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THE RENO

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Your Police, Our Community
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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

Suspects Involved in Vehicle Burglaries being Sought By Reno Police

12/27/2017

Reno, NV –   Over the last several weeks, two unknown females have been using stolen credit cards taken in vehicle burglaries in Reno and in the area of the University of Nevada Reno.  The suspects were recently caught on security cameras at local area stores using the stolen cards. 

The suspects in this case are described as two African American females between 25 to 30 years of age, and between 5’5” to 5’7” tall.   One of the females has a large build, and the other female has a thin build. 

Reno Police want to remind our community to never keep valuables inside their vehicles, even when they are parked in the garage, document all your valuables, and install security surveillance cameras or alarms at the main access points to your home or business. 

Anyone having any information about the suspects in this case 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 # 17-109366

RPD Case # 17-25566

UNR Case #17-829

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

12/27/2017

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

1020North: Arrest - BDW, Vehicle/Domestic Battery@Mannington St.

Michael DePalma, DOB 2/14/1972, was arrested on the above charges.



Case: 17-27513


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

Safety Tips for Celebrating the New Year in Downtown Reno

12/27/2017

Reno, NV With 2017 coming to a close, the City of Reno and the men and women of the Reno Police Department want to ensure that everyone who is going to downtown Reno for New Years Eve has a safe and enjoyable experience.  

The weather forecast for New Years Eve is predicting temperatures to be in the 30’s and 40’s, and the Reno Police Department is expecting big crowds in the downtown area.   With large crowds being combined with alcohol and pedestrian traffic, we want to remind the community of some basic tips to ring in 2018 safely.   

  • No alcohol will be permitted outside any of the bars or casinos
  • Do not leave your drinks unattended and have a friend watch out for your safety
  • Start out with a fully charged cell phone
  • Have a plan if you get separated from your friends
  • Drive Sober! Drive Alert!  Let’s have Zero Fatalities in Nevada 

The Reno Police Department also wants to also remind everyone who may be coming into the downtown area to celebrate that Virginia Street will be closed from 1st Street north to 6th Street from 9:00 pm until approximately 5:00 am.  Fireworks this year will be launched from the Silver Legacy and Harrah’s, so plan accordingly on where you and your family want to watch them.  If you are planning on driving to downtown please drive safely and watch out for pedestrians. 

The men and women of the Reno Police Department are committed to being a model of policing excellence, and being completely integrated into our community.  Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for more information on the Reno Police Department.  

“Your Police, Our Community.”

 

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

12/26/2017

Thursday, December 21, 2017

0156North: Arrest - PSMV/PCS@Silverada Blvd.

Officers located an occupied vehicle and made contact with the occupants. Jimmy Turner, DOB 2/8/1985, was arrested on the above charges. Robert Devencenzi, DOB 3/30/1982, was arrested for PCS & Trafficking..



Case: 17-27201


0336South: Attempted Commercial Burglary@Plumb Ln.

Officers responded to a report of an alarm and discovered a window had been broken but entry had not been made. There are no suspects at this time.



Case: 17-27204


1553South: Arrest - Domestic Battery/O&R/DOP @South Virginia St.

Trisha Braun, DOB 2/28/1976, was arrested on the above charges.



Case: 17-27243


2131South: ADW, Firearm/Discharge Firearm in City Limits @I-580 North & Plumb Ln

The victim and suspect were involved in a road rage incident when the suspect shot at and struck the victim's vehicle before fleeing the area. There were no reported injuries and the suspect vehicle is described as: White newer Toyota Camry with unknown Nevada plates.



Case: 17-27263


Friday, December 22, 2017

0836Central: Arrest - BDW, Stabbing@North Virginia St.

The victim and suspect were involved in an altercation when the suspect produced a knife and stabbed the victim in the back and then fled. The suspect was located a short distance away and John Koenig, DOB 12/20/1985, was arrested on the above charge. The victims injury was non-life threatening.



Case: 17-27279


2220South: Arrest - Trespass/Battery/Battery on Peace Officer/Possession of Dangerous Weapon@South Virginia St.

Officers responded to a suspect being held for trespassing and battery. Upon making contact with the suspect he became combative and began kicking Officers and was then found to be in possession of an improvised weapon. Michael Ragan, DOB 7/25/1973, was arrested on the above charges.



Case: 17-27336


Saturday, December 23, 2017

0153North: Arrest - Domestic BDW, Stabbing@Silver Lake Rd.

Kristen Miner, DOB 3/5/1977, was arrested on the above charge.



Case: 17-27342


1242South: Arrest - Discharge of a Firearm within a Structure@Offenhauser

The suspect had discharged a firearm inside of his residence. Brian Kibbe, DOB 3/17/1957, was arrested on the above charge.



Case: 17-27366


Sunday, December 24, 2017

0333South: Arrest - Vehicle Burglary@Idlewild Dr.

Officers responded to reports of suspects looking inside parked vehicles and observed the suspects attempting to leave the area as they arrived. Officers located one of the suspects who had property on him that was taken in a Vehicle Burglary. Shawn Cawley, DOB 9/25/1972, was arrested on the above charge. 



Case: 17-27404


1915South: Arrest - Domestic Battery/O&R@Rosewood

Andrei O'Brien, DOB 8/21/1997, was arrested on the above charges.



Case: 17-27438


2230Central: Robbery/GTA@Roff Way

The victim was inside a vehicle when the suspect approached and opened the car door. The suspect then began to batter the victim and stole the car keys. The victim was able to get away but when she returned the vehicle was gone. The suspect is described as: B/F/A, 5'10" tall, LSW black and red clothing.



Case: 17-27447


2353South: Arrest - PCS/PCS-Sales/Trafficking/Ex-Felon in Poss. of a Firearm @South Virginia St.

Officers responded to a report of an unwanted subject on the property. After making contact with the suspect they discovered he was in possession of a controlled substance and a gun. Darren Holt, DOB 9/10/1971, was arrested on the above charges.



Case: 17-27450


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

Suspects in Residential Burglaries being Sought by Reno Police

12/20/2017

Reno, NV – Over the last week, two unknown male suspects have been burglarizing residence in South Reno.  A neighbor of one of the victims was able to capture images of the two suspects who were casing their home as well.    

The suspects are described as being white or Hispanic males in their late teens or early 20’s, thin build and were last seen wearing blue jeans, and carrying backpacks.  One suspect possibly has curly hair. 

Anyone having any information as to who these suspects are 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. 

RPD Case # 17-26721

RPD Case # 17-27108

RPD Case # 17-27098

 

Secondary Contact: Officer Tim Broadway, Public Information Officer

Reno Police Department

broadwayt@reno.gov | o:775-334-3850 c:775-870-6832 

 

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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

Winter Weather Driving Hazard Reminder from Reno Police

12/20/2017

Reno, NV –   With the winter weather upon us here in Northern Nevada, the Reno Police Department has unfortunately responded to several crashes related to drivers not removing ice and snow from their vehicle.  The most recent crash was this past Monday where a driver had failed to remove all the frost from their windshield and struck a pedestrian which the driver could not see.  

Reno Police would like to remind our community that drivers are required to remove all frost and snow from their vehicles windows prior to driving on public roads.   Removing all the frost and snow from your windows lessons the possibility of striking pedestrians and other vehicles which you may otherwise not see.

We would also like to remind our community of other winter weather safety tips which include:

• Never leave your vehicle unattended when warming it up.  If citizens need to warm their cars up they should consider investing in a security kill switch or auto start system for their vehicles. 

• Get the feel of the roadway; start out very slowly, then gently test your brakes to find out how well you can stop. Start slowing down long before you come to an intersection or turn. 

• Keep a safe distance from vehicles in front of you.  

• Reduce speed. There is no such thing as a completely safe speed on snow and ice. Each city block or stretch of highway may be different, depending upon sun, shade, amount of sanding and other conditions.  

 • Allow yourself plenty of extra time to get to your destination.

 

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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

12/18/2017

Thursday, December 14, 2017
0138North: Fire Causing Two Deaths@Stardust St.

See News Release.



Case: 17-26667


1400South: Arrest - Strong Arm Robbery@Damonte Ranch Pkwy.

The victim attempted to stop the suspect from leaving without paying for merchandise when the suspect produced a pair of brass knuckles, threatened the victim and fled to a waiting vehicle. The suspect and the suspect vehicle were located a short time later. Officers conducted a stop and the suspect attempted to flee in the vehicle. Chance Bush, DOB 7/14/1990, was arrested on the above charge as well as PCS, Poss. of Dangerous Weapon, Traffic Offenses.



Case: 17-26697 17-26736


Saturday, December 16, 2017
0603South: Arrest - Domestic Battery/Strangulation/Kidnapping/ADW, Knife@Nutmeg Pl.

Juan Sanchez-Ayala, DOB 10/12/1991, was arrested on the above charges.



Case: 17-26844


1145South: Arrest - ADW, Firearm@Plumas

See News Release.



Case: 17-26859


Sunday, December 17, 2017
1611South: Arrest - PSMV@Gentry Ln.

Officers located a stolen vehicle parked at the above location and made contact with the resident. Joel Carter, DOB 3/19/1986, was arrested on the above charge.



Case: 17-26941


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

12/14/2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
1506Central: Arrest - Fraud/PCS/Pedestrian Traffic Offenses@4th & Virginia

Officers stopped the suspect for pedestrian traffic violations. When Officers made contact with the suspect he became uncooperative and they located narcotics and fraud related items. Dewayne Richardson, DOB 9/25/1986, was arrested on the above charges. 



Case: 17-26625


2035Central: Arrest - Arson/ADW/PCS/Trespass@North Virginia St.

Antonio Thomas, DOB 4/22/1987, was arrested on the above charges.



Case: 17-26652


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 Increase in Phone Scams over the Holidays

12/12/2017

Reno, NV – Over the last several weeks Reno Police has taken numerous reports from citizens who have lost money to phone scammers.  Some of the phone scams reported to local police in our area have been scammers telling people they have warrants for their arrest, or a family member has been arrested, and to send money to prevent any further action.  Additional scams we have seen in our area are IRS, NV Energy, and Publisher Clearing House scams.  

After a lengthy and legitimate sounding phone call, the victims agree to send a money order, or provide their bank account information.  After the victims have given money to the scammers, the victim contacts local authorities or their family member and discover they have been scammed. 

The Reno Police Department wants to remind our community of some basic safety tips when they receive calls from potential scammers. 

1. Be wary if you are being asked to act immediately. Scammers typically try to push you into action before you have had time to think.  

2. The IRS, NV Energy and local law enforcement doesn't call text or email for money over the phone.  You will be contacted in person or by mail. 

3. Don't wire money or use a prepaid debit card. Scammers often pressure people into wiring money or using a prepaid debit card. It's like sending cash: once it's gone, you can't trace it.  

4. If it sounds too good to be true it normally is. 

5.  If you won a prize from any legitimate company or business, you do not have to send money to get money. 

6.  Ask the person on the other end for verification of who they are, and mail you information before agreeing to send any money to them. 

Reno Police also want to encourage anyone who has elderly friends or family to discuss these phone scams with them and to advise them to not send any money to these scammers. 

Citizens are encouraged to report the incident involving persons claiming to be with IRS to the Department of the Treasury at 800-366-4484 or on line at ortigta.gov.  Anyone who has been a victim of these phones scams in Reno is asked to file a report with Reno Police.

 

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

12/12/2017

Monday, December 11, 2017

1831South: Arrest - O&R/Domestic Battery Warrant@Brinkby Ave.

See News Release.



Case: 17-26498


2107Central: Arrest - Domestic Battery@Lake St.

Alexander Kidd, DOB 8/21/1986, was arrested on the above charge.



Case: 17-26506


2332South: BDW/Shooting@Yori Ave.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting and located a victim with a non-life threatening wound to the leg. The Regional Gang Unit will be conducting the investigation. 



Case: 17-26512


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

12/12/2017

Thursday, December 7, 2017

0341North: Arrest - Residential Burglary@North Sierra St.

The victim arrived home to find the suspect exiting the residence with property. Phillip Jimenez, DOB 11/1/1955, was arrested on the above charge.



Case: 17-26116


Friday, December 8, 2017

1452South: Two Vehicle Accident@Holcomb&Vassar

See News Release.



Case: 17-26242


Saturday, December 9, 2017

0430Central: Armed Robbery, Firearm@North Wells Ave.

The victim answered a knock at his door to find the suspect who was holding a gun and demanded his money and property. The suspect is described as: B/M/A, mid twenties to mid thirties, 6'1"-6'3" tall, thin build, LSW a red sweater, black jeans and black hat.



Case: 17-26291


1647Central: Arrest - Discharge Firearm in City / O&R with Firearm@5th & Center St.

Officers responded to reports of shots fired and located the suspect in the area. When they went to make contact the suspect attempted to flee. Luis Rubio, DOB 3/25/1995, was arrested on the above charges.



Case: 17-26323


2341South: Arrest - Sexual Assault@Whitecliff Dr.

Brehnen Wong, DOB 11/12/1981, was arrested on the above charge.



Case: 17-26356


Sunday, December 10, 2017

1133North: Arrest - ADW, Knife/Domestic Battery/O&R/Kidnapping/Coercion with a Deadly Weapon@North McCarran Blvd.

Juan DeJesus-Mena, DOB 2/8/1994, was arrested on the above charges.



Case: 17-26393


1450North: ADW, Firearm@Wyoming Ave.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting. There were no reported injuries and the investigation is ongoing.



Case: 17-26402


2333South: ADW, Knife@Holcomb Ave.

The victim discovered the suspect was armed with a knife and following him. The victim was able to run to a nearby business and Officers located the suspect a short time later in the area. Justin Lunny, DOB 5/12/1989, was arrested on the above charge.

Case: 17-26424


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

12/6/2017

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
0001South: Arrest - Unlawful Contact with a Minor @Harvard Wy.

George Mari, DOB 4/24/1960, was arrested on the above charge.



Case: 17-25960


0800North: BDW, Knife/Robbery@North Virginia St.

The victim was home when the suspects entered his residence and made demands. When the victim denied knowing what they were talking about one of the suspects stabbed him in the shoulder. The victim noticed his wallet was missing after the suspects fled. The victim's injury is non-life threatening. The suspects are described as: #1 W/M/A, mid twenties, 5'10" tall, thin build, long brown hair, LSW a white tank top, blue jeans and a hoodie. #2 W/F/A, mid twenties, 5'4" tall, 115 lbs., long frown hair, LSW a beige shirt and brown leggings.

Case: 17-25867


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

12/5/2017

Monday, December 4, 2017
1415Central: ADW, Knife @North Sierra St

News Release forthcoming.



Case: 17-25923


1726Central: ADW, Firearm@2nd & Lake St.

The victim was driving in the area when the suspect, who was walking in the area, pointed a gun at him as he drove by.  There is no suspect description at this time.



Case: 17-25952


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 Remind Citizens of Winter Weather Safety

12/5/2017

Reno, NV As cold winter weather settles into Northern Nevada, the Reno Police Department would like to remind our community of some common safety tips when preparing to travel in our area.  Whether you are commuting to work, or a family member’s house to celebrate the holidays, the weather in our area can change quickly.   Sudden wind, rain and snowstorms create especially hazardous conditions. The most important thing to do when driving in bad weather is slow down, and to follow these safety tips:

 

• Never leave your vehicle unattended when warming it up.  If citizens need to warm their cars up they should consider investing in a security kill switch or auto start system for their vehicles.

 

• Make sure your vehicle is properly serviced.  Check your battery, antifreeze, wipers, windshield washer fluid, ignition system, lights, and your vehicles heater. 

 

• Remove all ice and snow from your windshield and windows before you leave your residence.

 

• Get the feel of the roadway; start out very slowly, then gently test your brakes to find out how well you can stop. Start slowing down long before you come to an intersection or turn.

 

• Keep a safe distance from vehicles in front of you.

 

• Reduce speed. There is no such thing as a completely safe speed on snow and ice. Each city block or stretch of highway may be different, depending upon sun, shade, amount of sanding and other conditions.

 

 • Allow yourself plenty of extra time to get to your destination.

 

We would also like to remind our citizens that studded snow tires may only be used from October 1 through April 30. Tires with retractable studs are allowed any time of year, but the studs may be extended or engaged only during the dates indicated.

For more information on safe winter driving tips go to the Nevada Department of Transportation website at https://www.nevadadot.com/safety/safe-winter-driving.
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

12/4/2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017
1436North: Arrest - PCS/Child Endangerment/Possession of Dangerous Drug without a Prescription @Mae Anne Ave.

Lora Morros, DOB 8/26/1989, was arrested on the above charges.



Case: 17-25653


Friday, December 1, 2017

1811South: Arrest - Stalking@South Virginia St.

Dereck Lee French, DOB 5/21/1983, was arrested on the above charge.



Case: 17-25736


2244North: Arrest - Child Abuse/Domestic Battery@North Virginia St.

Monica Martinez, DOB 8/21/1982, was arrested on the above charges.



Case: 17-25761


2353North: Armed Robbery/GTA@Cannan St.

The victims and suspect had driven together in the victim's vehicle to an agreed upon location. When they arrived the suspect produced a gun, demanded they exit the vehicle, and drove away. The vehicle was later located but unoccupied. The suspect is described as: H/M/A, mid twenties, 5'9"-5'11" tall, thin build, short black hair, trimmed goatee, LSW grey shoes, tan pants, yellow shirt and grey jacket.



Case: 17-25763


Saturday, December 2, 2017

0527North: Arrest - Trespass/Open Container/O&R@Sierra Highlands Dr.

Officers observed the suspect with an open container in the parking lot of a business he had previously been trespassed from. As Officers approached the suspect he attempted to flee. Donald Mercier, DOB 9/13/1989, was arrested on the above charges.



Case: 17-25774