate children who represent the hope and dreams of the future. Also, this event will help local children to be motivated, continue their education, and prosper in their life endeavors. There will be gifts, books, entertainment, live music, food and drinks (while they last), and much more.

LVMPD invites you and your family to attend this free event and co-mingle with the many organizations and Metro officers who take pride in honoring and assisting children.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Manhunt Monday - Clifford Halbert

According to LVMPD officers, in the early morning hours of September 17, 2007, Clifford John Halbert and two accomplices committed an armed robbery of all night drugstore in the West part of Las Vegas. The suspects were caught and arrested for the crime, however Halbert failed to appear in court to answer the charges.

He is currently wanted on a no bail felony warrant for Robbery and Conspiracy.

Clifford Halbert is a white male adult, 21 years of age, standing 6'0" tall and weighing approximately 150 lbs. with brown hair and blue eyes. His last known address was in the 10200 block of Falling Needle Avenue in Las Vegas.
Halbert’s previous criminal history includes arrests for narcotics relations violations. He is known to have been violent in the past, and should be considered armed and dangerous.

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

Monday, April 12, 2010

Metro seeks help finding robbers who surprised casino winner

Manhunt Monday - Rick Ballard

Most “Manhunt Monday” subjects are wanted criminals who have already committed crimes within Metro’s jurisdiction. This weeks subject is a known criminal from outside of Nevada, who has, again, returned to our area.

Rick Ballard is a wanted person, and Metro wants to return him to California on those warrants before he has the opportunity to offend within our community.

Ballard is a white male adult, 49 years of age, standing 5'7" tall and weighing approximately 272 lbs. with brown hair and green eyes.

He sometimes uses the names of:
  • Richard Oliver Ballard,
  • Rick Albert Ballar,
  • Rickey Allen Ballare,
  • Rickey Michael Deancelo,
  • Rickey Deancelo, and
  • Richard Allen Rowe.
Metro Police say Ballard is a convicted sex offender from the State of California who is currently wanted for parole violation. In 2008 he was arrested in Las Vegas as a “Fugitive from Justice” on the same charge, and Metro has information he has once again returned to the Southern Nevada area.
In 2008 Ballard resided in the 3700 block of Swenson Street, but he could be anywhere.
If anyone has any information concerning the whereabouts of Rick Ballard you are urged to immediately contact the L.V.M.P.D. Fugitive Detail at 828-3578 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Koecher search to scour areas near Henderson Executive Airport

The following is an unedited news release from the family of Steven Koecher

Henderson, Nev. – A team of nearly three dozen searchers will comb areas near the Henderson Executive Airport Saturday morning, April 10, in an effort to find Steven T. Koecher, who was last seen on Dec. 13, 2009.
Koecher’s abandoned car was found four days later in a cul-de-sac in Henderson’s Sun City Anthem area. He had traveled there from his home in St. George, Utah, but the purpose for his trip remains unknown.
A number of tips, many anonymous, have been received by police and other investigators in response to a campaign placing Koecher’s photograph on Anderson Dairy milk cartons, plus a $10,000 reward for information announced by Koecher’s family on Feb. 26. Among the clues were possible sightings at a Las Vegas Best Buy store and at a Home Depot store, a possible link to a body found by police in Sacramento, Calif., and a tip to check areas south of the Henderson Executive Airport.
Henderson Police detectives have checked many of these leads but have not been able to establish a clear link to the missing Steven Koecher. Video surveillance tapes obtained by police from Best Buy were both inconclusive and lacking in clarity. Sacramento police detectives also confirmed that the body of a young man found near that city has been positively linked to another case and is not Steven Koecher.
St. George Police detectives have also met with West Valley, Utah, Police regarding their investigation of the missing Susan Cox Powell. An examination of information in both of these cases indicates they are not connected.

Saturday’s search will begin at 8 a.m. and is expected to last about three hours. Searchers will be on foot, as well as on all-terrain vehicles. The attached image is a map of the area near the Henderson Executive Airport. The area to be searched is bounded by four yellow push pins shown on the map.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Shoots & Ladders Dodge Ball Tournament

The following is a news release from the LVMPD:

This Saturday, the public is invited to a fun-filled fundraiser in support of our first responders of tomorrow.

Shoots & Ladders is a dodge ball tournament featuring teams from police, fire, and emergency services. Tickets for spectators are only $2.00! Proceeds from the event will go to Veterans Tribute Career & Technical Academy, a high school that focuses on educating students who wish to go into public service careers.

Dodge ball games will be run by MMA Ref. Steve Mazzagatti.

In addition to the dodge ball there will be food, music, a giant yard sale, and more.

Saturday, April 10th, 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Veterans Tribute CTA High School
2531 Vegas Drive

Metro Seeks man who robbed bank in April

Metro seeks bank robbery suspect

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Report claims Nevada is the most dangerous state, again

A new version of an annual analysis of FBI Crime data by CQ Press shows that Nevada is ranked "least favorably."
I'm very suspicious of this kind of analysis. First, combining crime reports by state does not make a great deal of sense. Crime in New York City isn't really strongly related to crime in Buffalo, for example. Since so much of the population is focused in Clark County, a look at crime here in Nevada is really a look at state-wide crime is almost like a diluted look at crime in metro Las Vegas.
When you compare the states, Nevada comes in with the highest crime rate for this year's report. Because of reporting delays, this year's report is based on 2009 crime reports. Crime Tracker 3's weekly look at crime trends, on the other hand, uses data that is current to the last complete week (i.e. our statistics are between one and seven days delayed, depending on the day of the week of our report.)
It should be noted that the FBI, which compiles the data CQ Press uses to generate its reports, discourages the use of the statistics to make "rankings." The FBI is also working on a more thorough system to collect crime data beyond the ten crime categories tracked in the Uniform Crime Reports.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Manhunt Monday - Marc Dimagiba

Las Vegas Metro Police say on January 18 of this year Dimagiba went to the residence of his ex-girlfriend, which was located in the 8000 block of Rock Port Circle in the Northwest part of Las Vegas. Dimagiba initially entered the residence through a rear window, and then entered the garage area. When the residents locked the door between the garage and the house Dimagiba broke down the door and violently assaulted his ex-girlfriend. When he realized the police had been called, Dimagiba fled the residence.

Based on these criminal acts Dimagiba is currently wanted on felony warrants for:
  • Home invasion and
  • Burglary

Marc Dimagiba is an Asian male adult, 29 years of age, standing 5'10" tall and weighing approximately 180 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes.

He sometimes uses the middle name of Angelo, or the middle initial “A”, and sometimes spells his first name “Mark”. Dimagiba has an 8" scar on his left forearm. His previous addresses include the 500 block of Playa Linda Place and the 5400 block of Latigo Street, both in Las Vegas.
Marc Dimagiba’s criminal history includes arrests for:
  • Obstructing a Police Officer,
  • Convicted person - failure to change address,
  • Possession of an altered firearm without a serial number,
  • Trafficking in a controlled substance,
  • Possession of stolen property,
  • Numerous traffic related charges,
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia,
  • Possession of a controlled substance [numerous arrests], and
  • Possession of a stolen firearm,
Anyone with any information concerning the whereabouts of Marc Dimagiba is urged to contact the L.V.M.P.D. Fugitive Detail at 828-3578 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

Metro seeks December robbery suspects

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Crime By the Numbers - Northeast Auto Burglaries

Auto burglaries are a concern for the entire Las Vegas Valley, and the northeast in particular. When examining the numbers, Crime Tracker 3 found out there have been 198 auto burglaries in the Northeast Area Command from January 1 to March 27. There were 196 auto burglaries in the same time period in 2009. That amounts to a 1% increase. Back in February, the numbers were between six and seven percent higher than in 2009. The bottom line is -- auto burglary is on the decline. Crime Tracker 3 discussed the trend with Northeast Area Captain Chris Darcy.