On August 25, 2014 at about 7:50 p.m., Sparks Police officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired in the 1000 block of G St.
As officers were en route, there were conflicting reports of a suspect vehicle leaving the area, and a possible victim being transported by private car from the area. When officers arrived, they learned that one male victim had been shot at least once, and had been transported by private car to the hospital. That victim showed up at Northern Nevada Medical Center. He was later transferred to Renown Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Officers also located a second shooting victim who was still on scene. That victim was also a male, and he was transported by REMSA to Renown Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
The only information about a possible suspect vehicle is a report of a light green vehicle, possibly a Ford Focus, leaving the area immediately after the shooting.
The Regional Gang Unit was on scene and did assist. It has not been determined if the shooting is gang related, and the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Sparks Police Detectives at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
On August 21st, 2014 at approximately 1923 hours, the Sparks Police Department met with the victim of Domestic Violence, who with her 5 year old child had been held against her will and battered. During the investigation Officers learned the victim met with her ex-boyfriend, Joaquin Acuna to exchange their 5 year old child. During this encounter an argument ensued which upset the 5 year old. Acuna left with the 5 year old and the victim, concerned for her child, followed Acuna to a storage facility in the 500 block of El Rancho. While at this location, Acuna's anger escalated and he forced his way into the victim's vehicle, now occupied by the 5 year old.
Acuna forced the victim to drive from the area. While driving he slammed her head into the steering wheel and bit her in the back of the neck. Acuna forced the victim to take him back to the storage facility and once there took her keys from her. While at the storage unit, Acuna put a rope around his neck and tried to hang himself in front of the victim and their 5 year old child. Acuna was unsuccessful and kicked the victim in the groin area and broke her cell phone.
The victim was able to get her keys and once she got in her car to leave, Acuna rammed her vehicle with his. She was able to flee the area and get help.
Acuna, a 27 year old, Reno resident was located at his residence and arrested. Acuna was charged with False Imprisonment, Domestic Battery, and Child Endangerment. He is being held on $25,000 bail.
There is no further information to be released at this time.
On August 21, 2014 at approximately 4:00 a.m., Sparks Police responded to multiple 911 calls reporting a motel guest shooting from his room. Several marked patrol officers arrived and the subject continued to shoot multiple rounds in the parking lot. Officers attempted to negotiate with the subject, but the subject refused to comply. The subject fired rounds from several different weapons and officers could hear him reloading. The subject continued to fire additional rounds.
A Sparks Police Officer fired one round at the subject. The round did not hit the subject; however, the subject surrendered. The subject was transported to the hospital for evaluation and for treatment for minor cuts from broken glass.
Sparks detectives are still in the process of identifying the subject. No officers or motel guests were injured. SPD detectives continue to investigate this incident.
SPD will release further details as they are known. Detectives request that all further media inquires be postponed until additional facts can be gathered from the scene and from additional witnesses. A press conference will be held today at the Sparks Police Department at 1:00 p.m.
Sparks Police are currently working a traffic accident involving a pedestrian at 9th and C Street in Sparks. We received the call at 3:02am, and on arrival found the pedestrian unresponsive in the street just east of the intersection, and the driver of the vehicle that struck her on scene. It appears the female was crossing 9th Street at C Street northbound in the crosswalk, when the vehicle, which was travelling east on C Street, hit her. The vehicle was a 1990 GMC Van, and the driver said he did not see the pedestrian before hitting her. The victim, a 49 year old Sparks resident, was transported to Renown with serious head injuries, where she is currently on life support. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor with the driver of the van, and it is too early in the investigation to know if any charges will be issued in this accident. At this time there is no further information.
Lt. Chad Hawkins
On 8/13/14, Sparks Police Detectives arrested Justin Ray Helleson for two bank robberies that were committed in the city of Sparks. On July 14 at 1654 hours, the US Bank inside Raleys at 2389 Wingfield Hills Dr. was robbed. On August 1st, at 1718 the US Bank inside the Safeway at 2858 Vista Blvd. was robbed. Reno Police And Sparks Police Detectives developed information that Helleson had committed the robberies and placed him under surveillance.
On 8/13/14, Reno and Sparks Police Detectives followed Helleson to the Wal-Mart on E. 2nd St. After a short period of time Helleson left the Wal-Mart on foot and began walking eastbound toward Glendale Ave. Helleson was contacted and placed under arrest. Helleson was later booked into the Washoe County Jail on two counts of Robbery with the Use of a Deadly Weapon.
On July 11, 2014, Sparks Police Detectives began investigating a sexual assault case involving a 12 year old juvenile Sparks resident. Investigators learned that the juvenile had begun speaking with the 44 year old suspect, Matthew BURR, through social media, namely an application known as "Whisper". BURR offered the juvenile money to "hang out".
BURR is a long haul truck driver based out of Utah. BURR made deliveries to several local businesses. BURR subsequently convinced the juvenile to sneak out of her home in the middle of the night and accompany him while he made his deliveries. This occured on at least two different occasions. During one of the incidents BURR paid the juvenlie in exchange for sex. BURR photographed the juvenile while engaged in these sexual acts.
As the investigation progressed, SPD detectives posed as the juvenile and continued communication with BURR. It was clear that BURR knew the juvenile was underage and that BURR had sexual intentions. BURR arranged to meet with the juvenile again, but instead was greeted by detectives. BURR had purchased several gifts believing it was the juveniles birthday. One of the gifts was sexual in nature.
On August 13, 2014, BURR was interviewed at the Sparks Police Department. BURR was subsequently arrested and booked at the Washoe County Jail. SPD detectives completed a forensic examination of BURR's cell phone. Naked images of the juvenile were located. Detectives also located other images not of this juvenile. The investigation continues in an effort to locate any other potential victims. BURR has been a commercial truck driver for several years. He may have met people through social media in several different states. SPD Detectives have been working with Utah investigators and the FBI.
Anyone with any information is encouraged to call the Sparks Police Department Detective Division at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
The Sparks Police Department's Detective Division understands that there is a desire to know details about this case. At this time this case is still under investigation and as soon as we can release details, we will be sending another press release.
Per City of Sparks Public Works, the intersection of El Rancho and Oddie will be on "red flash" and down to one lane of traffic on all directions until Monday or Tuesday of next week as a result of a traffic accident.
Be advised that there is road construction occuring on E. Prater Wy today between Vista Bl and Sparks Bl. Expect delays if you use this route, so please use alternate routes. Thank you.
The Sparks Police Department is asking for help in locating a missing person who was last belived to be in downtown Reno, possibly at the Regional Transportation Commission bus station, as of approximately 8 a.m. today.
The subject is Stephen Gillespie, a 61 year old white male. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap with "Team USA" on the front, a white t-shirt with a US Food Service logo and gray corderoy pants. Gillespie is 5'8" tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds. A photo of Gillespie is attached to this media release.
Officers had been called to the 500 block of Sparks Blvd. at approximately 1:45 a.m. on a possibly intoxicated subject. Mr. Gillespie was transported to the Westcare facility in downtown Reno. He was released from there at approximately 8 a.m. He was believed to be headed to the RTC bus station at that time.
Gillespie may seem as though he has dementia as he has a previous head injury. If you have any information regarding this case, please contact the Sparks Police Department dispatch center at 353-2231 or Sparks Police Detectives at 353-2225.
Mr. Gillespie has been located in good condition in downtown Reno as of about 11:45 p.m. on the evening of August 13.
On August 8th, 2014 at approximately 0318 hours the Sparks Police Department responded to a disturbance in the 300 block of 3rd street. Officers received information that the suspect was running around the apartment complex with a baseball bat and yelling. Officers located the baseball bat in the area and the suspect's apartment. When trying to speak with the suspect, he slammed the door on them.
The officers walked a short distance away and heard the suspect began to yell loudly. The Officers approached the suspect from the rear, who was standing at the top of a stairway yelling to the floor below in a argumentative and demeaning manner. As officers reached the top of the stairwell, they saw the suspect with his back turned to them, pointing a gun in the direction of the bottom story of the apartments.
Verbal commands were given to the suspect as he turned on the officers and jumped back into his residence. The suspect refused to exit the residence and the Sparks Police Department SWAT team was called. After over an hour of attempting to negotiate with the suspect, he exited the residence and was taken into custody without incident.
A Search Warrant was obtained for the residence and the firearm was located inside.
The suspect was identified as 27 year old Sparks Resident, Kyle James McClure. McClure was charged with Obstructing with the use of a Firearm, Challenge to Fight with the use of a Firearm, and Drawing a Firearm in a Threatening Manner. He is being held on $30,500.00 bail.