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August 16 Crime Report

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Police Seeking Suspect in Casino Robbery

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Around 6:30 a.m. on Monday, August 10 a male suspect entered Dotty’s Casino on North Hills Blvd. in North Reno. Employees report the suspect presented a handgun and demanded money from the clerk, who complied. The suspect then fled in an unknown direction. The suspect is a white or light skinned Hispanic male, 5’4”, muscular build, brown hair and goatee, and was last seen wearing a blue shirt, black jeans, and black work boots. Anyone having information relating to this crime or the suspect is asked to please contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2188, Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

Public and Civil Records to Extend Hours

As of September 8, The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Records and Civil Sections will be opening half an hour earlier to accommodate the public’s needs. New hours will be 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The office will continue to be closed on Wednesdays. Records Section Services include work permits, CCW permits, fingerprinting, public records requests, criminal history requests, case information requests, detention facility booking information, sex offender and felon registrations, and embassy letters. The Civil Section provides for the service of temporary protection orders, evictions, stalking and harassment orders, and other legal documents needing service. Online crime reports may be filed for a number of incidents, including identification theft, residential burglary, vehicle burglary, commercial burglary, credit or debit card theft/use, destruction of property, disturbing the peace, graffiti, harassing phone calls, phone scams, lost property, suspicious circumstances, theft, TPO violations, traffic accidents on private property, trespass, vandalism, and vehicle tampering. The Sheriff’s Office Records and Civil sections are located inside the Sheriff’s Office at 911 Parr Blvd.

Male and Female Suspects Sought in Homicide

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Hector Padilla and Brittany Harkins

In mid-April 2015, police received a call from a woman who had come home to the 200 block of Crampton Street to find her boyfriend lying on the floor of their apartment with a gunshot wound in his left side. On arrival, police and paramedics attempted lifesaving measures, but the extent of the victim’s injuries was too great. Seth Lucas was pronounced dead. In recent weeks, police have been able to identify a person of interest in this case and a warrant for open murder has been issued for Hector Padilla. Padilla’s girlfriend, Brittany Harkins, has also been identified as a person of interest. Anyone having information relating to this crime or the suspect(s) should contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2188, Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

Incline Village Church Vandalized

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St. Patrick’s Church

Sometime between 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5 and 8 a.m. on Thursday, August 6, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Incline Village was vandalized by the suspects, who vandalized the church, a car in the parking lot, and stole some letters mounted on the front of the building. The Washoe County Sheriffs Office has notified the FBI, who is also investigating a series of church vandalisms that happened in Incline Village on Easter Sunday. Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to contact the FBI’s tip line at 1-800-CALL FBI, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Incline Village Substation at (775) 832-4107, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.

Officers to Receive Nathan Hale Heroism Award

Reno Police officers Ira Coffey and Michael Hicks will receive the Nathan Hale Heroism Award for heroism, given by the Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation. Officers Coffey and Hicks saved a wheelchair bound woman back in January 2014 when her apartment caught fire and she was unable to wheel herself to safety. Without regard for their own safety, the officers took the wheelchair, which was beginning to melt due to the fire, and carried the woman to waiting medical personnel, who transported the victim to the hospital for treatment for burns and smoke inhalation.

Police Officer Struck by Vehicle

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Russell Roberts

Police are searching for a suspect who struck a police officer with his car in downtown Reno early on the morning of August 13. Around 1:30 a.m., the officer was responding to a call in the 100 block of Arlington Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle. Upon being struck, the officer opened fire on the vehicle. The officer was transported to a local hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the Mercedes is asked to contact law enforcement immediately. Anyone with information about the incident that may prove useful to the investigation is asked to call the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office at (775) 328-3320 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900. The Reno Police Department invoked the Regional Officer Involved Shooting Protocol based on the overall circumstances and the potential that the suspect had been struck by the Officer’s rounds. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is now the lead investigative agency.

Update August 14, 2015: Russell Roberts has been identified as the suspect in this case. Roberts is believed to be armed and dangerous. He has outstanding felony warrants from Parole and Probation and the Sparks Police Department.

Update: Roberts was arrested Aug. 15 without incident. – Ed.

Police Seeking Suspect in Casino Robbery

Around 6:30 a.m. on Monday, August 10 a male suspect entered Dotty’s Casino on North Hills Blvd. in North Reno. Employees report the suspect presented a handgun and demanded money from the clerk, who complied. The suspect then fled in an unknown direction. The suspect is a white or light skinned Hispanic male, 5’4”, muscular build, brown hair and goatee, and was last seen wearing a blue shirt, black jeans, and black work boots. Anyone having information relating to this crime or the suspect is asked to please contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2188, Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

Public and Civil Records to Extend Hours

As of September 8, The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Records and Civil Sections will be opening half an hour earlier to accommodate the public’s needs. New hours will be 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The office will continue to be closed on Wednesdays. Records Section Services include work permits, CCW permits, fingerprinting, public records requests, criminal history requests, case information requests, detention facility booking information, sex offender and felon registrations, and embassy letters. The Civil Section provides for the service of temporary protection orders, evictions, stalking and harassment orders, and other legal documents needing service. Online crime reports may be filed for a number of incidents, including identification theft, residential burglary, vehicle burglary, commercial burglary, credit or debit card theft/use, destruction of property, disturbing the peace, graffiti, harassing phone calls, phone scams, lost property, suspicious circumstances, theft, TPO violations, traffic accidents on private property, trespass, vandalism, and vehicle tampering. The Sheriff’s Office Records and Civil sections are located inside the Sheriff’s Office at 911 Parr Blvd.

Male and Female Suspects Sought in Homicide

In mid-April 2015, police received a call from a woman who had come home to the 200 block of Crampton Street to find her boyfriend lying on the floor of their apartment with a gunshot wound in his left side. On arrival, police and paramedics attempted lifesaving measures, but the extent of the victim’s injuries was too great. Seth Lucas was pronounced dead. In recent weeks, police have been able to identify a person of interest in this case and a warrant for open murder has been issued for Hector Padilla. Padilla’s girlfriend, Brittany Harkins, has also been identified as a person of interest. Anyone having information relating to this crime or the suspect(s) should contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2188, Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

Incline Village Church Vandalized

Sometime between 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5 and 8 a.m. on Thursday, August 6, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Incline Village was vandalized by the suspects, who vandalized the church, a car in the parking lot, and stole some letters mounted on the front of the building. The Washoe County Sheriffs Office has notified the FBI, who is also investigating a series of church vandalisms that happened in Incline Village on Easter Sunday. Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to contact the FBI’s tip line at 1-800-CALL FBI, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Incline Village Substation at (775) 832-4107, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.

Officers to Receive Nathan Hale Heroism Award

Reno Police officers Ira Coffey and Michael Hicks will receive the Nathan Hale Heroism Award for heroism, given by the Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation. Officers Coffey and Hicks saved a wheelchair bound woman back in January 2014 when her apartment caught fire and she was unable to wheel herself to safety. Without regard for their own safety, the officers took the wheelchair, which was beginning to melt due to the fire, and carried the woman to waiting medical personnel, who transported the victim to the hospital for treatment for burns and smoke inhalation.

Police Officer Struck by Vehicle

Police are searching for a suspect who struck a police officer with his car in downtown Reno early on the morning of August 13. Around 1:30 a.m., the officer was responding to a call in the 100 block of Arlington Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle. Upon being struck, the officer opened fire on the vehicle. The officer was transported to a local hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the Mercedes is asked to contact law enforcement immediately. Anyone with information about the incident that may prove useful to the investigation is asked to call the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office at (775) 328-3320 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900. The Reno Police Department invoked the Regional Officer Involved Shooting Protocol based on the overall circumstances and the potential that the suspect had been struck by the Officer’s rounds. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is now the lead investigative agency.

Update August 14, 2015: Russell Roberts has been identified as the suspect in this case. Roberts is believed to be armed and dangerous. He has outstanding felony warrants from Parole and Probation and the Sparks Police Department.

Investigation Results in Arrest

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Officers recovered a stolen vehicle early Thursday morning after doing surveillance in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart in Damonte Ranch. Officers were completing a routine check of the area when they noticed the suspect, Matthew Foster, spray painting a vehicle in the parking lot. An investigation revealed the car had been stolen from Kings Beach earlier that morning.Foster was arrested for felony charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, tampering with a motor vehicle, and grand larceny of a motor vehicle. He is currently in custody at the Washoe County Detention Facility. The owners of the vehicle have been contacted and the vehicle returned to their possession.

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