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Human Remains Found in Backyard

LAS VEGAS -- Metro police are investigating after human remains were found in the backyard at a Las Vegas home Saturday.

Officers were called to the 1300 block of Gold Ave., near Owens Ave. and Martin Luther King Dr. around 11:15 a.m. Saturday morning. According to police, a homeowner reported finding some suspicious remains in the backyard where he was digging.

Detectives determined that a married couple previously occupied the residence and the male owner leased the residence to the current occupant. Detectives are attempting to locate him and he is considered a person of interest in this case. 

They are also attempting to locate the female and have not ruled out the possibility that the body may be that of the female. The identity of the deceased will be withheld pending autopsy by the Clark County Coroners Office and notification of next of kin.

Suspected Bank Robber Sought by Metro Police

Suspected Bank Robber Sought by Metro Police

Metro Police need help finding a man suspected of robbing a bank in the northwest part of the valley.

Near 1:30 p.m. on April 15, the man approached a teller, placed a backpack on the counter and handed a demand note to the teller. He claimed to have a gun, but none was seen. The man received some money and fled the bank on foot.

The suspect is described as a black man between 20 and 30 years old, 5-foot-10 to 6-feet tall, 180 to 200 pounds, last seen wearing a red and gray-striped polo shirt, jeans, a black baseball cap with a design and a black backpack.

Anyone with information is urged to call Metro’s Robbery Section at 828-3591 or, to report anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555 or go to crimestoppersofnv.com. Tips through Crime Stoppers directly leading to an arrest or an indictment may result in a cash reward. Information can also be submitted through lasvegasbankrobbers.com.

Man Killed by Police Linked to Second Rape

LAS VEGAS -- New evidence has connected a rapist to two brutal sexual assault cases. DNA test results show the man shot and killed by police April 4 is the same rapist who struck in northwest Las Vegas last month.

The Val D'Isere Townhouse complex is gated, but in the early hours of March 30, violence shattered the quiet, peaceful community.

Val D'Isere resident Glenroy Jones was alarmed to learn a fellow resident was raped by an attacker who had been hiding in her home.

"This is such a quiet neighborhood," Jones said. "I'd be very glad if they would start a neighborhood watch in here."

Police say the man bound the woman but untied her after he sexually assaulted her. She fought back and injured him before he ran off.

Police Plan Checkpoints to Find Witnesses to Murder

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police are planning two checkpoints near the scene of a murder to look for possible witnesses.

Michael Portaro was murdered outside the Tenaya Creek Brewery one week ago. So far, police have had little information to go on about the crime. Police hope the checkpoints will find people who were in the area when the murder happened.

Portaro was found shot to death in the parking lot of the brewery on the night of March 30. The bar's manager says surveillance video showed Portaro in the parking lot selling tickets to a concert. The video then shows a man in a dark hoodie and jeans, who was sitting on a bench in front of the bar's front doors, walk up to Portaro and struggle with him. Portaro then falls to the ground and the man takes off in Portaro's car. The car was later found abandoned.

The checkpoints will be at both lanes of Tenaya Way, just south of Cheyenne Avenue. The checkpoint will start at 9 p.m.

Metro Motorcycle Competition at Suncoast on Saturday

Metro Motorcycle Competition at Suncoast on Saturday

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department will host Saturday its 15th Annual Southwest Police Motorcycle Training and Competition.

This event is an opportunity for police motorcycle officers from across the country to compete and share training ideas. There will be a timed cone course testing the rider’s ability on several different exercises. We will also have a slow race, team ride and pair ride. Officers will compete on their duty motorcycles, Harley Davidson, BMW, Kawasaki or Honda, while in full uniform.

The event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the marquee parking lot of the Suncoast Hotel and Casino (Rampart and Alta) from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be motorcycles, vendors, food, music, and other fun displays for the entire family, and a chance to meet police motorcycle officers from across the country.

All of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Special Olympics Nevada.

Police Release Pictures in Sexual Assault Case

LAS VEGAS -- Police have released surveillance pictures of a man who they say is a person of interest in a sexual assault case.

Metro police say the suspect picked his target, broke into her home and hid, and then beat and sexually assaulted the woman when she returned to her northwest home early Wednesday morning.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned Hispanic man about 5'10" tall and weighing around 160 pounds with a thin build. He has curly hair and was last seen wearing a long sleeved gray shirt and blue jeans. Police say the suspect fled through a neighborhood near Washington Ave. and Durango Dr. and was either on foot or riding a bike.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro's Sexual Assault Detail at 828-3421 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

 

Police Search for Sexual Assault Suspect

LAS VEGAS - Metro Police need your help locating the man who beat and sexually attacked a woman in her own home. Detectives say the man broke into the victim's northwest home Tuesday morning and waited for her to come home from work.

According to detectives, the suspect picked his target, broke into the house, hid in a bedroom and waited for his victim to return home. When she walked in, he beat and sexually assaulted her.

"These are the people we think of when we don't want to be alone, when we don't want to live alone. That's why this guy needs to be taken into custody as quickly as possible," said Metro Police Lt. Robert DuVall. "The victim was incredible. She was very helpful to us."

Police say the victim's roommate, who was home at the time, couldn't hear a thing and was totally unaware of the assault. The victim managed to put up a fight before her attacker got away.