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July 26 Crime Report


Denise Street
Denise Street

Of Interest

At 10:20 a.m. on July 18 officers responded to a report of domestic violence in the 2000 block of Centennial Way. The victim was Angelica Hood who, despite treatment, succumbed to her injuries. Dempsey Hood was arrested in Sun Valley for battery causing substantial bodily harm, domestic battery, assault on a protected person, duty to stop at an accident, reckless driving, and resisting a public officer. He was ultimately charged with open murder.

Investigators are trying to solve a 33 year old cold case murder and are seeking the public’s help. Officers believe the victim’s disappearance in 1982 was never reported because of her estrangement from family and friends. Officers hope sharing the case on social media will provide clues that will lead to the closure of this case. Read more about the case here. http://www.washoesheriff.com/press-releases.php?id=1500084

Police are asking the public to be aware of a possible fraud scam happening in the area. Suspect Danielle Benefield has been taking advantage of the elderly population, befriending them at local grocery stores before stealing their wallets. If you believe you may have been victimized by Benefield, please contact Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.

With more people riding their bikes, officers want to remind the public that cyclists and motorists must share the road and watch out for one another when traveling on the streets, especially those that have a high volume of traffic. The seven bicycle related fatalities in Nevada in 2015 is seven too many.

Sunday, July 19

Michael Hartman was arrested on charges of domestic battery and preventing 911 on East Seventh Street.

Edward Thornhill was arrested on charges of an ex-felon failing to change an address, domestic battery, battery with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, and eluding at East Second and Park Street.

Monday, July 20

Around 8 a.m. a suspicious package was delivered to Renown South Meadows. The Consolidated Bomb Squad was called out to investigate and discovered the package consisted of webbing that is often secured to expensive items to prevent them from being shoplifted.

Trevor Johnson was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct on Mae Anne Avenue.

A victim and a suspect were involved in a physical altercation, resulting in the suspect shooting the victim in the knee. The victim’s injury is non-life threatening. The suspect is described as a hispanic male adult, 6’, small mustache, and last seen wearing black pants.

A victim went to a suspect’s residence to obtain property lent to the suspect, which led the suspect to go to the victim’s residence and beat him. The suspect has been identified but is outstanding.

Tuesday, July 21

A suspect approached an employee and demanded money during a robbery on Clear Acre Lane. The total loss has not been disclosed. The suspect is described as a white male adult, mid 30s, 5’10”, thin build, and last seen wearing a multicolored knit cap, white sweatshirt, black pants, and black shoes.

A victim returned home to find a suspect in his residence. On entering the house further, the victim found yet another suspect, who struck the victim with a crowbar before fleeing the scene with his accomplice. Bryan Martinez and a juvenile were arrested on charges of residential burglary on North University Park Loop.

A suspect entered a business on Paradise displaying a handgun and demanding money from the cash register. The employee cooperated and the suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect is described as a white male adult, 5’4”-5’5”, thin build, short blond hair, deep blue eyes, and last seen wearing a long sleeved white sweatshirt with a black or blue pattern, blue polo shirt with light blue or white stripes, and dark blue jeans.

Officers responded to a report of a potentially suicidal subject on North Virginia Street. While searching the residence, officers found drugs and drug paraphernalia. William Karambelas was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale, trafficking, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wednesday, July 22

Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for Denise Street (see photo), who is wanted on a battery with a deadly weapon charge after an incident in the 9300 block of Fleetwood in Lemmon Valley. Shortly after 5 p.m., police responded to a report of a victim with stab wounds – the victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Street is described as a hispanic female, 5’3”, 200 pounds, brown eyes, and brown hair.

Shayana Defranchessin was arrested for trespassing on East Second Street. Once Defranchessin was taken into custody, she began kicking the windows of the patrol car and being combative.

Angel Farias was arrested on Valley Road for possession of stolen property.

Friday, July 24

From today through August 10, Reno Police will be keeping an eye out for speeding motorcyclists. Any and all speeding violations will be strictly enforced. Statistics show 24% of motorcyclists in fatal crashes didn’t have a motorcycle endorsement, and they have a 300% greater chance of being involved in a fatal accident over licensed motorcycle riders. With stats like those, it pays to be aware of yourself and your surroundings when riding your motorcycle.

Jerry Ruch was sentenced to 11 years in prison today for driving a stolen motor vehicle and reckless fleeing from law enforcement. Ruch was caught after the stolen vehicle he was driving crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of 1st Street and Vine in downtown Reno. Ruch pled guilty to all charges and will be eligible for parole after four years and three months.

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