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Your Police, Our Community

THE RENO

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Your Police, Our Community
THE RENO
POLICE DEPARTMENT
Your Police, Our Community
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News Release
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

Concerned neighbor helps Reno Police catch residential burglar

2/23/2015

Shortly after 2 pm Monday February 23, 2015, Reno Police Dispatch received a call from a resident in the 1400 block of Mark Train Avenue in South Reno of a possible residential burglary in progress at a neighbor’s house.  When Officers arrived at the residence they located a broken window and then saw two juveniles exit the house and run from them.  One of the juveniles was taken into custody, but the other is still outstanding.    He is described as a Hispanic male in his teens, 5’7 to 5’8 inches tall, medium build and last seen wearing dark jeans and a grey sweatshirt.  Due to the age of the juvenile who is in custody for Burglary, his name will not be released.

The Reno Police Department wants to remind our community how important it is to keep an eye out for suspicious activity and to report it immediately to law enforcement. Thanks to the efforts of a concerned citizen one criminal is under arrest and their neighbor has their stolen property back.

Anyone having information relating to this case, or the outstanding suspect is asked to contact the Reno Police Department at 334-2144, Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW

Your Police, Our Community

RPD Case # 15-3497

News Release
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

Reno Police asking for community’s assistance in locating suspects who robbed cab driver

2/23/2015

At about 1am Monday February 23, 2015, a Reno Sparks Cab picked up a man and woman from the 2700 block of S Virginia Street, and told the driver they wanted to be taken to Jamaica Park in South Reno.   When the cab arrived at Jamaica Park the unknown male attacked the cab driver and stole his wallet and cell phone.  The victim was able to find help from citizens in the area who called Reno Police. 

The victim described the male suspect as an unknown race male in his 20’s with a shaved head, and was last seen wearing a black jacket, and black pants.  The female was also described as being in her 20’s, heavy set and wearing a grey sweatshirt, and a black hat. 

The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Reno Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the suspects.  Anyone with any information about this case is asked to contact the Reno Police at (775) 334-2115, Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case # 15-3467

News Release
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

Deceased male from West 11th Street murder has been identified

2/18/2015

The male who was found deceased inside a North Reno home in the 200 block of West 11th Street shortly before 7 pm on February 17, 2015 has been identified by the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office.  The deceased has been identified as 46 year old David Sims (DOB 01/25/69).

Reno Police Department Robbery Homicide Detectives are actively following leads to locate those with Sims death, and are asking for anyone with any information to contact the Reno Police Department at (775)334-2115.  Secret Witness is also providing a $2,500 reward for any information leading to the arrest, and conviction of those responsible and citizens can contact them at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case #15-3049

News Release
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

Suspended Washoe County Deputy indicted for inappropriate conduct with an inmate

2/17/2015

On February 11, 2015 a Grand Jury convened and indicted Washoe County Sheriff’s Deputy for Voluntary Sexual Conduct with a Prisoner.  The indictment comes three months after Deputy Stuart Balch (DOB 01/04/86) was arrested by Reno Police Department Sex Crimes Detectives after an incident that was investigated between Balch and an inmate who was in custody at the County Detention Facility in early 2014. After his arrest in December, Balch was suspended and placed on unpaid administrative leave while the necessary collective bargaining agreement steps are followed in order to discharge him.

Following the indictment, Balch and his attorney were contacted and arranged for him to voluntarily turn himself into Reno Police Detectives this afternoon at the Sheriff’s Department.

The Reno Police Department is working closely with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office to keep them informed on his case.

Anyone with any information about this incident or others is asked to please contact the Reno Police Department Sex Crimes Division at (775) 657-4601, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword - SW.

RPD Case # 14-7312

News Release
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

Reno man found murdered in North Reno residence

2/17/2015

Just before 7 pm Monday February 16, 2015, Reno Police Dispatch received a call from a resident who lives in the 200 block of West 11th Street in North Reno who found a deceased male in his residence.  Reno Police Officers responded and located a male inside the residence who had suffered fatal injuries.  Reno Police Robbery Homicide Detectives responded and are currently working the investigation. 

Due to the close proximity to the University of Nevada Reno to where this event occurred, the Reno Police Department does not believe this was a random act of violence and that the homicide is not related to the University, its students or staff.

The deceased has not been identified pending notification of next of kin by the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to contact the Reno Police at (775) 334-2115, Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case #15-3049

News Release
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

Suspect in suspicious death in North Reno arrested by Reno Police Robbery Homicide Detectives

2/12/2015

On Saturday February 7, 2015 Officers with the Reno Police Department responded to an apartment complex in the 2600 block of Carville Drive on the report of a possible residential burglary in progress.  When Reno Police Officers arrived they entered to check the residence, and located a 57 year old white male deceased inside the apartment.  Reno Police Robbery Homicide Detectives also responded and began their investigation into the man’s death.

Through the course of their investigation, Detectives were able to positively identify a black male seen in the area at the time of the residential burglary.  After following several leads and speaking with several witnesses, the man was identified as 25 year old Sparks resident Jamelle Russell (DOB 04/19/89).  Russell was located by Reno Police Detectives and placed into custody for Open Murder, Burglary, and an unrelated warrant.

The 57 year old victim in this case has been identified as Steven Arnold.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to please call the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2188, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case # 15-2457

News Release
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

Regional Street Enforcement Team (SET) part of National Super Bowl Operation that resulted in over 570 Sex Buyer arrests nationwide

2/10/2015

From January 15 through February 1, 2015 37 law enforcement agencies, across the United States, including members of the Reno Police Departments Street Enforcement Team participated in the nation’s ninth “National Day of Johns Arrests.”  The operation which targets pimps, sex traffickers who force victims into lives of prostitution and men (John’s) who would proposition female detectives to pay for sex resulted in over 570 arrests and citations nationwide. 

Locally, SET Detectives arrested or cited 14 men and two females for Solicitation for Prostitution, and most importantly recovered several sex trafficking victims who ranged between the ages of 12 – 16.

This effort to reduce the supply of exploited victims of sex trafficking by proactive enforcement by agencies across the United States could not have been done without the support of organizations such as “Demand Abolition”.  Funded by the Hunt Alternative, Demand Abolition is committed to eradicating the illegal sex industry in the US, and the world by combating the demand for purchasing sex.  For more information on this organization please visit their website at:  http://www.demandabolition.org/

The continued efforts of the Reno Police Department and SET to work with not only Federal and State Law Enforcement agencies but organizations such as Demand Abolition to assist victims of crimes shows the dedication the men and women of the Reno Police Department has in making our community safe.

News Release
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

Reno Police investigating suspicious death in North Reno

2/7/2015

At about 1100 am Saturday February 7, 2015 Reno Police Dispatch received a call of a possible residential burglary in progress at an apartment complex in the 2600 block of Carville Drive in North Reno.  When Reno Police Officers arrived they entered to check the residence, and located a 56 year old white male deceased inside the apartment.  Due to the nature of the man’s injuries being suspicious, Reno Police Robbery Homicide Detectives responded to begin their investigation. 

After speaking with several witnesses, the Reno Police Department is looking for a person of interest in this case.  That person is described as a black male adult in his 20’s who is between 5’7” and 6’0, and was wearing unknown clothing.  The investigation is continuing and the identity of the deceased will not be released until notification of next of kin.

Anyone with any information about this subject’s identity or this case is asked to please call the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2188, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case # 15-2457

News Release
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

Reno Police Department Traffic Division Neighborhood Contact Team working with North Reno community on pedestrian safety and education

2/5/2015

On Friday, February 6, 2015 the Reno Police Department Traffic Division will be conducting pedestrian crosswalk enforcement in North Reno concentrating on the area of North Virginia Street near the Bonanza Casino. The operation is part of a traffic grant provided by the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety that is geared to educate citizens in Reno of vehicle and pedestrian traffic laws. 

The enforcement effort is designed to remind drivers of their legal obligation to remain aware of pedestrians attempting to use a crosswalk.   It is also to remind pedestrians to remain aware of on-coming traffic and make eye-contact with drivers before crossing the street. Officers will be handing out warnings and tickets to speeders, drivers who don't yield and pedestrians breaking right of way rules. The Officers will also be contacting residence in the area as part of a Neighborhood Contact Team (NCT) that is geared towards educating the community on traffic laws and traffic safety related to recent vehicle versus pedestrian crashes in the area.  

This operation is another example of the Reno Police Department’s dedication and commitment to the safety of our citizens and the community through proactive engagement and enforcement.

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