Public’s Help Sought in Assaults, Robbery

By Collette Bender

Detectives for Las Vegas Metro are enlisting the public’s help in solving two violent assaults in Northwest Las Vegas which may be related.

In the early morning of April 15, a woman was walking near the intersection of Tonopah Drive and Vegas Drive, when she was approached by an unknown male, forced into the desert, and sexually assaulted her. The suspect fled on foot. A second attack took place in the late evening hours on April 23, near the intersection of Bonanza Road and Rancho Drive. A woman walking in that area was struck on the head with a hard object, and struggled with her attacker before she was able to flee.

The suspect in both cases has been described as a black make adult in his late teens to early twenties, about 5’8” tall, with a thin to medium build. He reportedly wore a black and red Cleveland Indians baseball cap during the April 15 attack; the hat was left at the scene.

The similarities in the suspect descriptions, the proximity of both crime scenes, and the time and day of the occurrences suggest these assaults may be the work of a single perpetrator.

Citizens who may have been in the area at the times of these attacks or who may have any information are encouraged to contact the LVMPD Sexual Assault Section at 702-828-3307 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or online at crimestoppersofnv.com.

Metro police are also seeking assistance in the case of a robbery on April 7.

At about 3:30 p.m. three suspects entered a jewelry store on the 1900 block of Village Center Circle in Summerlin. The men were captured on camera as they smashed glass jewelry cases with hammers and removed their contents. The suspects fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of jewelry.

The suspects have been described as males of unidentified race. The first suspect is described as being 20-30 years of age, 6’2”, 180 lbs, and wearing a dark ski mask, dark blue jacket with gray trim lining, and blue pants. The second suspect is described as thin build, 5’8”, wearing a ski mask, a white hooded jacket, and gray pants. The third suspect is of medium build, 5’8”, wearing a ski mask, white shoes, and a dark blue jacket with lighter-colored trim across the chest and biceps area.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the Metro Robbery Section at 702-828-3591 or Crimestoppers at 702-385-5555, or to make a report online at crimestoppersofnv.com. Crime Stoppers’ tips that lead to an arrest or indictment may result in a cash reward.

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