On January 25th, 2015 at 5:38 pm, Sparks Police and Fire personnel responded to 40 C Street in Sparks for a structure fire. Upon arrival it was found that there had been an explosion which caused the fire. There was a small active fire and a large volume of smoke coming from the home at the time of arrival. At this time, it is believed that there was an adult male and adult female at home when the explosion occurred. Both the subjects had made it out of the residence. The female was uninjured and the male received burns to his upper body, he was transported to Renown Medical Center for treatment. There were also a couple of dog at the residence which were uninjured.
The male subject reported to police personnel that he had a legal marijuana grow in the home. He further reported that the explosion was a butane explosion which occurred while he was attempting to manufacture hash oil from the marijuana. At this time an investigation is just beginning and we are not able to confirm the information reported to Officers by the residents.
Sparks police is working a traffic accident involving a rollover vehicle. We currently have Mccarran/Prater closed at this time so please avoid the area.
On January 22, 2015 at about 5:15 p.m. Sparks Police officers responded to a home in the 900 block of 20th St. on a a possible home invastion.
When officers arrived, they found two males in the home with extensive injuries. One of the subjects in the home said that someone broke in and beat the two victims up. Both of the victims were transported to Renown Medical Center for treatment of their injuries, and their names are being withheld at this time.
At this time, no suspect information is available.
It is still very early in this investigation and Sparks Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information regarding this specific incident of recent suspicious activity in the neighborhood is asked to contact Sparks Detectives at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
We regret at this time that no one is available for on camera interviews as we devote our resources to working this case. Thank you for your understanding.
On January 21, 2015 Sparks Police officers and detectives responded to the 1500 block of G St. on the report of a wanted person being in the area.
Officers contacted the suspect, Benjamin Johnny Scruggs, age 30, at a home in the 1500 block of G St. Scruggs was wanted for multiple charges stemming from an incident on January 15, 2015 in that same area. Officers had been called to Renown Hospital on the report of a person with a gunshot wound. Officers met with Scruggs, who described being robbed by an unknown black male adult in the alley of the 1500 block of G St. Scruggs claimed that the suspect was armed with a handgun and that Scruggs attempted to knock the gun away from the suspect, and in doing so, the gun went off striking Scruggs in the hand.
Officers learned that Scruggs was renting a room in a home in the 1500 block of G St. Evidence was observed in plain view in Scruggs' room, and a search warrant was applied for and granted. Further investigation and physical evidence at the scene contradicted Scruggs' version of events. Also during the service of the search warrant, evidence of illegal activity was located. Probable cause was developed to arrest Scruggs for possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell, trafficking in a controlled substance, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of a short-barreled shotgun. His bail is set at $55,000.
Sparks High School was locked down for precautionary reasons, but was released from that lockdown after about 10 minutes.
No booking photo was available at the time of this press release.
The Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit (RSONU) is informing the general public of informational matters related to a Tier III (High Risk) Sex Offender.
Mr. Douglas Wayne Schultz, age 61, has been assessed as a Tier III Sex Offender by the State of Nevada Sex Offender Registry. The RSONU has been notified that he will be residing in the 200 block of Mill Street and is currently unemployed.
Mr. Schultz is in compliance with all Sex Offender laws, and is not wanted by law enforcement.
Mr. Schultz is not currently being supervised by the State of Nevada, Department of Public Safety, Division of Parole and Probation.
Additional information on this offender, in addition to other moderate and high risk offenders in the State of Nevada, is available at:
Anyone with questions about this offender can call the RSONU at 775-353-2244, Monday through Friday, 7am-5pm.
Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders will NOT be tolerated. Any threats, intimidation or harassment against the offender is unlawful, and could subject the individual engaging in such an act to criminal prosecution, in addition to possible civil liability.
The RSONU is a collaborative effort between law enforcement in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County, to monitor and enforce the requirements set forth in the Nevada Revised Statutes for Registered Sex Offenders.
On 1/19/15 at approximately 0637 hours Sparks Police Department dispatch received a call reporting a traffic crash involving a vehicle vs. a pedestrian in the area of El Rancho and G St. When officers arrived on scene, they located the involved vehicle, a GMC pickup stopped in the road way. A female victim, whose name is not being released, was also located on El Rancho. Remsa medics arrived on scene and pronounced the victim deceased.
Officers learned the victim was crossing El Rancho, using a designated pedestrian crossing zone, when she was struck by the vehicle.
The driver, later identified as Adolfo Meza-Gomez, a Reno resident, was on scene and is cooperating with the investigation. No charges have been filed at this time and the investigation is ongoing.
At this time, there is no evidence of drug or alcohol being involved.
Anyone with any information regarding this accident is asked to contact Sparks Police Traffic Division at 775-353-2432.
EL RANCHO BL IS NOW OPEN FOR NORMAL TRAFFIC.
UPDATE ** EL RANCHO FROM PRATER TO G ST WILL BE CLOSED DUE TO A VEHICLE ACCIDENT. PLEASE AVOID THE AREA AND CHANGE YOUR TRAVEL PLANS AS NECESSARY. IT IS UNKNOWN HOW LONG THE INTERSECTION WILL BE CLOSED AT THIS TIME.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE IN THIS MATTER.
As a reminder, the Sparks Police Department in conjunction with the Reno Police Department, will be holding an evidence property viewing on Tuesday January 20th and Wednesday ,January 21st, at the Sparks Police Department located at 1701 E. Prater Way in Sparks. All the property in this viewing was collected as evidence from a series of burglaries throughout the Reno/Sparks area last fall. Only property reported stolen before November 28th will be included in this viewing. Residents who have been the victim of a residential, vehicle, or commercial burglary during that time are welcome to view the property. ALL VICTIMS OF A BURGLARY MUST HAVE A COPY OF THEIR POLICE REPORT FROM SPARKS POLICE, RENO POLICE, OR THE WASHOE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE. The Sparks Police Department will NOT have the ability to obtain a copy of a police report from other agencies. The hours of the property viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Persons wishing to view the property should check in at the front desk of the Sparks Police Department. Please contact the Sparks Police Department Crime Suppression Unit or the Reno Police Department Crime Suppression Team if you have any questions. Thank you.
On January 15, 2015 at about 5:30 p.m. Sparks Police and Fire personnel responded to a reported roll-over accident at Prater Way and Ninth St.
The vehicle appears to have been traveling east bound on Prater Way and for unknown reasons went out of control. The vehicle struck the curb of a median and rolled over, destroying several trees in the process. When officers arrived, the vehicle was on its roof and the driver was still inside complaining of pain in one arm.
Once crews were able to get the driver out of the vehicle he was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The driver is identified as Rafael Perez-Vasquez, age 25. His city of residence is not known.
The eastbound lanes of Prater Way were closed for about an hour while crews worked to clear the vehicle and debris from the roadway.
At this time, alcohol does not not appear to be a factor. Officers are continuing to investigate other possibilities including excessive speed and that investigation is ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Sparks Police traffic section at 353-2432.
Prater eastbound traffic will be closed from 10th street to Pyramid until further notice for an accident.
On January 14, 2014 Sparks Police Detectives arrested Travis Brooks, a 19 year old Sparks resident on multiple charges stemming from a December 25, 2014 incident.
On December 25, 2014 a female victim came to the Sparks Police Department and reported that she had been living at an apartment in the 1800 block of El Rancho Drive, and may have been the victim of a sex crime. Through the course of the investigation detectives learned that the male victim in this case was contacted by Brooks and lured to the apartment under false pretenses. When the male arrived, Brooks forced the male and female to complete a sex act under the threats of physical harm. When the sex act was complete, Brooks would not allow one of the victims to leave the apartment.
Brooks was booked for two counts of sexual assault, one count kidnapping, one count of luring a mentally disabled person, and one count of coercion. He is currently being held without bail.
At this time, we regret that no Sparks Police Department personnel are available for an on-camera interview. Thank you for your understanding.
The new release sent out last night regarding this case had the date listed as 1/5/15 but the actual date is 1/2/15.
Type of Incident: Robbery-Car Jacking
Date and Time of Incident: 01/10/15 0755
Location: 1701 Victorian
Suspect: see below
On 1/10/15 at 0755 hours a female was getting gas 1701 Victorian. A black male got into the victim's vehicle, a green Ford Explorer. The victim attempted to stop the suspect from stealing her vehicle and she was pushed away by the suspect. The suspect claimed to have a bomb. Officers searched the area and located the stolen Ford Explorer in the area of Oddie and El Rancho. The vehicle was unoccupied. An officer observed the suspect who fled on foot into the apartments at 1260 El Rancho. The suspect discarded his jeans and some of the victim's property. Sparks Police Officers and a Sparks Police K-9 searched the entire complex and were unable to locate the suspect.
The suspect was further described as 5-08, wearing sun glasses, bald, beard, earrings in both ears, and tattoos on his head, wearing a grey button up shirt.
In the previous press release, a photo was sent. If there is a better photograph located, it will be updated.
Please contact Secret Witness or the Sparks Police Department with any information.
Sparks Detectives identified Willie Manuel Pro, d.o.b. 9/14/81, as the suspect in this case. Pro had recently been released from High Desert Detention facility in Las Vegas. On January 14, 2015 Sparks and Reno Detectives located Pro in the 2800 block of N. McCarran. Pro was interviewed and subsequently arrested. Pro was charged with Robbery, Grand Larceny, Communicate a Bomb Threat, Battery with Intent to Commit a Crime, and Petit Larceny. Pro was booked at the Washoe County Jail.
On 1/5/15 @ 1852 hours, a Hispanic male adult robbed a patron at the US Bank ATM in the 2100 block of Oddie Blvd. Attached is a picture of the suspect. He was wearing an LA hat with the letters blacked out. The Sparks Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sparks Police Detective division at (775) 353-2225 or call Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900. Secret Witness is offering a $1500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of this suspect.
The Sparks Police Department will be conducting an evidence viewing for property recovered during a string of recent burglaries. The evidence viewing will be conducted on Tuesday January 20th, and Wednesday January 21st, from 9:00 a.m... to 7:00 p.m... at the Sparks Police Department. Citizens who have been the victim of a residential, vehicle, or commercial burglary, may come and view property. ALL CITIZENS MUST HAVE A COPY OF THEIR POLICE REPORT LISTING THE ITEMS THEY ARE LOOKING FOR!!! Please come to the front desk of the Sparks Police Department with a copy of your police report. The Sparks Police Department WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PRODUCE A COPY OF ANY REPORTS FROM ANY OTHER AGENCY. Victims from the city of Reno and Washoe County should have reports from their respective jurisdictions. The viewing is available both days from 9:00 a.m.. to 7:00 p.m. at 1701 E. Prater Way, Sparks NV. All of the property was recovered before on November 28th, 2014. Anyone who has been the victim of a burglary or theft since that time will not have property in this viewing.
On January 13, 2015 at 0444 hours Sparks Police responded to a call of a carjacking that had just occurred on Vista de Lago Drive. A female and male backed their vehicle out of the garage, parked it, then closed the garage and reentered their home. The victims then exited their residence and were walking to their vehicle when a Hispanic male, unknown to them, approached them. The male pointed two handguns, one in each hand, at them and demanded they lie on the ground. The victim’s complied at which time the suspect approached them, took the male’s cellular phone and the keys to the vehicle. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, wearing all dark clothing, approximately 5’5” tall and thin build.
At 0446 hours a Sparks Police officer traveling on Pyramid Way observed the vehicle driving northbound and turned around to initiate a stop on the vehicle. The vehicle turned onto York Way and then onto Lexington Way where it came to a stop and the driver exited and fled on foot jumping fences into the backyards of several residences. A perimeter was set up and after approximately one hour the same officer that first observed the vehicle located the suspect hiding in a bush in front of a residence on Schroeder Way. The suspect was taken into custody and refused to identify himself. Two loaded handguns, matching the description given by the victims were located on the suspect. One of the handguns was stolen from a Reno burglary.
The suspect was later identified through identifiers as Matthew F. Carrol, AKA Matthew Madrid. Carrol was booked into Washoe County Jail on the following charges: Robbery w/a Deadly Weapon (x2), Grand Theft Auto, Carrying a Concealed Weapon (x2), Possession of Stolen Property (Firearm), Ex-Felon in Possession of a Firearm (x2) and Obstructing. The total bail of all charges is $170,000.
On 01/09/15 at approximately 0059 hours SPD officers responded to the 1700 block of Vance Way on the report of a shooting. Upon arrival officers learned that a male and female were seated in their vehicle which was idling in the 1700 block of Vance. Two suspects approached the victim vehicle and looked through the windows. One of the victim's observed one of the suspect's draw a firearm. The driver of the victim vehicle drove away, fearing for their safety. As they drove away the suspect with the firearm fired at least one round, striking the vehicle. Neither victim was physically injured.
Suspect #1 was described as a Black male adult in his twenties, 5-09, 140, wearing jeans and a possible camouflage jacket.
Suspect #2 was described as a White or Hispanic male adult in his twenties, 5-10, 170, wearing a black jacket and sweatpants.
The suspects were last seen running north on Oppio from Vance.
The Sparks Police Department is asking for any information to be forwarded to Secret Witness or the Sparks Police Department.
On 01/03/05 at approximately 0342 hours the Sparks Police Department responded to a fight call in the 2100 block of Oddie Blvd. Upon arrival officers learned that the victim was walking in the 2100 block of Oddie Blvd. when she was approached by a male suspect. The male suspect began making lewd comments towards the victim. When the victim refused the male began to strangulate the victim. The victim fought back and the male fled west towards El Rancho.
The male suspect was described as a Hispanic male, mid 20's, thin mustache, short hair, 6-00, 185 lbs, wearing a dark colored trench coat.
Please contact the Sparks Police Department or Secret Witness with any information.
The Sparks Police Department would like to report on our activity for New Year's Eve 2014.
Between the hours of 2 p.m.. on December 31, 2014 and approximately 1 a.m.. January 1, 2015, the Sparks Police Department increased its patrol staffing for New Year's Eve. During those hours there were three arrests made: one for a warrant, one for possession of stolen property and one for fraud. There was also one call of a juvenile party involving alcohol where one citation and two referrals to the Jan Evans Juvenile Justice Center were issued. Finally, officers made many traffic stops and issued 11 citations for various traffic related offenses.
The most serious incident that occurred in Sparks was a fatal vehicle versus pedestrian accident. That accident happened on McCarran Blvd. south of Prater Way. The Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating that accident. For questions on that incident, please contact their agency.