An elected public official in the Las Vegas area was ordered to be kept without bail after being arrestedwhose officer’s work was investigated before his first defeat in June.
Clark County Public Administrator Robert “Rob” Telles, a Democrat, was taken into custody at his home by police SWAT officers after investigators obtained a search warrant and vehicles in the criminal investigation into the murder of Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German. was confiscated. , Sheriff Joe Lombardo told the newspaper.
Facing a charge of open murder with a deadly weapon, Telles, 45, appeared before a Las Vegas judge for the first time since his arrest. Prosecutors said he locked himself in his home during a standoff with police and was found with his arms cut.
Prosecutors said the German was found stabbed seven times outside his home and that the DNA on the German’s hands matched that of the tales. Prosecutors said the wounds on the hands and arms of the German indicate that he fought for his life.
Prosecutors said Tels had booked the neighborhood before the attack.
Tails’ next court appearance is scheduled for September 13.
Acknowledging that the investigation is ongoing and is still in its early stages, officials said at a news conference on Thursday that Tels’ DNA was found at the stabbing site.
Authorities said surveillance footage showed a suspect wearing an orange jacket, straw hat and sneakers walking near the German’s home when they believed the stabbing took place on September 2. When Las Vegas police confiscated evidence from Telles’ residence, during his Wednesday arrest, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Capt. Dory Koren on a search warrant, they found a straw hat and sneaker, similar to those worn by the suspect on video. matched. The cap was cut into pieces, Koren said, and the shoe was partially cut and appears to be what police believe was an attempt to destroy evidence.
“This is a terrible and disturbing murder,” Lombardo said during the news conference. “One that deeply affected Las Vegas. Every murder is tragic, but the murder of a journalist is particularly distressing.”
Las Vegas police did not elaborate on a suspected motive for the stabbing Thursday, though Koren said the ongoing investigation showed that Telles was “very upset” at the coverage and additional reporting published by German about him. that the journalist was following at that time. of his death.
Telles had been the focus of German’s reporting of turmoil, including complaints of administrative bullying, favoritism, and relations with a subordinate employee at Telles’ county office, which handles the property of people who died without a will or family contacts. .
The newspaper’s executive editor, Glenn Cook, said in a statement that “the arrest of Robert Telles is at once a huge relief and an outrage to the Review-Journal newsroom.
“We are relieved Robert Telles is in custody and outraged that an aide has been killed for reporting on an elected official. Journalists cannot do the important work needed for our communities if they fear That the presentation of facts could lead to violent retaliation. We thank the Las Vegas Police for their urgency and hard work and for promptly recognizing the horrific significance of Jeff’s murder,” Cook said.
Tels did not immediately respond to telephone messages at his county office on Wednesday, and it was not immediately clear after his arrest whether he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf. The district administration office remained closed.
German joined the Review-Journal in 2010 after more than two decades at the Las Vegas Sun, where he was a columnist and reporter covering the courts, politics, labor, government and organized crime.
He was known for his stories and coverage of government malpractices and political scandals.At a Las Vegas concert that killed 60 people and injured more than 400 others.
Telles, an attorney practicing probate and estate law, won his elected office in 2018 replacing a three-term public administrator. He lost his June party primary to Assistant Public Administrator Rita Reid. TELES’s term ends on December 31.
In the weeks before the election, German outlined reports about the office being “stuck in unrest and internal strife” between longtime employees and new employees led by Telles.
Telles blamed “old-timers” for exaggerating the extent of his relationship with a female employee and falsely claiming he treated her unfairly.
“All my new employees are very happy and everyone is productive and doing well,” he told the newspaper. “We’ve almost doubled the productivity in the office.”
Tels later posted Twitter complaints about German, with the Review-Journal claiming in June that German was a bully who was “obsessed” with him.
German, a reporter with a reputation for perseverance, was working on follow-up reports, the newspaper said Wednesday, and most recently for emails and text messages between Telles and Reed and three other county officials, including consultant Michael Murphy. Public records request filed.
Murphy, the former Clark County coroner who was assigned to address complaints about leadership in the Office of Public Administrators, did not immediately respond to a telephone message.
German’s body was found outside his house on Saturday morning. Police said he was apparently killed on Friday and described the attack as an isolated incident. The Clark County coroner ruled that German died of “multiple sharp force injuries” and ruled the case a homicide.
Events unfolded rapidly after police sought public help to identify a suspect on Monday.
Police on Tuesday showed a brief video of a potential suspect walking on the sidewalk in bright orange “construction attire” and distributed a photo of a distinctive red or maroon GMC Yukon Denali SUV with chrome handles, a sunroof and a luggage rack, Saying it might be related to the case.
Tails was seen in newspaper photos on Tuesday washing a similar vehicle parked in his driveway, and KTNV-TV reported that the vehicle was removed after police arrived on Wednesday.