Las Vegas official who was topic of newspaper exposés arrested in journalist's stabbing loss of life

A Las Vegas-space elected public official was arrested Wednesday and recognized by police as a end result of the suspect inside the lethal stabbing of a veteran newspaper reporter whose investigations of the official’s work preceded his most important loss in June.

Clark County Public Administrator Robert “Rob” Telles, a Democrat, was taken into custody at his dwelling by a police SWAT unit hours after investigators served a search warrant and confiscated automobiles inside the authorized probe of the killing of Las Vegas overview-Journal reporter Jeff German.

“The suspect inside the homicide that occurred on September 2, 2022, has been taken into custody,” Las Vegas Metropolitan Police tweeted shortly earlier than 7 p.m.

Telles, forty five, had been a spotlight of German’s reporting about turmoil collectively with complaints of administrative bullying, favouritism and Telles’ relationship with a subordinate staffer inside the county office that handles property of mom and father that die and by no means using a will or household contacts.

Telles did not immediately reply Wednesday to cellphone messages at his county office, and it was not immediately clear following his arrest if he had an lawyer who may converse on his behalf. The county administrator office was closed.

Telles, proper, talks to Las Vegas overview-Journal reporter Jeff German in his Las Vegas office on might eleven. (okay.M. Cannon/Las Vegas overview-Journal/The associated Press)

German joined the overview-Journal in 2010 after larger than twenty years on the Las Vegas photo voltaic, the place he was a columnist and reporter who lined courts, politics, labour, authorities and organized crime.

misplaced get together most important

Telles, a lawyer who practiced probate and property regulation, acquired his elected place in 2018, changing a three-time period public administrator. He misplaced his June get together most important to Assistant Public Administrator Rita Reid. Telles’ time period expires Dec. 31.

inside the weeks earlier than the election, German bylined experiences about an office “mired in turmoil and inside dissension” between longtime staff and new hires beneath Telles’ management.

Telles blamed “outdated-timers” for exaggerating the extent of his relationship with a feminine staffer and falsely claiming that he mistreated them.

“All my new staff are great-glad and everyone’s productive and doing properly,” he instructed the newspaper. “we have virtually doubled the productiveness inside the office.”

Telles later posted Twitter complaints about German, the overview-Journal reported, collectively with claims in June that German was a bully who was “obsessed” with him.

German, a reporter with a popularity for tenacity, was engaged on observe-up experiences, the newspaper mentioned Wednesday, and these days filed public information requests for emails and textual content material messages between Telles and three completely different county officers collectively with Reid and guide Michael Murphy.

German poses for a photograph in Las Vegas in June 2021. (okay.M. Cannon/Las Vegas overview-Journal/The associated Press)

Murphy, the earlier Clark County coroner employed to deal with complaints about management inside the remaining public directors’ office, did not immediately reply to a cellphone message.

German’s physique was found Saturday morning exterior his dwelling. Police mentioned he apparently was killed Friday and characterised the assault as an remoted incident. The Clark County coroner dominated that German died of “a quantity of sharp power accidents” and dominated the case a homicide.

After police requested Monday for public assist to establish a suspect, developments acquired here quickly.

A police officer takes up a place exterior Telles’s dwelling on Wednesday. (John Locher/The associated Press)

Police on Tuesday confirmed a brief video of a doable suspect strolling on a sidewalk clad in vivid orange “constructing attire” and distributed a photograph of a particular purple or maroon GMC Yukon Denali SUV with chrome handles, a sunroof and a baggage rack, saying it could have been linked to the case.

Telles was seen in newspaper photos washing an analogous automobile parked in his driveway on Tuesday, and KTNV-tv reported the automobile was towed away after police arrived on Wednesday.

German died of “a quantity of sharp power accidents,” the Clark County coroner mentioned, and the case was dominated a homicide.