Police arrest Las Vegas official over murder of investigative reporter Jeff German

Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles was taken into custody after authorities searched his home. (AP/K.M. Cannon)

According to a report, a public figure who was the subject of articles published by killed Las Vegas investigative journalist Jeff German was detained Wednesday on suspicion of murder.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal quoted Sheriff Joe Lombardo of the Las Vegas Police Department as saying that Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles was taken into jail following a lengthy search of his house on Wednesday morning.

Police questioned Telles as they searched before his detention. According to a video posted to Twitter by Review-Journal writer Brett Clarkson, when he returned to his home on Wednesday evening, he refused to answer reporters' questions as he entered.

According to the Review-Journal, where German worked before he was killed on Friday, his residence was surrounded by police officers in tactical gear at 6 p.m., while he stayed inside. The news organization said that thirty minutes later, Telles was brought out on a stretcher and placed in an ambulance.

According to the newspaper, Telles lost a Democratic primary in June partly because German investigated his office behavior. "Emotional stress, bullying, and favoritism" were among the claims against Telles.

German was working on a potential follow-up story about Telles before he was fatally stabbed.

Telles tweeted many times about the reporter and his pieces, including on June 18: "Looking forward to lying smear piece number four by @JGermanRJ. I believe he is angry that I have not yet dug a hole and committed suicide."

Initially arriving at Telles' residence around 6:30 a.m. local time, police later served search warrants concerning the homicide, it was said.

According to authorities, German, 69, was discovered dead early Saturday morning, a day after being stabbed during an incident.

Sunday's executive editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal stated that the renowned writer, who unearthed political corruption in the area for decades, did not inform his supervisors of any threats or safety concerns before his death.

The Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner stated that German died of "multiple sharp force injuries."

Publish : 2022-09-08 10:16:00

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