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June 14 Crime Report


Convenience store robberies. See June 8.

Of Interest

The Washoe County Sheriffs Office is creating a program to help those community members who wander, perhaps due to Alzheimers, dementia, or other diseases of the mind. They are working with other community partners to create the Washoe County “Wandering” Initiative. One part of the initiative is to create “Wandering Kits” to give to caregivers; the kits will include doorknob covers, digital resources, an ID bracelet, and information on the Care Trak system. The kits are being distributed by Kids to Seniors Korner. To obtain a free kit, caregivers can pick them up at 224 Edison Way #500, Reno, NV 89502 or they can contact K2SK at (775) 858-5251 to arrange for delivery.

On June 6, the Regional Street Enforcement Team conducted a sting on a number of bars, restaurants, and stores throughout downtown Reno. Four underage volunteers tried to purchase liquor at 29 different locations, always providing their state-issued ID that proved they were underage. Four bars and three stores sold alcohol to the underage volunteers; all locations were cited and will pay a $500 fine.

June 7, 2015

Officers responded to a report of shots fired on Tripp Drive. On investigation they found several casings, but no injuries were reported. The investigation is ongoing.

A victim was approached by several suspects at Brodhead Park. The suspects demanded money, which the victim didn’t have, so they stole his property instead. The suspects are described as: #1: male adult, mid-20s to mid-30s, short black hair, last seen wearing tan shorts and an unknown color t-shirt; #2: male adult; #3: female adult.

Officers responded to a report of battery with deadly weapon and stabbing on North Virginia Street. The victim was treated for life-threatening injuries and the incident is being investigated by the gang unit.

A victim saw a suspect enter her residence on Colorado River Blvd. She yelled, causing the suspect to flee, but he was found a short time later. When officers intervened, the suspect was combative while being taken into custody. Richard Rios was arrested on charges of attempted residential burglary, vehicle burglary, battery on a police officer, and possession of burglary tools.

Ariel Williams was arrested on charges of battery with a deadly weapon using a knife and domestic battery on Kuenzli Avenue.

June 8, 2015

The Sparks Police Department is investigating a series of robberies which occurred at several convenience stores throughout the city. In the first robbery, a white or Hispanic male entered the 7-11 at 600 15th St. on 4/25/15 and brandished a weapon. On 5/12/15, a white male adult entered the Kwik Mart at 2191 Pyramid Way and brandished a weapon at the clerk. On 5/21/15, a black male adult entered the Kwik Mart and brandished a weapon at the clerk. A possible suspect vehicle is described as a dark colored mid-size SUV.

June 9, 2015

Officers met with someone who had been the victim of a stabbing on Neil Road. The victim’s injuries are non-life threatening and the investigation is ongoing.

Micah Varnum was arrested on charges of home invasion on South Virginia Street.

Officers spotted a potential suspect getting into and out of a vehicle with fictitious plates behind a closed business. He attempted to run when officers made contact. Joshua Dennis was arrested on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, grand larceny of a vehicle, and having fictitious plates on a vehicle on Brinkby Lane.

Tracy Ellingson was arrested for child neglect on East Second Street.

June 10, 2015

Officers responded to a report of a commercial burglary on South Virginia Street. The door to the business had been pried open, but no entry was made. There was no reported loss and there are no suspects at this time.

Officers are searching for suspects after a robbery on North Arlington Street. The victim invited the suspect into his room. The suspect left a short time later and returned with others, beating the victim and stealing his money and property. The suspects are described as: #1: black male adult, mid-40s, 6’, stocky build; #2: white male adult, 6’1”, thin build, tattoos on neck, hands, and wrists; #3: white female adult, mid-30s, 5’10”, red hair, tattoos on forearm and chest.

June 11, 2015

Thomas Herndon was convicted of eight counts of sexual assault on a child and two counts of lewdness with a child under age 14. Herndon was given 10 life sentences, each with the possibility of parole in 10-35 years. Sentences for each of the counts were specified to run concurrently or consecutively for a minimum of 90 years before parole eligibility.

Ashley Kimball was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle at 4th and Spokane.

Adam Gordanier was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and not having a bike light at 6th and Evans.

Officers are seeking a suspect in an armed robbery on North Virginia Street. The suspect is described as a white male adult, 5’8”, 160 pounds, last seen wearing a gray tank top and black shorts.

June 12, 2015

Around 3:30 a.m. officers responded to a report of a robbery at 7-11 at 3431 White Lake Parkway in Cold Springs. The suspect produced a handgun and demanded cash from the register; he eventually fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. Officers believe this is the same suspect from a June 5 robbery at a Lemmon Valley 7-11.

Sparks Police are currently searching for Priscilla Leyva who, along with her boyfriend, are believed to have kidnapped her seven month old son. They were involved in a domestic disturbance before being seen leaving together in a faded black Mitsubishi Galant, with NV license plate 876-AWA. The boyfriend later held Leyva and the child at gunpoint, refusing to let either of them go. Police are currently searching for all three.

June 13, 2015

Robinhood Park was dedicated today in honor of late Reno Police officer Craig Pittman. Officer Pittman was model for the department’s community policing methods and was instrumental in creating Robinhood Park in the early 1990s. He also created the Senior Auxiliary Volunteers Effort program. Officer Pittman’s family will be awarded the Chief’s Commendation Medal in his honor.

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