Robert Telles: Las Vegas local official arrested for murder of investigative journalist he was covering, says Sheriff

“This is a horrific and agonizing murder that deeply affected Las Vegas. Every murder is tragic but the murder of a journalist is particularly disturbing,” Lombardo said at a news conference Thursday, offering his condolences to Germans’ family, friends and colleagues in a magazine review.

“We are outraged that a colleague has apparently been murdered for reporting on an elected official,” the paper said. “Journalists cannot do the important work our societies require if they fear that presenting the facts will lead to violent retaliation.” Executive Editor Glenn Cook said Wednesday in a statement.

Telles makes a short appearance scheduled for Thursday afternoon, Clark County Jail records show online. CNN has contacted the Las Vegas Metro Police Department and Telles’ office and is working to determine his legal representation.

A German was discovered outside his home on Saturday morning, although police believe the murder occurred a day earlier.

According to Capt. Dore Koren of the LVMPD Bureau of Homicide and Sexual Offenses, the suspect approached a German home on Friday and went to the side of the house. The German got outside shortly after and went to the side of the house, where Koren said Thursday that investigators believe an altercation took place and that the German was stabbed multiple times.

Koren said Telles, who lost re-election in June, was identified as a person of interest early in the investigation, as authorities discovered neighborhood surveillance footage of a car seen at Telles’ home before and after the German was killed. The registered car of Telles’ wife was also seen in the German’s home at the time of his death.

“We eventually developed video evidence to show that the vehicle, the GMC Denali that was parked in front of the Telles house, left around 9 a.m. on the day of the murder, and returned around 12 p.m. after the murder, which corresponds to our schedule,” Corinne said.

Surveillance footage released over the weekend showed one of the suspects wearing a straw hat and orange shirt, and investigators found a matching hat during a search of Telles’ home. Corinne said the hat was ripped off as if in an attempt to hide evidence.

Corinne said investigators discovered blood on a pair of severed shoes, “most likely in an attempt to destroy evidence.” In addition, Telles’s identical DNA was found at the crime scene, he said.

Once the positive DNA result came out, the authorities’ goal was to detain Telles “as safely as possible”.

“We were able to carry out that operation successfully yesterday and Tillis is being held safely,” Corinne said, though he acknowledged that Tillis was seen on a stretcher after sustaining “self-inflicted” injuries. He did not describe the wounds but said they were not life-threatening.

Officers in Las Vegas leave Robert Telles'  home wednesday.

Arrest is both ‘relief’ and ‘wrath’ to the victim’s release room

German was praised by those who knew him or knew him for his work as a consumer reporter who spent decades working in Las Vegas, reporting on everything from organized crime to corrupt government agencies to the 2017 mass shootings at the Las Vegas music festival – The deadliest in modern US history.
He was working on a story about Telles the week he was killed, According to Review-Journal. Earlier this year, Tillis was the subject of articles detailing his oversight of his office, German Tillis reported. Create a hostile work environment He had an inappropriate relationship with an employee.

Such denied the reports, the Review-Journal said. Telles was first elected to the position in 2018, losing his re-election bid in the June Democratic primary.

Prior to the German’s death, Telles published several online posts detailing his issues with the journalist’s reports, including regarding him campaign website And the In a letter to GermanIn it, he described the allegations as “false” and insisted the reporter was trying to “drag me through the mud”.

Telles also stated that he sought legal advice in an effort to obtain legal action against the newspaper, but eventually came to the conclusion that “prosecuting a newspaper, such as the Las Vegas Review-Journal, is nearly impossible.”

Telles also posted several tweets related to the German and his reports.

Las Vegas police are seeking the public's help after a veteran reporter is found dead outside his home
“I’m looking forward to Lying Distortion piece #4 by @JGermanRJ. #onetricpony, I think he’s pissed that I didn’t crawl into a hole and die”, Tweet June 18in part.
A few days later, Telles tweeted“A typical bully. He can’t stand a pound of cash (sic) after tossing 100 pounds of BS. Until article #4 now. You’d think he’d have better things to do.”

In his statement on Wednesday, the paper’s editor-in-chief, Cook, said Telles’ arrest was “at once a huge relief and outrage or the Review-Journal’s newsroom.”

“We thank the Las Vegas Police for their urgency and hard work and for their immediate awareness of the terrible significance of Jeff’s murder. We now hope that the Review-Journal, the German family, and many of Jeff’s friends will begin the mourning process and honor a great man and courageous reporter. Best of luck Jeff.”

Killings of journalists are rare in the United States, and killing journalists in retaliation for their work is even more so, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Eight journalists have been killed in the United States since 1992, when the nonprofit began tracking them, including four in a mass shooting in 2018. In the editorial room of the Capital Gazette in Maryland.
“Las Vegas police acted quickly in identifying and arresting the suspect in the fatal stabbing incident of Las Vegas magazine reporter Jeff German,” Carlos Martinez de la Serna, Program Director The Committee to Protect Journalists said in a statement Thursday. “The authorities must ensure that all those involved in this horrific crime are identified and held accountable, and must make clear that those who target journalists will face justice.”

Rebecca Aguilar, president of the Association of Professional Journalists, said the German’s killing was “a reminder that ordinary journalists around the world are putting their lives on the line to uncover the truth”.

“As The Review Journal reported, Jeff was described by many as a brave reporter, the embodiment of the First Amendment, who championed the underdog in society and has a strong sense of right and wrong,” Aguilar said in a statement. “We must honor Jeff by continuing to be like him, someone of courage, compassion, and a commitment to the truth.”

The victim’s colleagues were instrumental in the investigation

Koren said authorities focused early on making sure the German’s death was not linked to the burglary as well as “looking into any work-related grievances or disputes” related to his reporting.

“We learned that he wrote several articles as an investigative reporter, and there were various allegations and statements about potential people that would be upset about this,” he said.

On Thursday, Lombardo said Review-Journal had played an instrumental role in providing information that helped investigators, particularly in identifying German “cases” previously and currently working.

Robert Telles, the Clark County General Manager, washes his car Tuesday outside his Las Vegas home.  Authorities issued search warrants at Telles' home Wednesday in connection with the fatal stabbing of Las Vegas Review-Journal investigative reporter Jeff German.

Lombardo said Thursday that the Germans’ deaths were “disturbing.”

“We expect the press to be open and transparent and to monitor the government,” he said. “And when people take it upon themselves to cause harm associated with this profession, I think it’s very important that we put all eyes on it and address the issue appropriately.” , “As we did in this case, with this associated expediency.”

Arthur Kane, a Review-Journal reporter who has worked with Germany, said that co-workers in Germany reviewing Google Maps noticed in the Telles driveway a chestnut SUV that looked similar in appearance to a photo released by the authorities.

“The police got down, got down the area, and started a search of his house,” Kane told CNN reporter Erin Burnett on Wednesday. Kane said the SUV was the one registered in the name of Telles’ wife, and investigators took the car away.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, Lombardo said the investigation is still ongoing, and authorities are still pursuing “several leads” to “make other allegations”.

Paradis Afshar, Carol Alvarado, Amir Vera, Jamil Lynch, Nick Watt, Elizabeth Joseph, Hana Sarrison, and Satyam Kaswala contributed to this report.

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