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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

Reno Police see significant increase in vehicle burglaries

3/24/2016

Since the beginning of 2016, the Reno Police Department has seen an increase in vehicle burglaries throughout the entire city.  Reported incidents of vehicle burglaries have increased 26.1% over the same time period in 2015 from January 1st until March 23rd.  In the majority of the crimes that have been reported to police, the victims have either left their valuables in plain sight for criminals or have simply left their vehicles unlocked.   

The Reno Police Department wants to remind the community of the following safety tips to keep your vehicle from potentially being burglarized: 

  • Don't leave valuables in your vehicle: You'd be surprised how often this happens, but individuals leave valuable items in plain sight all the time. If you leave items in your vehicle and they're visible, the chances your vehicle will get broken into increase greatly.
  • Place items out of sight BEFORE reaching your destination
  • Avoid leaving packages or shopping bags out in the open: Lock them into your trunk, if you have to leave the vehicle unattended. Never open a trunk, fill it full of valuables, close it, and then just walk away.
  • Lock ALL of your vehicle's doors
  • Park in busy, well lit areas
  • Don't leave a trace: Don't leave any sign that there might be valuables "out of sight" in your vehicle. For example: the suction cup on your dashboard, might tell thieves, that you have a GPS system in your vehicle. Leave nothing in plain view. Very few auto break-ins are "random". The thieves usually see something out in the open or hints of possible hidden valuables
  • Alarms or anti-theft devices work: Thieves are usually looking for the "easiest" target. If your car has an alarm, it could act as a deterrent. But don't make this common mistake: Just because you have an alarm, doesn't mean thieves won't break-in, IF you leave valuable items in plain sight.
  • Report suspicious activity (people and vehicles) in your neighborhood immediately to police. 

For more information on how to keep you and your family safe, like the Reno Police Department on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.  Residence can also download the myrpd app on their smart phones for safety tips and to see the crimes reported in their neighborhoods.   

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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

Man arrested after victimizing several people and businesses in fraud case

3/24/2016

Since February 2, 2016, Fraud Detectives with the Reno Police Department have been working a local case involving an employee of a local insurance company who was fraudulently using information from customers. Through the course of the investigation Detectives learned that the male suspect in this case had used the personal information and credit cards that the victims would use to pay their insurance premiums.  

After speaking with several businesses and victims of the bank account and identity theft cases, Detectives were able to track down the male suspect.  

On March 8, 2016, Reno Police Fraud Detectives located the male at his former employer’s office and transported him to the Reno Police Station for an interview.  During the interview with the suspect, identified as 31 year old Reno resident Emanuel Davis (DOB 07/11/84), he admitted to Detectives that he had stolen the identity and credit cards of clients and used them illegally.   Davis was arrested for several counts of Burglary, Obtain/Use of another Persons ID, and Use/Possession of a Credit Card of another without Permission. 

Reno Police want to remind our community to never give too much personal information on their accounts or credit cards to anyone, and to frequently check their bank statements.  

Anyone having any information about this case, or who may have been a victim of Davis is asked to please contact the Reno Police Department at 334-2107, Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW. 

RPD Case # 16-100407

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

Suspect from 2009 Murder arrested

3/23/2016

Shortly before 7:30 pm on Saturday July, 25, 2009, Reno Police Officers were dispatched to the 7-11 located at 1401 E Peckam Lane in South Reno on the report of a shooting.    When Officers arrived they located a man and woman who had been shot.   Officers began life saving measures on the victims who were transported to a local hospital.   The woman who was shot succumbed to her injuries at the hospital. 

Reno Police Homicide and Regional Gang Unit Detectives responded and began to investigate the murder.  Through the course of the investigation, Detectives were able to identify a suspect in this case who had fled the Reno area and a nationwide warrant was issued for his arrest.   

Over the course of the last 6 ½ years, the suspect, identified as 29 year old Miguel Padron (DOB 12/30/86) had eluded capture by authorities.  On Friday March 4th 2016, Officers with US Customs and Border Protection contacted Padron in Southern California and placed him into custody for the murder warrant.     

Homicide and Gang Detectives from the Reno Police Department went to Southern California to speak with Padron who ultimately admitted to them his involvement in the 2009 homicide.   

On March 23, 2016, Padron was extradited back to Nevada and was booked into the Washoe County Detention Facility for 1 count of Open Murder and 1 count of Attempted Murder. 

The Reno Police Department is asking anyone who may have more information about this case to contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2188, or Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW 

RPD Case # 09-24523

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 arrested for Lewdness with a Minor Under 16

3/23/2016

On March 11, 2016 a 15 year old boy spent the night at an adult friend’s residence in North Reno.  On the morning of March 12, 2016 the boy woke to the 23 year old male inappropriately touching him.  The boy immediately told the man to stop touching him and the man left the room.   The boy then called his father who came to pick him up.   

The boy’s family contacted the Reno Police Department who began an investigation into the incident.  After interviewing the 15 year old victim in this case, the 23 year old male suspect in this case, identified as Luke Archer (DOB 04/04/92) was arrested by Detectives on March 22, 2016 and booked into the Washoe County Jail for 1 count of Lewdness with a Minor Under 16.   

The Reno Police Department is asking anyone who may have had contact with Luke Archer or more information about this case to contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 657-4601, or Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.   

RPD Case # 16-4433

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 seeking armed robbery suspect from South Reno

3/23/2016

Shortly before 8:30 am Wednesday morning, March 23, 2016, Reno Police Officers responded to a business in the 900 block of W Moana Lane in South Reno on the report of a Robbery that had just occurred.   When Officers met with an employee she told Officers that a dark skinned male, either Hispanic or Black came into the business, pulled out a black revolver and fired two rounds into the ceiling demanding money.  The employee gave the unknown man an undisclosed amount of money and he ran out of the store. 

The man is described as approximately 5’6” to 5’10”, skinny build, in his 20’s or 30’s and was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and dark sunglasses.

Anyone having any information on this case or the suspect is asked to contact the Reno Police Department Robbery Homicide Detectives at 334-2188, Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case # 16-5175

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

City of Reno to present $20,000 check to The Children’s Cabinet

3/15/2016

Tomorrow, the City of Reno and The Children’s Cabinet are co-hosting a press conference, during which the City will present a $20,000 check to The Children's Cabinet.

What: City of Reno Check Presentation

When: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 (tomorrow) at 2 p.m.

Where: 480 Galletti Way, Building 2A, in Sparks (the building is best accessed from North Street)

Who: Ward 3 Reno City Councilmember Oscar Delgado and The Children’s Cabinet Director of Operations Kathleen Sandoval

Funded by the City of Reno’s Blight Initiative, the monies will support Spray Positive, an educational graffiti art program run by The Children’s Cabinet. Per the agreement, The Children’s Cabinet will prioritize art projects as identified by the Reno Police Department and Code Enforcement as blighted properties.

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

3 Juveniles arrested after being caught on camera battering two people

3/9/2016

On March 7, 2016 just before 3:00 pm, a male juvenile and two female juveniles entered a business in the 3700 block of Kietzke Lane and began to cause a disturbance by knocking over a display in the store.  When a female employee approached the juveniles to ask if they needed help finding something, the juveniles began to yell obscenities at the employee as well as customers inside the store.   The male juvenile punched the female in the face and the three juveniles left the store. 

The female employee got into her vehicle with a concerned male citizen and followed the juveniles.  At one point the man exited the car to capture the juvenile’s faces for police.    As soon as the man exited the vehicle, the juveniles were caught on the man’s video attacking him by throwing rocks at him, and hitting him with their fists.  The videotape also showed the juveniles attempting to smash out the windows of the car and the juveniles battering the female employee who was sitting in the driver’s seat.   The juveniles then fled the area. 

The man who videotaped the juveniles met with Reno Police and gave them his video of the incident.   

The video was shown to Reno Police Officers and members of the Regional Gang Unit in an attempt to identify the suspects.  The suspects were identified by members of the Regional Gang Unit and on March 8, 2016, all three juveniles who are 12, 13 and 16 years of age were taken into custody by police. 

The juveniles were transported to the Jan Evans Juvenile Detention Facility where they were all booked for Burglary and Battery.  Due to all of them being minors there names will not be released. 

Anyone having any information about this incident is asked to contact the Reno Police Department at 334-3852, or Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW 

RPD Case # 16-4097

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 arrested for Open and Gross Lewdness against elderly female victim

3/8/2016

On May 30, 2015, a 71 year old female contacted the Reno Police Department to report a possible lewdness case involving her caretaker.  The victim told Reno Police Sex Crimes Detectives that while she was sleeping, she thought that her cat was trying to get onto her bed.  When she woke she discovered that her male caretaker had lowered his pants and placed his genitals on her.  

Through the course of the investigation, it was discovered that the defendant in this case was a suspect in a similar incident reported to Reno Police in 2012.   

Earlier today, the defendant was located by Reno Police Sex Crimes Detectives and placed into custody.   Arrested for 1 count of Open and Gross Lewdness, and 1 count of Indecent Exposure was 31 year old Eric Foreman (DOB 04/15/84).   

The Reno Police Department is asking anyone who may have been a victim of Foreman to please contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 657-4601, or Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW 

RPD Case # 15-13948

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

ESCAPED PRISONER

3/4/2016

UPDATE  March 6th  After a brief foot pursuit, Javier Saldana was taken into custody today at approximately 1700 hours. The Reno Police Department would like to thank the assisting agencies, as well as the community for their assistance.

Reno, NV—   On March 4th, 2016 at about 2:00 p.m, Detectives from the Reno Police Department were transporting a suspect from the Reno Police Department to the Washoe County Jail.  While en route to the jail, the suspect was able to separate himself from detectives and flee the area. The suspect was last seen driving northbound from the 600 block of North Wells Ave. The vehicle that the suspect fled in has been recovered however he is still outstanding.


Saldana, Javier Suspect – Saldana, Javier  D.O.B  10/10/85




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

City of Reno answers citizens' FAQs

3/3/2016

In an effort to keep citizens and media informed, the City of Reno has developed a monthly FAQs program in order to answer the public’s commonly asked questions. The February 2016 FAQs are answered below.

[For a more interactive version, including images, visit the City of Reno's blog.]

How is the City of Reno taking action to repair potholes on city streets?

Fall and winter storms have had a negative impact on road conditions throughout the Reno area. This has resulted in a significant amount of damage to roadways in the form of potholes, which can be a serious nuisance to drivers.

Answer: The City of Reno is encouraging citizens to contact Reno Direct at 775-334-INFO (4636) or renodirect@reno.gov to report potholes. A work order will be generated for every pothole that is reported, and repairs will be made within one week, weather permitting. Watch a video for more information, or visit Reno.gov/News.

It is also important for citizens to understand that keeping our roads safe is a collaborative process between the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), the City of Sparks, Washoe County, and the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT). For example, NDOT is responsible for:

  • McCarran Boulevard

  • Kietzke Lane

  • N. Virginia Street, north of N. McCarran Boulevard

  • S. Virginia Street south of Patriot Boulevard

  • All onramps and offramps

More information about the regional approach to road conditions is available in this joint statement. Should citizens have a specific area of roadway they are concerned about, they are encouraged to contact:

City of Reno: Reno Direct at 775-334-INFO or renodirect@reno.gov

City of Sparks: 775-353-2271 or rkorman@cityofsparks.us

NDOT: 775-834-8300 or info@nevadadot.com

RTC: 775-335-1874 or sgibson@rtcwashoe.com

Washoe County: 775-328-2180 or asearcy@washoecounty.us

What is the status of the City of Reno's sidewalk repair program?

Answer: The City of Reno Public Works department began a program in early February 2016 to address the backlog of damaged sidewalks. All previously reported sidewalks were or are being reassessed to determine if they should be a high priority. The City is advising citizens in advance of the repairs. Crews are starting in the northeast quadrant and working in a counterclockwise pattern. The repairs are being made as part of the City of Reno’s Transition Plan, which is committed to making sidewalks more accessible to persons with disabilities, especially those who use wheelchairs. Funding for the program comes from the Capital Improvement Plan.

On a related note, the City is currently surveying citizens about pedestrian ramps. The survey is accessible on the Public Works page and will be open until March 31, 2016.

What process does the City use to install new signage, such as STOP signs?

Answer: The process for installing new signage generally begins in one of three ways:

  • Evaluation of existing signage and necessary upgrades by the City during roadway improvements;

  • Replacement of old signage that no longer meets nighttime retroreflectivity requirements;

  • Evaluation of citizens’ requests for new signage.

If you would like to request a new sign, please contact Reno Direct to open a service request; alternately, you may submit your request online. Once a request is received, Traffic Engineering will review the location to determine if the requested signage meets or exceeds federal standards. All traffic control, which includes signage, is regulated by the Federal Highway Administration. This ensures that traffic control is uniform across the country, and that driver expectations are met.

How do I get the new City of Reno license plate?

Answer: To order a plate, visit Reno.gov/ParksandRec. The new City of Reno charitable license plate, which provides dedicated funding for Parks and Recreation, is now available through the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Watch a video for more information, or visit Reno.gov/News or the City of Reno blog.

How do citizens start a Neighborhood Watch Program?

Answer: Neighborhood Watch is a citizen-driven program in partnership with the Reno Police Department that provides residents with educational tools and tactics to increase alertness and sharing of information with law enforcement and neighbors.

RPD’s role in the Neighborhood Watch Program is to provide education about crime trends in neighborhoods and provide citizens with useful information on how to better protect their property. RPD also educates citizens of the importance of the Neighborhood Watch Program and assists them in the purchasing and posting of signs. Citizens are responsible, however, for managing the program and bearing the costs of the signs.

Reno citizens who wish to start a Neighborhood Watch Program should begin by contacting their neighbors to determine if there is enough interest in their area to support a program. After enough interest has been demonstrated, a representative of the group may contact Reno Direct to submit a service request to RPD for a presentation about the Neighborhood Watch Program.

Citizens are also encouraged to download the new myRPD app, which provides users easier access for filing police reports, submitting feedback, reviewing crime prevention tips, and even navigating to police stations, hospitals, and community resources within the City of Reno.

Residents can submit a question for consideration in a future installment of FAQs by using this submission form. FAQs are archived on the City of Reno blog.