Police arrested a Nevada politician in connection with the murder of a Las Vegas journalist who had written stories about the county official, officials said on Wednesday:.
Clark County public administrator Robert Telles was taken into custody Wednesday, hours after a search warrant was issued at his home by police investigating the death of Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German, officials said.
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo Confirmed Arrest To the Review Journalwho first reported the news, telling county attorney general Steven Wolfson: The New York Times that Telles had been taken into custody.
Telles, 45, was arrested on suspicion of murder, according to records from the Clark County Detention Center. His first court hearing was scheduled for Thursday, according to prison records.
A German who reported on alleged bullying and favoritism in Telles’ office was stabbed to death outside his Bronze Circle home on Saturday. He was believed to have died on Friday, police said.
German, 69, died of “multiple injuries from sharp forces,” the Clark County Office of the coroner/medical examiner has said.
“The arrest of Robert Telles is both a huge relief and an outrage for the editors of Review-Journal,” editor-in-chief Glenn Cook said in a statement Wednesday night. “We are relieved that Robert Telles is in custody and outraged that a colleague appears to have been killed for reporting on an elected official. Journalists cannot do the important work our communities need if they fear that a presentation of facts could lead to violent retaliation.”
Police have released surveillance video showing a possible suspect wearing a wide straw hat and bright orange long-sleeved reflective shirt.
The possible attacker appeared to be driving a red GMC Yukon, authorities said.
Police dropped off a block from Spanish Steps Lane and retrieved what appeared to be a red SUV from a house. Telles has a listed address in block 9600 of Spanish Steps Lane.
Telles could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon. A call to his Clark County office, which oversees the estates of people who… die without legal next of kinreturned to an after-hours answering service.
Telles lost a tight race for his job in June when he was ousted the Democratic primaries. He received 35,279 votes, or 32.4%, finishing just behind one of his top deputies, Rita Reid, who had 37,401 votes, or 34.3%.
Telles was openly hostile to German for publishing reports of bullying and favoritism in his office. reported the Review-Journal.
Tim Stelloh contributed.