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.
Members of the Regional Gang Unit (RGU) were able to develop suspect information on this case. This information was shared with the Sparks Police Department CSU Team. Over the last several weeks RGU and CSU worked this investigation together. Those efforts resulted in the arrest of Alexander Mendez-Cerros on 2-24-15. During the investigation evidence linking Mr. Mendez-Cerros to the crime was located and collected.
The original surveillance photo and a booking photo are attached.
Luz Reyes-Galvan was last seen by her family in early October 2014. She is known to frequent local casinos. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Sparks Police Department at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 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. Santiago Lopez, age 52, 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 7000 block of Cumberland Circle, and that he is currently unemployed.
Mr. Lopez is in compliance with all Sex Offender laws, and is not wanted by law enforcement.
Mr. Lopez 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 February 24, 2015 at 6:45 p.m.. Sparks Police responded to the 1700 block of Burnside Drive on the report of shots fired.
Officers arrived on scene within one minute of the call. Initial information indicated that a female had been shot and was laying in the front yard of a residence. When officers arrived, they located a female victim with an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was transported to Renown Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. There was one other female on scene who was a witness to the incident. She was not physically harmed.
Thus far, the investigation indicates the female victim and her friend arrived at the address to retrieve property. The male suspect armed himself and confronted the victim and her friend in the driveway. He fired several shots, one of which struck the victim. The male then retreated into the house and was found deceased there by officers. His cause of death is yet to be determined.
Currently no personnel are available for additional on-camera interviews as we devote our resources to the investigation of this incident.
On 02-18-2015, at 2:35pm, Sparks Police started receiving phone calls regarding a male chasing a female with a handgun in the area of the AM/PM Market, located at 1701 Victorian Avenue. The male was reported to be in a faded red Toyota sedan, and the female was on foot in the area. Our dispatch received more calls regarding the incident as it made it's way east on Victorian, and a patrol officer located the vehicle stopped at Pyramid and C Street. The officer placed the driver at gunpoint, but the suspect fled in the car east on C Street. We found the car abandoned at 5th and D Street, and citizens pointed us in the direction of where the suspect was last seen running. Officers found him laying in some brush on the side of a detached garage in the 300 block of 6th Street. No gun was found after an extensive search, and the female was located and was intoxicated and uncooperative in the investigation. The male suspect was identified as Jerry Frances Bartes, and his date of birth is 01-07-1971. He will initially be booked for Felony DUI (his 4th arrest for DUI), Obstructing, Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No insurance, and Driving on a Suspended License. We were unable to locate the witnesses to the initial call, and ask if anyone witnessed the event to call us at 353-2231.
On February 16, 2015, Sparks Police officers were hailed by a citizen who reported an attempted robbery.
The incident occurred at the Nevada State Bank located at 500 E. Prater Way. The victim was doing a night deposit related to her work and as she did so a subject approached her vehicle, brandished a handgun and demanded the deposit bag. The victim then threw the bag in her car and began to drive away. As this was occurring, the suspect began to bang on the vehicle with the firearm. There were marks on the car that supported this information. The victim continued to drive away and caused damage to her car in an attempt to flee. The victim was not injured and there was no loss in this case.
The suspect is described as an unknown race male wearing dark colored clothing including a hooded sweatshirt, knit hat and jeans. It is possible that there was a second suspect involved but no description of that person is available at this time. The subject was last seen northbound on East I Street.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Sparks Police Detectives at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
Sparks Police SWAT officers will be doing training in the 500 Block of Gault Way. This is near the intersection of Pyramid and McCarran. Please do not be alarmed if you see them in the area.
On 02/14/15 at approximately 0036 hours the Sparks Police Department responded to Renown Medical Center regarding a stabbing victim. Officers learned that several subjects were in a fight at Aguitas Night Club located at 1825 Prater Way. During the fight one suspect stabbed two people and fled the scene. Both victims were transported by friends to the hospital. One victim had superficial injuries the other victim required surgery for non life threatening injuries.
The suspect was described as a Hispanic male adult, 18-20 years of age, 5-07, slender, with a black hooded sweatshirt and black hat.
Any information regarding this case, please contact secret witness or the Sparks Police Department.
There is no further information to be released at this time.
On February 9, 2015 at about 7:10 p.m. Sparks Police and Fire personnel responded to the 500 block of Howard Drive for the report of a vehicle that had crashed into a tree.
When officers arrived, they found a 2007 Subaru with heavy front end damage that had struck a tree on the west side of the street. There was a lone male passenger in the vehicle who was in and out of consciousness. His name is being withheld at this time, and he was transported to Renown with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
The driver had fled the scene. The driver was described as a female who was last seen running from the area northbound on Howard Drive. There is a possibility that there was a second female in the car who also fled.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Sparks Police Traffic Section at 353-2432.
THE ROAD IS CLEARED AND REOPENED
On January 28, 2015 Sparks Police officers responded to a child luring report. The incident occurred in the area of the 1800 block of Prater Way.
Officers met with the teenage female victim in this case and she told them that she had disembarked from a Citifare bus and was walking through a parking lot in the 1800 block of Prater Way. As she walked, a male in a vehicle asked her if she wanted a ride. The victim replied no, and the male drove away.
The male is described as a Hispanic male in his mid 30s with a thin mustache, and wearing a black baseball cap with a yellow logo. The vehicle was described as a newer Jeep, possibly the Liberty model, silver in color. She further said the vehicle had a black luggage rack on the roof. The vehicle was last seen driving eastbound on D St.
Neither the vehicle nor the driver has been located at the time of this release. The victim was not harmed.
If anyone has further information on this incident, or witnessed any portion of it, please contact Sparks Police detectives at 353-2225 or you may remain anonymous with Secret Witness by calling 322-4900.
Today, 1/28/15 at 1330 hours, there will be an opportunity for an on camera interview regarding this case. I will be on the front steps at the Sparks Police Department at that time. Thank you.
On January 27, 2015 at 6:35 p.m. Sparks Police officers responded to the area of the 1000 block of El Rancho Drive on what was initially reported as a possible fight in progress.
While officers were checking the area, further information indicated that the call was actually a vehicle versus pedestrian accident and was actually located in the 1100 block of El Rancho. Sparks Fire and REMSA personnel also responded.
When officers arrived, the female victim was located in the roadway and was not conscious. REMSA transported the victim to Renown where she was admitted with potential life-threatening injuries.
The investigation so far shows that the driver of the vehicle that struck the victim was northbound on El Rancho Drive. Information indicates that the victim pedestrian was crossing El Rancho drive or walking in a travel lane when she was struck. Her name is being withheld at this time. The driver is identified as Arthur Coleman of Reno. Coleman remained on scene following the collision and is cooperating with the investigation.
Alcohol does not appear to be a factor on the part of the driver. It is being investigated with regard to the pedestrian.
Northbound El Rancho Drive was closed for several hours while the accident was investigated. The roadway is now open for normal traffic.
1100 BLOCK OF NB EL RANCHO WILL BE CLOSED FOR AN UNDETERMINED AMOUNT OF TIME
A driver of a dark blue 2002 Toyota wagon was driving north on Vista Blvd when the vehicle left the roadway. The vehicle drove over the sagebrush and sidewalk before driving across Brierly and onto the property on the north side of the street. The vehicle continued north over the grass and in between a sign post and light standard on the corner of the property where it then struck a tree, snapping it in half.
Witnesses then described to officers that the vehicle continued north into the parking lot without braking or decelerating and struck a light pole dislodging the concrete foundation and ripping the pole apart. The force of the collision caused the vehicle to flip once and land on top of a small tree. The driver was unconscious when witnesses rushed to his aid. The male driver, identified as 30 year old Gupreet Jaswal, suffered a head injury and regained consciousness shortly before police arrived on scene.
Jaswal was the sole occupant of the vehicle and transported by Remsa to Renown where he is receiving treatment.
The business located at the northeast corner of Brierly and Vista Blvd is the Quik Stop convenience store. Several patrons were present and witnessed some or all of the collision when it occurred.
Speed and rainy conditions appear to be a factor. The driver was unable to recall what occurred.
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.
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.