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Police, Residents React to String of Las Vegas Home Invasions

LAS VEGAS -- A string of home robberies in the valley has many homeowners on edge. 15 robberies have occurred since January. In many cases, the suspects held the homeowners at gun-point. Police say in every case, the homeowner did not take precautions to prevent the crimes from happening.

The latest robbery happened at a home near 215 and Durango Thursday morning. Police say the robbers held the homeowner at gun-point and stole several items, including a television and an X-Box.

Las Vegas Police Search for Suspects in Several Home Robberies

LAS VEGAS - Police are putting out an alert about two armed robbers. The men are considered armed and dangerous. During the last two months, the pair has targeted homes across the valley.

Ryan is one of their victims. He asked that his last name not be used in this story. Just after midnight, on a Sunday this month, Ryan was sitting on a driveway with his friend. He soon found himself staring down the barrel of a gun.

"He walked me up there (to the house) with a gun to my neck and took me in the house and threw me on the bed," Ryan said. "Meanwhile, she was on the bed, and the guy who brought her in was holding a gun to her head."

Metro Investigates Home Invasion

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a home invasion in the northwest part of the valley that happened around midnight near Centennial Hills and Durango.

Metro says two armed gunmen got into the home through an unlocked door. The suspects got away with various electronics. The homeowners were not hurt.

Metro Reports Burglaries Down in Northwest Neighborhoods

LAS VEGAS -- Metro's Northwest Area Command says their property crime statistics are down slightly this year. But people living in some northwest neighborhoods say they don't believe those numbers.

Centennial Hills , north Summerlin and neighborhoods all around Metro's Northwest Area Command have some good news according to property crimes Sergeant Tom Melton. His numbers show that compared to a similar time last year, burglaries are down 26 percent and auto thefts are holding steady.

"I have six detectives here at Northwest Area Command and I told you earlier I scan around 700 reports," said Sgt. Tom Melton, Metro.

But Richard Kronen says his northwest neighborhood has seen more property crimes this year than ever before. He describes what happened next door.

Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty

LAS VEGAS -- Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against a California man charged with sexually assaulting and strangling a Las Vegas woman at her home in January.

The Clark County district attorney's office made the announcement Wednesday. Derrick Valentine is charged with a count of murder and two counts of sexual assault in the Jan. 22 death of 35-year-old Melodie Walker. The 37-year-old Valentine has pleaded not guilty. A hearing in the case is set for April 7.

Valentine is from Pasadena, Calif. He's accused of killing Walker after she tripped a burglar alarm trying to escape during what Valentine allegedly told police was forced sexual contact. The coroner ruled Walker was strangled. Valentine is being held at the Clark County jail.

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Homeowner Shot in Apparent Home Invasion

LAS VEGAS -- A homeowner was shot during a home invasion early Wednesday morning in the northwest part of the valley.

The incident happened around midnight near Craig Road and Durango Drive. Metro says it appears two men entered the home through an unlocked door and shot the homeowner.

The homeowner was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Metro believes the attack was random.

More Homeowners Falling Delinquent on Mortgages

LAS VEGAS -- The number of Southern Nevada homeowners delinquent on their mortgage payments has climbed steadily for the past several months. In some cases, it's people just willing to walk away from their homes, and in other cases, homeowners are holding out hope that they will get a loan modification.

In any given neighborhood, chances are good that a homeowner is the process of walking away from their mortgage. In the past, five months was typically the longest a homeowner could stay in their home until the bank would come knocking. But that is no longer the case.

Nick Nolf with The Nolf Group has been in the real estate business through the boom, the bust, and now the slow turn-around.