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Sparks Police Detectives are looking for the public's help in identifying a person of interest in a Fraudulent Use of a Credit card and Burglary case from the Nugget in Sparks. The first case happened on 10/11/14 and the second case occurred on 10/18/14. Anyone with information on the identity of this person is asked to call the Sparks Police Department at (775) 353-2231, or Sparks Police Detectives at (775) 353-2225. You can also call Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.
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. Joshua David Graves, age 25, 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 13000 block of Mount Logan Street, and is employed at a business located on USA PKWY.
Mr. Graves is in compliance with all Sex Offender laws, and is not wanted by law enforcement.
Mr. Graves 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 10/28/14 the Sparks Police Department responded to the report of a Hispanic male subject pointing a firearm at other drivers from his vehicle in multiple locations in both Reno and Sparks. The suspect’s vehicle was described as a dark colored Volkswagen four door sedan with California license plates starting with the number 3. The incidents occurred at the following times and locations:
1629 hrs. at I-80 and McCarran Blvd in Reno.
1650 hrs. at Sutro and Oddie Blvd. in Reno.
1704 hrs. in the 1000 Block of Rock Blvd. in Sparks.
1718 hrs. at 601 Field Street in Sparks.
During each of the incidents, the subject was observed pointing an unknown type firearm at the victims from his vehicle. The firearm was described as was described as a rifle or shotgun, brown and black in color.
At 1752 hrs. the Sparks Police Department located the vehicle in the 1600 Blk. of Merchant Street bearing California License plates 3PPD196. The driver was observed by witnesses walking away from the vehicle prior to officer's arrival.
The vehicle and evidence corroborating the victims accounts of the incident were located and processed.
The suspect in this case described as a Hispanic Male Adult, mid 30’s, approximately 5’9” with medium length brown hair, a blue and white striped shirt and light colored blue jeans.
The investigation into this matter continues and there is no further information to be released at this time.
The Sparks Police Department is asking that if you or anyone you know has information regarding these incidents or the identity or location of the suspect to please contact the Sparks Police Department at 775-353-2231 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.
The Sparks Police Department has recieved a report from a citizen involving a person representing themself as an IRS Agent and asking for money. The caller tells the victim they owe money to the U.S. Treasury and demands payment. The IRS has issued the following alert regarding these types of scams:
The IRS will:
Never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.
Never insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations
Never requests immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies.
Potential phone scam victims may be told that they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS or they are entitled to big refunds. When unsuccessful the first time, sometimes phone scammers call back trying a new strategy.
Other characteristics of these scams include:
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:
Taxpayers should be aware that there are other unrelated scams (such as a lottery sweepstakes) and solicitations (such as debt relief) that fraudulently claim to be from the IRS.
The IRS encourages taxpayers to be vigilant against phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts. Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the email to email@example.com.
For more information or to report a scam, go to www.irs.gov and type "scam" in the search box.
More information on how to report phishing scams involving the IRS is available on the genuine IRS website, IRS.gov.
On October 23rd, 2014 at approximately 2130 hours, a bear was spotted in the 3600 block of Desert Fox. Officers arrived in the area and located the bear which ran into the hills east of Desert Fox. The bear was not aggressive and at that time did not pose a threat to citizens. The Department of Wildlife has been notified. If the bear is seen again, please contact the Sparks Police Department or Department of Wildlife (688-2327) so the bear can be safely returned to its habitat.
There is no further information to be released. Thank You.
On 10-23-14 at approximately 4:57am and in the area of 21st and Prater, Sparks Police initiated a traffic stop on a green 2000 Mazda minivan for a minor traffic violation. The driver of the vehicle was later identified as Daniel Vasquez-Alicea. Daniel immediately failed to yield and attempted to flee from the officer.
With the license plate given, Sparks dispatch advised officers that the fleeing green Mazda minivan was associated to a wanted person who had cautions for obstructing and weapons. With this information, officers used extreme caution while pursing Daniel. The ironic part of this pursuit is that the wanted person associated to the green Mazda minivan, was a different subject other than Daniel.
This irony worked to the benefit and safety of the officers pursing Daniel, because he himself was also wanted and had cautions for obstructing, weapons, gang affiliations and probable cause for Robbery out of Reno PD (RPD case #14-19254).
After a short pursuit, Daniel drove the vehicle into the apartment complex located at 1855 El Rancho and fled on foot. A short time later, an officer located Daniel in the middle of the complex. Daniel then fled from the officer on foot. The officer gave chase and followed him up a second story stair case to one of the apartments. In an attempt to escape, Daniel climbed over a railing located on the second floor and leaped onto a second story balcony and attempted to make entry into the residence through the slider. It was later discovered that this apartment was a known associate to Daniel.
Officers made entry into the residence and went to contact Daniel on the balcony when he then leaped back onto the second level where officers were able to make contact with him. Daniel resisted arrest and after a brief struggle was taken into custody.
Daniel was later discovered to also be under the influence of alcohol and was charged for his third DUI along with eluding and obstructing.
On 10-21-14 at approximately 2:46am, Sparks Police Officers responded to a reported stabbing at the Walmart parking lot located at 5065 Pyramid Way. While in route, officers were informed that the stabbing occurred inside of a vehicle that was in the Walmart parking lot.
When officers arrived on scene, they located the victim who was in the passenger side of the vehicle. Medics and Fire were also on scene and immediately transported the female victim to the Renown hospital where it was later determined that she suffered non-life threating injuries and was later released.
Officers did locate the suspect, who had doubled back into the Walmart shopping center. She was identified as Krista Griener. The investigation is still on going, however it was determined at the time that Krista and the victim were in a domestic relationship and were having an altercation in the vehicle that eventually led Krista to stab the female victim once in the back.
Krista was arrested for a BDW and possession of an illegal narcotic and later transported to the Washoe County Jail.
On October 19th, 2014 at approx. 6:30pm, Sparks Police Officers responded to the area of York Way and London Circle for a report of a Child Luring incident.
Officers learned that two female juveniles were playing in their driveway when they observed an older White male, possibly in his 40’s, drive by in a Gold colored early 2000’s model minivan. The suspect drove past again and attempted to engage in a conversation with the two female juveniles and trying to get them to come closer to his van. They ran away and the suspect was last seen traveling eastbound on York Ave. The vehicle was not located.
The suspect was last seen wearing a black jacket, had gray and black hair (mostly gray), and his face was unshaven.
The suspect’s minivan was described as a Gold, early 2000’s model minivan, similar to a Honda, with tinted windows.
There will not be any additional information released at this time, so that Detectives can conduct their investigation.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Sparks Police Detectives at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
On October 19, 2014 at approximately 1600 hours an officer with the Sparks Police Department located a stolen vehicle from Idaho traveling westbound on Interstate 80 near Vista Boulevard. A missing juvenile female was also associated to the vehicle.
A traffic stop was initiated on McCarran Boulevard at Nugget Avenue and the two occupants of the vehicle were detained. The female passenger was identified as the missing juvenile and admitted that she was actually a runaway that stole her mother’s vehicle. The adult male driver identified himself as the boyfriend of the female and confirmed his knowledge of the female being a runaway and the theft of the vehicle.
The male was transported to Washoe County Jail and booked for charges of: Possession a Stolen Motor Vehicle and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. The female was transported to Jan Evans Juvenile Center and booked for charges of: Grand Larceny of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle and being a Runaway.
On October 19th, 2014 at approximately 0440 hours the Sparks Police Department responded to a stabbing in the 500 block of El Rancho. Once officers arrived, two stabbing victims were located. Both were transported to a local hospital where they underwent surgery. There is no suspect or victim information to be released at this time.
Please contact secret witness or SPD detectives with any information.
This media release is intended to clarify the earlier release regarding the arrest made at the Pony Express Motor Lodge.
The suspect received treatment from REMSA personnel. There was a typographical error in the previous media release.
On October 15, 2014 detectives from the Reno and Sparks police departments conducted a joint operation to attempt to capture a wanted person.
That wanted person is Kenny Bremer, who had been a suspect in a number of crimes in Reno including fraud and felony eluding over the past few weeks.
The operation concluded with a planned arrest at the Pony Express Motor Lodge. Bremer arrived there at about 7 p.m.. as a passenger in a vehicle. Detectives executed a vehicle block, which is a technique designed to prevent a suspect from leaving a scene and potentially leading officers on a vehicle pursuit. As detectives executed the vehicle block, the driver of the vehicle complied with officers instructions to exit the vehicle. The driver was not charged in the incident.
Bremer, 27, quickly moved from the passenger seat to the driver's seat and put the suspect vehicle into gear. He then accelerated the vehicle into a detective's vehicle, causing moderate damage. Bremer was forcibly removed from the vehicle and taken into custody. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). His bail for that incident is $25,000.
Bremer did receive minor injuries and received treatment from REMAX at the scene. The officer was not injured. Reno Police will be adding charges from their previous cases. The exact charges and bail amount for those cases is not known.
SPARKS PD HAS CLEARED THE VEHICLE FROM THE AREA. NORTH BOUND SPARKS BL IS OPEN FOR NORMAL TRAFFIC.
On October 9, 2014 at 9:45 p.m.. Sparks Police officers responded to the report of a robbery.
When officers arrived they met with the victim and learned that she had parked her car in the parking lot of the Denny's restaurant located at 205 E. Nugget Ave. As she walked toward the restaurant, she heard two voices from behind her demanding her purse. The purse was on her shoulder and a subject tried to grab it. A struggle ensued and the victim was punched causing a minor injury.
After the suspects obtained the victim's purse, they ran in a southwest direction to the rear of some warehouses. A Sparks Police K-9 performed a track, but the trail was lost quite a distance east of where the robbery occurred. The suspects are described as two Hispanic males of unknown age, wearing all dark clothing.
If anyone has information about this incident, they are asked to call Sparks Police detectives at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
On October 1, 2014 Sparks Police responded to Deer Park, 1700 Prater Way, on the report of a disturbance.
When officers arrived, they found a man down in the park and he was bleeding from the head. Further information indicated that four black males were seen running from the area. It was learned that the victim had a bicycle and a wallet taken from him. Officers responding to the area found four black males a few blocks away. A witness to the incident was able to identify one of the men as being involved.
Further investigation led officers to a residence in the 700 block of 16th St. A search warrant was applied for and granted, and officers located the victim's bicycle at the residence. Other evidence gave officers probable cause to arrest three men in the incident. Those men are identified as Sidney Treadway, age 21, Michael Jones (aka Michael Jackson), age 19 and Kareem Thomas, age 19. All three are Sparks residents.
Treadway was charged with robbery and battery causing substantial bodily harm, and his bail was set at $30,000. Jones was charged with possession of a dangerous weapon, robbery and battery with substantial bodily harm. His bail was set at $32,500. Thomas was charged with robbery, battery with substantial bodily harm and resisting a public officer. His bail was set at $30,500.
The victim was transported to St. Mary's Hospital with serious injuries. Photos of the suspects are attached to this media release.
On September 24, 2014 Sparks Police investigated a reported strong arm robbery in the 1600 block of F St, which is near Deer Park. In that incident a woman was walking in the area and was attacked, and had her purse stolen. Officers conducted follow-up investigation into that incident and developed enough information to charge Thomas in that case as well. Bail in that case is $20,000.
The Sparks Police Department believes that there may be other victims of similar crimes who have not reported the incident to us. We ask that persons who were victims in a similar crime in that area notify us. We may be reached through our Dispatch at 353-2231.
On 10-08-14, at 8:45am, a suspect(s) broke into a pickup truck belonging to some out of state hunters. The truck was parked in the West lot of the Nugget, and the suspect(s) took approximately $20,000 worth of custom rifles, ammunition, optics for the rifles, and hunting gear. There are 5 customized rifles that were taken. Nugget surveillance was able to get some footage of the suspect and a shot of the pickup he was possibly driving. Sparks Police are asking for assistance in identifying the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call Sparks Police Detectives at 353-2225, or Secret Witness. Still photographs from the surveillance system are included.
On September 25, 2014, at approximately 4:40 a.m., a takeover armed robbery occurred at Bob & Lucy's 1515 Oddie Blvd Sparks. When the casino/bar was empty, a wma entered the establishment and placed the lone female employee at gunpoint. The victim was bound as the suspect proceeded to take an undisclosed amount of cash from several cash redemtion machines and the register.
It is clear that a second suspect was involved.
The Sparks Police Department is releasing several surveillance photos. The first set of photos depicting a wma wearing shorts and a checkered flannel is of a patron that was in the establishment just prior to the robbery. Sparks PD is requesting the public's assistance in the identity of this individual.
The second set of photos is of the suspect. He is a wma wearing blue jeans, denim jacket, cowboy hat and boots, with long blonde hair which is possibly a wig.
The third set of photos is of the second suspect. He is heavily concealed in a heavy jacket with a hood and dark pants.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sparks Police Department's Detective Division at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
In addition, Bob & Lucy's is offering an additional $2500.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of these suspects.
The photo is attached this time.
On October 2, 2014 Sparks Police officers were conducting an investigation at Deer Park, 1700 Prater Way. Officers have recently increased patrols in the area due to complaints of vagrants leaving trash and urinating near the gazebo.
Officers saw a subject on a motorcycle inside the boundaries of the park. As officers went to contact the man, he fled the area on the motorcycle. The subject went westbound on Prater, then northbound on El Rancho. When he tried to make a left turn onto G St, he failed to negotiate the turn and crashed. He did get up and try to get away again, but was caught by officers.
The suspect is identified as Kyle Fuller, a 33 year old Sparks resident.
Investigation showed that the motorcycle Fuller was riding was stolen and that Fuller had a warrant. Fuller was arrested and will be charged with Possession of Stolen Property, Felony Eluding and the warrant. He was taken to Renown for treatment of non-life threatening injuries prior to being booked into jail. His total bail amount is not known at this time.
The booking photo attached is not the photo from tonight's arrest. That photo was not yet available when this release was completed. The attached photo was the most recent available.