LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas-area elected public official was arrested Wednesday and recognized by police because the suspect within the deadly stabbing of a veteran newspaper reporter whose investigations of the official’s work preceded his main loss in June.
Clark County Public Administrator Robert “Rob” Telles, a Democrat, was taken into custody at his residence by a police SWAT unit hours after investigators served a search warrant and confiscated automobiles within the felony probe of the killing of Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German.
“The suspect within the murder that occurred on September 2, 2022, has been taken into custody,” Las Vegas Metropolitan Police tweeted shortly earlier than 7 p.m.
Telles, 45, had been a spotlight of German’s reporting about turmoil together with complaints of administrative bullying, favoritism and Telles’ relationship with a subordinate staffer within the county workplace that handles property of people that die with no will or household contacts.
Telles didn’t instantly reply Wednesday to phone messages at his county workplace, and it was not instantly clear following his arrest if he had an lawyer who might converse on his behalf. The county administrator workplace was closed.
German joined the Review-Journal in 2010 after greater than twenty years on the Las Vegas Sun, the place he was a columnist and reporter who lined courts, politics, labor, authorities and arranged crime.
Telles, a lawyer who practiced probate and property legislation, received his elected place in 2018, changing a three-term public administrator. He misplaced his June occasion main to Assistant Public Administrator Rita Reid. Telles’ time period expires Dec. 31.
In the weeks earlier than the election, German bylined reviews about an workplace “mired in turmoil and inner dissension” between longtime workers and new hires below Telles’ management.
Telles blamed “old-timers” for exaggerating the extent of his relationship with a feminine staffer and falsely claiming that he mistreated them.
“All my new workers are super-happy and everybody’s productive and doing properly,” he instructed the newspaper. “We’ve nearly doubled the productiveness within the workplace.”
Telles later posted Twitter complaints about German, the Review-Journal reported, together with claims in June that German was a bully who was “obsessed” with him.
German, a reporter with a fame for tenacity, was engaged on follow-up reviews, the newspaper stated Wednesday, and not too long ago filed public data requests for emails and textual content messages between Telles and three different county officers together with Reid and guide Michael Murphy.
Murphy, the previous Clark County coroner employed to deal with complaints about management within the public directors’ workplace, didn’t instantly reply to a phone message.
German’s physique was discovered Saturday morning outdoors his residence. Police stated he apparently was killed Friday and characterised the assault as an remoted incident. The Clark County coroner dominated that German died of “a number of sharp drive accidents” and dominated the case a murder.
After police requested Monday for public assist to determine a suspect, developments got here rapidly.
Police on Tuesday confirmed a quick video of a attainable suspect strolling on a sidewalk clad in vivid orange “development apparel” and distributed a photograph of a particular pink or maroon GMC Yukon Denali SUV with chrome handles, a sunroof and a baggage rack, saying it might have been linked to the case.
Telles was seen in newspaper images washing an identical car parked in his driveway on Tuesday, and KTNV-TV reported the car was towed away after police arrived on Wednesday.
German died of “a number of sharp drive accidents,” the Clark County coroner stated, and the case was dominated a murder.