On March 2, 2015 at 4:14 a.m. the Sparks Police Department responded to the report of an armed robbery with a knife at the 7-11 convenience store located at 2295 G Street. The clerk of the store reported that three males, approximately 15-21 years of age, entered the store wearing hooded sweatshirts and masks. The subjects circled the clerk in a back corner of the store where he was stocking shelves. One of the subjects presented a knife and told the clerk he would be harmed if he reported the incident to police. The other two subjects then took two cases of beer and all three left the store on foot in an unknown direction. The incident was witnessed by two customers that were in the store but were not approached or threatened by the subjects.
After reviewing the video surveillance, the store owner believed he could identify one of the subjects as a previous customer. Contact was made with the identified subject at his residence. All three subjects involved in the incident were located at the same residence and were taken into custody.
Two of the subjects are minors who were transported to Jan Evans for charges related to this case and their identities will not be released. The last subject was identified as 18 years old Angel Ibarra, he was transported to Washoe County Jail for charges related to this case. All subjects were charged with Robbery with a Deadly Weapon and Minors in Possession of Alcohol. All items utilized in the incident by the subjects were recovered at the home, including the stolen alcohol.
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 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.
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.
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.