Joint Press Release: Washoe County District Attorney's Office and Sparks Police
On January 29, 2015 at 8:56am, Sparks Police were called to investigate a report of Sex Assault of a Child Under 14 Years of Age. The female victim disclosed that she had been assaulted several times by her relative, Selvin Zecena-Valdez over the course of 3 years. Sparks Police detectives investigated the allegations, and on March 13, 2015 Sparks detectives arrested Zecena-Valdez on multiple counts of Sexual Assault with a Child Under the Age of 14 years old, Lewdness with a Child Under the Age of 14 years old and Attempted Sexual Assault of a Child. Zecena-Valdez was booked into the Washoe County Detention Center on the aforementioned charges. The Washoe County District Attorney’s Office subsequently filed criminal charges against Zecena-Valdez and the case proceeded to jury trial.
A bail amount of $560,000, bondable, was set and Zecena-Valdez was able to bail out of jail pending his trial. The trial against Zecena-Valdez began on October 17, 2016. On October 20, 2016, Zecena-Valdez elected to testify on his own behalf and court concluded that day during the State’s cross-examination of the defendant. Cross-examination was set to resume the following day when Zecena-Valdez failed to appear in court. The trial resumed as mandated by Nevada law, and the jury found Zecena-Valdez guilty of four counts of Sexual Assault on a Child Under the Age of 14 years old, five counts of Lewdness with a Child Under the Age of 14 years old and one count of Attempted Sexual Assault on a Child.
Based on the failure to appear and the conviction, an arrest warrant has been issued for Zecena-Valdez with nation-wide extradition. Investigators with the Washoe County District Attorney’s office, Sparks Police detectives and members of the U.S. Marshalls Office are attempting to locate Zecena-Valdez.
A jury found Zecena-Valdez guilty at trial, and we need your help locating him. We believe Zecena-Valdez fled after court on the evening of Thursday October 20th. A vehicle associated to Zecena-Valdez was located and accounted for. Zecena-Valdez is described as a Hispanic Male Adult, 5’11”, 180, Black Hair, Brown Eyes. A photograph accompanies this release.
Zecena-Valdez is now a wanted Fugitive from Justice. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Selvin Zecena-Valdez is urged to call Sparks Police (775) 353-2231, Washoe County District Attorney’s Office Investigations Division (775) 321-4300 US Marshalls (775) 686-5780 or Secret Witness (775) 322-4900.
On October 25, 2016 at approximately 0336 hours, Sparks Police responded to the 500 block of Howard Drive on the report of a traffic accident, with a vehicle into the building. Arriving officers found a red Hyundai which had been northbound on Howard Drive. The Hyundai had left the road, jumped the curb, crossed the sidewalk, and struck a tree next to a residence. There was no damage to the building. No injuries were reported by the driver or occupants of the residence. The driver of the Hyundai, Oscar Zambrano, was taken to the Washoe County Jail and booked for DUI.
The Northern Nevada Repeat Offender Program (ROP) arrested Murry McKinley for Burglary, Embezzlement, and Uttering a Forged Instrument. ROP began investigating McKinley after receiving information that he was involved in a Counterfeit Money ring operating in the Reno/Sparks area.
ROP Detectives discovered McKinley was indeed passing counterfeit currency at local convenience stores and other commercial businesses. McKinley, a career criminal, was also involved in organized retail theft.
ROP is comprised of detectives from the Sparks Police Department, Reno Police Department, Washoe County Sheriff's Office, and the Department of Parole and Probation. ROP targets offenders with extensive criminal history and works closely with the Washoe County District Attorney's Office for enhanced sentences.
Anyone with information about McKinley is encouraged to contact the ROP office at 775 334-3877 or Secret Witness at 775 322-4900.
the lights at pyramid/mccarran are not cycling properly. please avoid this area as traffic is continuing to back up.
Sparks Police invite you to a free Unity in the Community BBQ, Saturday October 22, 2016 from 11am to 3pm at Oppio Park located at 2355 18th Street, next to Sparks Middle School. Come visit with officers, your neighbors, friends and family. Stop by to see police horses, SWAT vehicle, a police car and our Mobile Command Center. A custom police tribute truck will be there too. This is your opportunity to get to know those serving your community, enjoy a bite to eat, and tour police vehicles. Bring a blanket to sit on, chairs, some extra water, a soccer ball, football, maybe a frisbee and have some fun with us.
On October 20, 2016 at about 6:20 a.m. Sparks Police responded to a reported robbery at 11 E. Victorian Ave, the Sinclair gas station and mini-mart.
The suspect entered the store, produced an unknown type firearm and demanded money from the clerk. The clerk complied with the demand. During the incident, the suspect discharged one round from a firearm.The suspect then fled from the store in a westerly direction.
No one was injured during the incident. The amount of loss has not been determined at this time.
The suspect is described as a male, approximately 5'10" to 6'2" tall with a thin build. He was wearing a dark colored jacket, dark pants and a clown mask. A photograph is attached. It is the best quality photo available to us at this time.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Sparks Police Detectives at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
The Sparks Police Department received a call of vehicle that collided with and ran over, a child on a skateboard.
When officers arrived on scene, they observed a t16 year-old male on the side of the roadway where he was moved by residents who heard the commotion. The victim was bleeding heavily from his head. He was able to communicate with officers and medical personnel but retained no memory of the event. The teen was taken to Renown Medical Center and admitted with serious injuries to his head and pelvis. The driver, the victims friend, remained on scene and relayed what occurred.
Officers learned the 17 year-old driver of a Toyota truck was driving up Telehurst as his 16 year-old friend held onto the truck while on his skateboard. Based upon information collected on scene, it is believed the victim lost his footing on the skateboard and fell into the roadway where the truck drove over his head. The victim was not wearing any protective gear to include a helmet at the time of the incident. The driver was released to his parents shortly after speaking with him.
The Washoe County Sheriff's Office Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) arrived to assist officers in the reconstruction of the collision which included scene measurements. This is a common practice when substantial injury or death occurs.
Officers spoke with driver and two adult males on scene. Our agency is interested in talking with anyone who may have witnessed the incident.
SPARKS POLICE IS WORKING A VEHICLE CRASH VS.SKATEBOARDER / BOTH OF WHICH ARE JUVENILES AND ONE IS BEING TRASNPORTED TO RENOWN WITH SUBSTANIAL BODILY INJURIES LT WOYCIEHOWSKY IS AVAILABLE ON SCENE AT 3300 #BLK OF TELEHURST TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS
On October 18, 2016 at about 6:10 a.m. Sparks Police, Sparks Fire and REMSA personnel responded to a reported vehicle versus motorcycle accident at Glendale Ave and S. 15th St.
Initial reports said that the motorcycle driver was not moving. However, when police arrived on scene the driver of the motorcycle was conscious and alert.
The investigation to this point shows that a motorcycle driven by 30 year old Yuma McGinty of Sparks was eastbound on Glendale. A jeep, driven by 27 year old Sean McCarry of Reno, was west bound. McIntyre made a left turn to northbound S. 15th St and failed to yield right of way to McCarry's vehicle. The motorcycle struck the Jeep in the driver's side door.
McGinty was transported to Renown Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. McCarry was not injured. No citations have been issued, and anyone with further information is asked to call Sparks Police at 353-2432.
Traffic was diverted around the accident scene for westbound Glendale Ave traffic, but was re-opened for normal traffic by 7:30 a.m.
Roadway has been cleared; open to normal traffic.
SPARKS POLICE AND FIRE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING A ROLL OVER VEHICLE ACCIDENT. SOUTH BOUND VISTA AT I80 IS DOWN TO ONE LANE. PLEASE AVOID THIS AREA AS TRAFFIC IS GETTING BACKED UP ON ALL ON AND OFF RAMPS.
On 10/15/16 at approximately 1831 hours officers of the Sparks Police Department were investigating a Domestic Battery. Probable cause for arrest was developed for the suspect in the Domestic Battery. On the same date at approximately 2055 hours, the suspect was located in the 1200 block of Coachman Drive, Sparks, NV. Officers attempted to arrest the suspect and a struggle ensued. Ultimately the suspect was taken into custody. A short time later the suspect was observed to go unconscious. Medical aid was performed and the suspect was transported to a local hospital where the suspect was declared deceased.
The Sparks Police Department requested the Washoe County Sheriff's Office investigate the incident. The Washoe County Sheriffs Office is the lead agency in the investigation and will handle future media inquiries. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Washoe County Sheriff's Office Detective Division at 775-328-3320.
On October 15th, 2016 at approx. 2321 hours, Sparks Patrol officers responded to the 1200 block of Victorian Ave. for a report of a vehicle vs. pedestrian accident. During the investigation it was learned that driver of a 2014 Hyundai SUV had struck a 62 year old male, while he was crossing the street. The victim sustained major injuries and was transported to Renown Medical Center, where he is currently recieving treatment for his injuries.
The driver was not injured and it appears that alcohol was involved.
The Washoe County Sheriff Major Accident Investigation Team, assisted with the accident investigation.
No further information will be released about the victim or driver at this time, until the investigation is completed. Another press release will be forthcoming within a few days with further details concerning this incident.
Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is urged to contact the Sparks Police Department Traffic Division at 353-2432 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
On October 14th 2016 at approx. 0417 hours, Sparks Patrol officers responded to the area of 10th and C St. for a report of a Robbery. The victim told officers that a male on a mountain bike, approached him wielding a handgun; and demanding money. The victim gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash; and the male was last seen north on 10th St. towards Prater Way. The victim was not injured.
The suspect is described as:
White of Hispanic male adult, 20-30 years old, wearing a green zippered jacket and jeans, riding a black mountain bike.
Anyone who may have witness the incident or has information about a possible suspect, is urged to contact the Sparks Police Department Detective division at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
THE INTERSECTION IS NOW OPEN
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Detectives from the Northern Nevada Repeat Offender Program (ROP) arrested James Hotta for Burglary, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Ex-Felon Failing to Register, and Driving w/o a License or registration. Todays arrest marks the second Felony arrest for Hotta by the ROP team in the last 5 months.
Hotta is out on bail pending sentencing for the previous Burglary charge stemming from an arrest in late March. ROP detectives had Hotta under surveillance and watched Hotta committ a Burglary at a local WalMart. He was immediately arrested and found to be in possession of Methamphetamine. The stolen property was located and returned to WalMart.
ROP detectives will be working closely with the Washoe County District Attorney's Office and will be seeking a Habitual Offender enhancement.
The Northern Nevada Repeat Offender Program is comprised of detectives from the Sparks Police Department, Reno Police Department, Washoe County Sheriff's Office, and Nevada Department of Parole and Probation. The unit works closely with a dedicated Prosecutor and Investigator from the Washoe County District Attorney's Office. The ROP team targets those who quailify as Habitual Offenders.
If you are considering becoming involved in the creepy clown phenomenon; would you then also consider the effect or potential consequences of your actions. Police resources are being tied up with unsubstantiated reports of violent crimes perpetrated by suspects wearing clown outfits.
Over the last few days, suspects wearing clown outfits committing crimes and acting suspiciously have been reported to Sparks Police. Our objective in any case is to thoroughly investigate based upon available facts, witnesses, and evidence. Officers have not been able to substantiate any claims of assaults or threats. If someone feels they have been threatened, assaulted or otherwise victimized in a case like this, please contact Sparks Police to file a report and provide raw video footage if available.
There seems to be more coverage of the creepy clown phenomenon, especially online with many pranks shown on video to scare, annoy or shock people and in some cases market an event. Our concern is police resources being tied up on what turns out to be a prank when someone may actually need police services.
On October 4, 2016 at about 3:00am, Officers responded to a report of a person dressed up like a clown near Reed High School threatening people with a weapon. This was unsubstantiated, and no report was filed. This precipitated officers responding to an actual shooting on Maxine Circle where someone had been shot.
Many other unsubstantiated reports of suspects wearing clown outfits chasing people and running into traffic were reported in Wing Field Springs.
If anyone decides to publicly act out or exhibit what appears to be criminal activity or what looks like someone assaulting others with a weapon; this will likely cause a significant police response. Officers will respond to control the situation, locate the suspect(s) and investigate. This could also cause a passerby to become involved and intervene in what they perceive as a crime in-process. People may react and someone could get hurt or a person may defend themselves against what they perceive as a threat.
It is not illegal to dress up like a clown, but if you decide to clown around, obey the law.
Report suspicious activity or criminal activity to Sparks Police at 353-2231 or call 911 in the case of an emergency or crime in-progress.
The Sparks Police Department is investigating a Child Concealment case involving Angelique Zimmer, a 30 year old Sparks resident. Zimmer is traveling across the US in a white 2000 Mercury Mountaineer with Nevada license plates, 751-LXH. Zimmer is traveling with her two biological daughters, Maddie Zimmer, 4 years of age and Ayaniah Bowers 8 years of age. All involved photographs are attached. Detectives believe Zimmer is traveling to South Carolina.
Detectives are still investigating the case and Zimmer is not currently wanted. We are attempting to locate Zimmer and her children to check their welfare and further investigate the case.
Please contact the Sparks Police Department Detective Division, 775-353-2225 or Secret Witness with any information.
On October 4, 2016 Sparks Police officers responded to a reported shooting in the 2500 block of Maxine Circle.
When officers arrived, they located the victim in the case. The victim had suffered an apparent gunshot would to an arm. Sparks Fire and REMSA personnel provided treatment to the victim who was transported to Renown Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Officers learned that the suspect and victim had been involved in an argument when the suspect produced a handgun and shot the victim.
The suspect had fled the scene at the time of the incident. That suspect is identified as Daniel Blevin, a 33 year old Sparks resident. A photo of Blevin is attached. Further details of the incident are being withheld at this time.
Blevin is still believed to be armed and should be considered dangerous. Anyone with information on Blevin's whereabouts or with information regarding this case may call Sparks Police Dispatch at 353-2231, Sparks Police Detectives at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.