On October 12, 2012 at approximately 9:35 a.m., the LVMPD dispatch center received a call from Flamingo Hotel representatives reporting two males were being detained for killing a large exotic bird. The 14 year old Helmeted Guinea Fowl was part of the Flamingo’s Wildlife Habitat. Arriving officers learned that two males were witnessed throwing the dead bird, discussing the killing of the bird and laughing about it. The suspects were captured on video surveillance chasing the bird into the trees. A witness then observed the suspects emerge from the trees, carrying the body and severed head of the bird.
The males claimed to be law students at Berkeley University in Northern California and refused to speak with officers. Berkeley student identification cards were found in their possession. Eric Cuellar, 24 years of age and Justin Teixeira, 24 years of age were arrested and booked into the Clark County Detention Center where they each face felony charges of Conspiracy and Willful Malicious Torture/Killing of Wildlife. Booking photos of both suspects accompany this
Anyone with any information concerning this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers by
phone at 385-5555 or on the internet at

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