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

MORNING MEDIA UPDATE

6/30/2020

Monday, June 29, 2020
0923North: Storage Burglaries@1000 block North McCarran Blvd.

Officers responded to a report of a Burglary in progress but the suspect had fled prior to their arrival. During the investigation they learned that multiple units had been Burglarized. The suspect is described as: Unknown Race male, 6' tall, LSW a dark t-shirt and dark shorts.



Case: 20-11047


1457South: Robbery@300 block East Plumb Lane

The victim was walking thru the parking lot when the suspect grabbed the bag the victim was carrying. They struggled over the bag but the suspect was able to flee with it. The suspect is described as: B/M/A, 5'7" tall, LSW a white hooded sweatshirt, grey sagging sweatpants and camo colored underwear. 



Case: 20-11069


1508South: Arrest - Domestic Battery@1000 block Humboldt Street

Roy Arvin, DOB 11/18/1954, was arrested on the above charge.



Case: 20-11070


2011North: Arrest - ADW, Scissors@2000 block Columbus Way

The suspect was observed threatening to stab the victim with a pair of scissors. Jose Gomez-Vegabuiza, DOB 5/30/1984, was arrested on the above charge.



Case: 20-11092


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

Morning Media Update

6/29/2020

Friday, June 26, 2020
0407                       Central: Stolen Vehicle Arrest@1000 blk E 6th St

An RPD Officer located a stolen vehicle in the east parking lot of a nearby casino. The suspect entered the vehicle was stopped in the parking lot without incident. 

Arrested:  Stacy Irwin 10/17/1978

Case#20-10828

Saturday, June 27, 2020

0233                       North: Battery with Deadly Weapon @ 400 blk Beverly

Officers learned that the victim had stab wounds.  Officers also learned that the crime scene was at the same location as a previous Destruction of Property.  The victim was taken to an area hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.  Suspect is unknown at this time.

Case#20-10907

0258                       North: Assault with Deadly Weaon @1200 blk Carville Dr

The victim's stated that an unknown male had come onto their property and when he was asked to leave, the suspect produced a handgun and made threats. 

Suspect- HMA 25-30 years old, skinny build, goatee, wearing a white shirt, black shoes, and a gray backwards hat.

Case#20-10910

0649                       Central: BDW - Stabbing / Attempted Robbery @1st / Virginia Street

The victim was approached by two subjects riding bicycles. One of the riders demanded the victim’s shoes, and the victim refused. A struggle ensued where the suspect ended up stabbing the victim multiple times. The victim was transported to an area hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Suspect: WMA in his 30's, skinny build with either extremely short hair or bald and wearing a yellow shirt and red bandana.

Subject: WMA, unknown age with long blond hair.

Case#20-10917

1211                       Central: Battery with a Deadly Weapon@4th / Elko

Officers responded on a report of a BDW with an axe. They learned the suspect swung a hatchet/axe  at the victim, striking him in the forearm. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

The suspect is described as "Brian," a light skinned BMA with a large gap between his two front teeth.

Case#20-10936

2153                       Central: ADW@200 blk N Sierra St

Officers responded on the report of a male threatening the victim with a knife.  The male was unknown to the area and was gone when Officers arrived.

Suspect- BMA 6'04" possibly wearing a red hoodie and riding a bike.

Case#20-10966

Sunday, June 28, 2020

0310                       South: ADW/O&R @2700 blk S. Virginia

Officers learned there was a large fight on the casino floor where security tried to break up the fight. The defendant punched a security officer while he was on the ground and then pulled a gun from his waist band and pointed the gun at security to prevent being taken into custody. The defendant ran from the casino, but returned prior to officers arriving on scene. When officers attempted to detain the defendant, he ran from officers but was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit.

Arrested: Lopez, Jorge (DOB: 09-11-98)

Case#20-10987

0640                       Central: Battery W/Deadly Weapon (Elderly Enhancement)@Evans Ave/E 4th St

Officers responded to meet with a victim of a battery.  The suspect was located and detained at Valley Rd/E 4th St.  It was learned a verbal altercation occurred over the victim's property. The suspect ripped a wooden landscaping stake from a nearby tree and struck the victim in the head and body causing a laceration.  The victim was later transported to an area hospital for further medical attention.

Arrested:

Wyatt, Marcel (11/30/1977)

Case#20-10990

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

MORNING MEDIA UPDATE

6/26/2020

Thursday, June 25, 2020
0112South: Shots Fired@1000 block Kietzke Lane

Officers responded to a report of shots fired and located several bullet strikes to a building. There were no reported injuries and the investigation is ongoing.



Case: 20-10746


0728North: Arrest - Poss. of a Stolen Motor Vehicle@800 block North Wells

Officers observed an occupied stolen vehicle and conducted a stop. Jamarcus Thomas, DOB 5/7/2002, was arrested on the above charge.



Case: 20-10754


2226North: Armed Robbery, Firearm@900 block South University Park Loop

The victims were approached by the suspects. They knew one of the suspects but not the others. When the suspects suddenly produced guns, battered 3 of the victims and then stole their property before fleeing. The unknown suspects were described as: #2 H/M/A or W/M/A, LSW a white Champion t-shirt. #3 Tongan adult male, LSW a dark colored shirt and dark jeans. #4 no description at this time.



Case: 20-10816


2256North: ADW / Shots Fired@200 Block of Talus Way

Officers responded to several reports of shots fired and located multiple casings. There were no reported injuries and the investigation is ongoing. 



Case: 20-10819


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

MORNING MEDIA UPDATE

6/25/2020

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
0251Central: Arrest - Grand Larceny@2000 block East Second Street
        The suspects were observed stealing a trailer and then fleeing. Officers located the suspects a short distance away. Abel Rivas-Diaz, DOB 12/1/1996 and John Ellis, DOB 10/4/1994, were arrested on the above charge.


Case: 20-10667


1554South: Arrest - Grand Larceny/Poss. of Stolen Property@600 block Patriot Blvd.

Officers responded to a report that a victim had located his stolen Motorcycle. They located the suspect and attempted to make contact but he fled. After a brief pursuit the suspect was taken into custody. Michael Wright, DOB 6/27/1984, was arrested on the above charges.



Case: 20-10668


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

Morning Media Update

6/22/2020

Saturday, June 20, 2020
0332               Central: Robbery, Battery with SBH, Conspiracy to commit robbery, Battery with intent to commit robbery@5th/Virginia St
Officers responded to the listed location on the report of a victim of a battery.  Upon arrival the victim was located still on the ground with serious injuries.  It was learned the victim had been battered and robbed by four unknown males who had stomped on his head while on the ground until he was unconscious.  The attack was unprovoked and the suspects are unknown to the victim. While unconscious the suspects removed property from the victim’s pockets. An RPD Officer was able to track the suspects to a vehicle on the 7th floor of a nearby casino parking garage.  While walking to the casino registration desk the Officer spotted all four suspects who were taken into custody.

Arrested:

Manuel Ortiz 04/20/2001

Joseph Cuaron 05/27/2000

Gonzalo Sanchez 11/13/1999

17 y/o male

Charges: Robbery, Conspiracy to commit robbery, battery with the intent to commit robbery, battery with substantial bodily harm.

Case#20--10378

1541                       Central: Assault with a Deadly Weapon@400 blk Evans Av.

The victim was in the front of an apartment visiting with friends when the suspect approached the group. The suspect walked up to the victim and told him he did not belong in the area and pointed a pistol at the victim. Officers arrived on scene and located the suspect and the firearm.

Arrested: Granger, Christopher 7/3/67

Case#20-10404

1725                       Central: CCW/EF Possession of Firearm@1st St./West St.

DET Officers contacted the defendant for possession of an open container in public.  Upon being detained, the defendant attempted to flee, but was quickly taken into custody.  During a search incident to arrest, DET Officers located a loaded .38 revolver concealed in the defendant's pants pocket.  The defendant was found to be a convicted felon and prohibited to possess a firearm.

Arrested: Ruiz, Jorge (11/05/1992)

Case#20-10413

2147                       North: Peeping Arrest@1600 blk Wedekind

Officers responded to the listed address on a report of a male subject that was peering into the reporting party’s window.  Officers made contact with the suspect and he was arrested for peeping, destruction of property, possession of open container, and trespassing.

Arrested- Kenneth Sigler (2-26-87)

Case#20-10504

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

Join us for a Virtual Town Hall on Community Policing in Northern Nevada on Monday, June 22, 2020 at 5 p.m

6/22/2020

Join us for a Virtual Town Hall on Community Policing in Northern Nevada on Monday, June 22, 2020 at 5 p.m. Watch at https://www.facebook.com/NNPCC/ and Charter Spectrum channel 193.

The Town Hall will feature a review of the 2018 Guinn Center Report, and how recommendations from the report have been implemented over the past two years by law enforcement agencies in Northern Nevada.

The Town Hall will include representatives from:
-Guinn Center
-Reno City Council
-Reno Police Department
-Sparks City Council
-Sparks Police Department
-Washoe County
-Washoe County Sheriff’s Office

The moderators and panelists will answer live questions from the public during the Town Hall about the 2018 Guinn Center Report.

Review the report, titled “Community Policing in Northern Nevada”:
https://guinncenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Guinn-Center_Community-Policing-in-Northern-Nevada-2018.pdf
Media Update
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

MORNING MEDIA UPDATE

6/19/2020

Thursday, June 18, 2020
1530North: Robbery/GTA@Unknown block Wedekind Road

The victim gave the suspect a ride to the above location. When the suspect returned to the victim's vehicle he suddenly punched the victim, took his keys and then fled in the victim's vehicle. The suspect is described as: H/M/A, 5'11" tall, medium build, shaved head, LSW a black shirt.



Case: 20-10285


2158North: Arrest - Aim a Gun at a Person/PCS/Poss. of Drug Paraphernalia/Trafficking@6000 block Antero Divre

Officers responded to a report of a disturbance where the suspect had fired a gun from within the residence. During the investigation the suspect was found to be in possession of a controlled substance. Amy Baker, DOB 6/9/1974, was arrested on the above charges.



Case: 20-10307


2304South: Arrest - Ex-Felon in Possession of Firearm/CCW/Brandishing@1000 block Harvard Way

The victim and suspect were involved in a verbal confrontation when the suspect produced a gun and threatened the victim. Jeremy Daniels, DOB 5/7/1975, was arrested on the above charges.



Case: 20-10311


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

MORNING MEDIA UPDATE

6/18/2020

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
1545South: Shots Fired @Yori & Gallaway

Officers responded to multiple reports of several shots being fired and discovered several casings. There were no reported injuries and the investigation is being conducted by the Regional Gang Unit. 



Case: 20-10221


2154Central: Arrest - ADW, BB Gun@1000 block East 4th Street

The victim was approached by the unknown suspect who demanded he leave the property. When the victim refused the suspect produced a gun and threatened him. Officers made contact with the suspect a short time later. Charles Pierson, DOB 8/4/1973, was arrested on the above charge. 



Case: 20-10238


2210North: Arrest - Grand Larceny/O&R @1000 block Beldon Way

Officers responded to a report of a subject causing a disturbance but as they arrived the suspect entered a vehicle and fled. Officers located the suspect a short distance away after he was involved in single vehicle accident. Keven Dusek, DOB 3/27/1990, was arrested on the above charges.



Case: 20-10239


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

MORNING MEDIA UPDATE

6/16/2020

Monday, June 15, 2020
0442North: Arrest - Intoxicated while in Poss. of a Firearm/Discharge Firearm within a Structure/Discharge a Firearm from a Vehicle/O&R@8000 block Shifting Sands Drive

Officers responded to multiple reports of shots being fired and as they arrived they observed the suspect walking in the middle of the street. They made contact with the suspect who refused to comply with their orders. During the investigation they learned he had fired the gunshots. Jason Fuentes, DOB 4/16/1991, was arrested on the above charges.



Case: 20-10056


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

HEAT Detectives arrest two for Sex Trafficking

6/11/2020

Reno, NV- In May of 2020, Reno Police Detectives currently assigned to the Human Exploitation and Trafficking Unit (HEAT) initiated an investigation into Elton Castine.  Through the investigation, probable cause was developed to arrest Mr. Castine for Sex Trafficking and Living off the Earnings of a Prostitute.  With the assistance of detectives from the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, Carson City Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, the Nevada Department of Corrections and FBI, Mr. Castine was arrested on June 9, 2020.  At the time of his arrest, Mr. Castine was also in possession of a trafficking amount of heroin and booked on drug related charges as well.

Shakwuan Mahan was with Mr. Castine at the time of his arrest and HEAT detectives had probable cause for his arrest as well, related to a separate case.  Mr. Mahan was also taken into custody without incident and charged with Attempted Sex Trafficking of a Child.    

Elton Castine  08-22-90

Charges:  Sex Trafficking, Living on the earnings of a prostitute, Pandering, Trafficking a controlled substance, Possession of a controlled substance - heroin, Possession of a controlled substance for sales.   (RPD 20-9141)

Shakwuan Mahan  01-08-94

Charge:  Attempted Sex Trafficking of a Child    (RPD 19-25227)

HEAT detectives believe there are more victims associated with these individuals. If you, or someone you know has been a victim of Sex Trafficking please call the Human Exploitation and Trafficking unit (775) 325-6470 or Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.comm, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP411) keyword – SW.

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

MORNING MEDIA UPDATE

6/11/2020

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

1846South : BDW, Shooting@4000 block Neil Road

Officers responded to a report that a victim had just been shot. The victim's injuries are non-life threatening and the investigation is being conducted by the Regional Gang Unit. 



Case: 20-9777


2041North: Armed Robbery@2000 Tripp Drive

The victim had made arrangements to meet a subject at the above locations. But the unknown subjects arrived instead. They then produced gun and pistol whipped the victim and stole his cash and property before fleeing. The suspects are described as: 2 H/M/A's, late teens to early twenties, 5'8"-5'10" tall, thin build, black curly hair.



Case: 20-9483


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

Washoe County DA's Office Releases findings in 2018 Officer-Involved Shooting- Derek Corwin Luthy

6/11/2020

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

Homicide Suspect Arrested

6/10/2020

Arrest of Homicide Suspect
On May 22, 2020 at about 12:30 A.M. the Reno Police Department responded to a homeless camp east of Aces Stadium on the report of shots fired.  When officers arrived they located a deceased male, later identified as 34 year old, Michael Roach.  It was determined Roach had been shot. The Reno Police Department Robbery Homicide Unit has taken over the investigation.

*UPDATE*

On June 9th, 2020 Detectives with the Reno Police Department Robbery/Homicide Unit arrested 55 year old Robert Smith for the murder of Michael Roach. Mr. Smith admitted to the murder and was booked into the Washoe County Jail. The motive for the murder is still under investigation.

Charges- Open Murder, Battery w/a Deadly Weapon (Case #20-6370) Ex-Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Case#20-8666

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2115, or Secret Witness at 322-4900www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP411) keywor

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

Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy holds modified graduation due to COVID-19

6/9/2020

Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy holds modified graduation due to COVID-19
Thirty-four men and women have shown that they have what it takes to wear the badges of local law enforcement agencies by completing the Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy. To get to this point, the recruits completed more than 800 hours of intensive training.

While the graduation ceremonies typically allow families, friends and future co-workers to attend the event, today’s ceremony was modified in order to keep the gathering to the recommended 50 participants. For the first time in NNLEA history, the event was live-streamed online. Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam was the keynote speaker.

Of the 34 graduates, 18 are from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, 11 are from the Reno Police Department, four from the Sparks Police Department, and one from Washoe County Juvenile Services.    

About the Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy

The regional academy is held at the Regional Public Safety Training Center. In order to meet the numerous requirements for a Category I peace officer, recruits are trained and tested physically and academically. They are also required to demonstrate their skills and abilities through scenario-based training exercises.  

Academy topics include crime and crime scene investigation, constitutional law, criminal and civil law, search and seizure, defensive tactics, emergency vehicle operation, weapons handling, victim’s rights, law enforcement ethics, and cultural awareness.

All graduates are required to pass the Nevada Peace Officers’ Standards and Training (POST) exam and meet Nevada POST physical fitness requirements.

The Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy is a Nevada approved POST Academy. The Academy is a cooperative effort between the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department, University Police Services, and the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.

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

MORNING MEDIA UPDATE

6/9/2020

Monday, June 8, 2020

2130South: Shots Fired @2000 block Yori Ave.

Officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired and discovered several residences had been hit. There were no reported in juries and the investigation is ongoing. 



Case: 20-9658


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

MORNING MEDIA UPDATE

6/4/2020

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
0115North: BDW, Nut Wrench@Carville @ Sutro

The unknown suspect exited a vehicle and threw a Nut Wrench at the victim striking him in the leg. The suspect then returned to the vehicle and fled. The suspect is described as: H/M/A, mid thirties, no shirt.



Case: 20-9357


2113North: Arrest - Discharge of a Firearm Endangering Others@5000 block Sydney Court

The suspect was involved in a dispute with another subject when she produced a gun and fired into the air as she fled in a vehicle. The suspect was located a short time later. Kimberly Thomas, DOB 5/16/1969, was arrested on the above charge.



Case: 20-9407


2303South: BDW, Stabbing@200 block East Grove

The victim was approached by an unknown suspect who produced a knife and stabbed him in the abdomen. The victims injury was non-life threatening. The suspect is described as: H/M, late teens to early twenties, LSW a 2 tone blue over dark blue Nike jacket, blue jeans, white shoes.



Case: 20-9409


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

MORNING MEDIA UPDATE

6/3/2020

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

0935South: Attempted Strong Arm Robbery@3000 block South Virginia Street

The victim attempted to stop the suspect from leaving without paying for merchandise. The suspect threatened the victim and a struggle occurred. The suspect then fled without the merchandise. The suspect is described as: W/M/A, late thirties, 5'10" tall 180 lbs., LSW a blue corduroy shirt and black pants.



Case: 20-9291


1234Central: BDW, Shooting @400 block West 2nd Street

Officers responded to reports of shots fired.  During the investigation they learned 2 victims with non-life threatening gun shot wounds had arrived at a local hospital. The investigation is ongoing and there are no suspect descriptions at this time.



Case: 20-9305


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

Updated Arrest and Suspect Information

6/2/2020

On Saturday, May 30, 2020, a group of rioters attacked the Reno Police Department's main station. Some of these individuals proceeded to throw rocks at the station and parked police cars, tag the station with anti-police graffiti, and remove and burn the American flag.  Members of the group also unsuccessfully attempted to breach the police station causing additional damage. These rioters expanded to Reno City Hall where they forced entry into the building and proceeded to set fires and loot. 

The Northern Nevada Regional Intelligence Center (NNRIC), the Regional Gang Unit, Regional Crime Suppression Team and Regional Narcotics Units, consisting of detectives and crime analysts from all three law enforcement agencies immediately began efforts to identify the individuals responsible for the incidents at the police station and City Hall.  

The individuals depicted below have either been located and arrested for their roles, or we still need help identifying.

#1- Wesley Compton- Arrested 6/2/2020 for Theft (Felony) and Destruction of Property (Gross Misdemeanor).He was involved in the police station incident as evidenced by this photo that shows him carrying our Police Department badge replica. Furthermore, he has also been identified as one of the individuals throwing rocks at Officers during the riot and will be additionally booked for Assault on a Police Officer. 

 

#2 - The individual depicted above is responsible for destruction of property at City Hall, entering and helping to start a fire at City Hall.  We do not have him identified and ask that anyone having any information about this case to contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2188, or Secret Witness at 322-4900,www.secretwitness.comm, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP411) keyword – SW.

** The Regional Units listed above are dedicated personnel from the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. These Regional teams were established after conversations between Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam, Chief Pete Krall and Chief Jason Soto, in an effort to better collaborate and fight criminal activity in the Truckee Meadows