Adrian Navarro-Canales, 16, was arrested last week on the Las Vegas Strip after bystanders ID'd the boy. He was booked into the Clark County Detention Center awaiting his arraignment. Initially, the teenager was not a suspect in his mother and brothers stabbing murders, but that changed as evidence built up during the investigation. He is due in the Henderson Justice Court this morning and makes his first court appearance in an arraignment. Since Navarro-Canales is a minor, his booking/court/bail bonds information is not available to the public. If the suspect gets a bail bonds amount set in Henderson Justice Court today, we'll be sure to keep our story updated.
A sixteen year old Henderson boy is wanted in the murders of his 9 year old brother and mother. The killings are believed to have happened on September 17th last week but their bodies were not discovered until a welfare check several days later. The mother and child were stabbed to death, with the 40 year old mother being stabbed multiple times. The victims are identified as Elvira Canales-Gomez (age 40) and Cesar Gomez (age 9)Initially, Adrian Navarro-Canales was not immediately declared a suspect. When evidence began to surface during the investigation, it became apparant that the boy sent a suspicious text to his father saying everyone is asleep (a full day after the murders), and authorities had cause to believe the boy was living in the apartment for several days while his little brother and mom lay dead in the bathroom.
Cesar Navarro, aged 9, was found dead wearing his school attire while his mom was found in her work clothing. The boyfriend of Canales-Gomez witnessed a light off during his initial welfare visit, but the light was on during the subsequent check a day later.
Sadly, the family had just celebrated the suspected murderer's birthday just four days prior to the killings. Some family members noted that the suspect had a history of violence toward his mom, was not attending school regularly , and had very few friends. His behavior was characterized as anti-social. When captured, he will be tried as an adult.
If you have any information that can help in this investigation, lead to the capture of Adrian Navarro-Canales, and bring justice for the victims and their loved ones, please call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.
Comparing the years of 2011 to 2012, one can discern that Las Vegas had an overall increase in what's described as violent crime (i.e. murder, manslaughter, rape, aggravated assault, robbery, etc.). An annual FBI report just released this month for 2012 (Wow we're like 9 months into 2013 already. Federal bureaucracies are sure efficient right?), show that year over year Las Vegas had an increase in these crimes of 7%. Interestingly though, there were 7% less murders in the LVMPD jurisdiction last year.
Nationally, violent crime has gone down slightly according to FBI figures.
On a side note, Henderson, just a hop-skip-and-a-jump from Vegas, showed a 22% decrease in violent crimes and even a large decrease in property crimes. Fast growth in that city seems to have almost no effect on crime. Maybe it's time for Metro, and our Las Vegas and county officials to learn from Henderson. Let's see what they're doing right and implement it. Maybe our sheriff needs to use logic instead of trying to pander for more tax increases every 10 minutes. Yes that was hyperbole, but it seems like everytime, I tune into news online or on TV, there that guy is lobbying for increases to sales tax or some other guilt-inducing ploy for hiring more police.
We live in an absolutely broken and wicked world. From the ardent atheist, to the devout Christian, to the Spiritualist, to the Buddhist, and to the agnostic that so permeates our culture, that one reality is blatantly obvious. You may ask yourself, "what can cause a man to shoot, wound, and kill so many innocent people like the murderer who rampaged Washington D.C. yesterday?" Pop psychologists, secular media, religious leaders, and philosophers will all be clamoring to find out this person's motives. I know I constantly do this when tragedies and atrociities hit 'close to home.'
Even as a follower of Jesus, I find myself thinking on such things in a carnal way. In a psychological way. Perhaps because I'm a pschologist by education, and a logical thinking, left-brained, pragmatist by nature, I do this. However for all we know, and for how much more advanced we humans have become (in worldly terms), we have not escaped our nature. We are not protected from man's terrible nature. We are not immune to the effects of man's wickedness in a fallen world. The shooter is a relatively extreme manifestation of this wickedness.
I truly believe in an almighty, sovereign, loving, just, and empathetic God. Is God all powerful? Powerful enough to stop suffering and evil acts like those committed in D.C. yesterday? I would say absolutely. Why doesn't he then? Well, simply put, he does what does and allows what he allows all according to His sovereign will. How crappy would it be if God acted according to my selfish will and my selfish desires? He's allowed me to suffer terrible loss, tragedy, financial burden, stress, shame and pain on high levels. It makes him no less the sovereign creator of the Universe and sustainer of all things. I have confidence that in the end, my experiences and hardships work for my good and His glory.
I want just put this out there quickly: Suffering exists because this world is broken. God is not broken. Man at his core is wicked. Some arguably are more wicked than others. God however, is not wicked at all. Some angry man can put a bullet in the back of my head tonight. It would not make God any less glorious or perfect. The wicked things of this world draw me even closer and dependent on Jesus for every "next" breath I take. If the work Jesus needs me to do here on Earth is finished, and he lets a nutjob take me out, then I'm ready to go home. Times like this make me want to press into God more, not doubt his goodness. My prayer is that his presence can be felt in a tangible way for all the broken hearted people in D.C., the US, and the world.
A twenty six year old Las Vegas woman is in custody at the Clark County Detention Center awaiting a hearing on charges that she murdered her roommate in her apartment near Warmsprings and El Capitan Way. Police responded to a call of shots fired at around 9pm on Thursday night. Mary Pitrello was arrested while accompanied by an unidentified female companion at a downtown casino.
Witnesses described seeing two women flee into a vehicle with one carrying what looked like a shotgun after the gunfire. Reports indicate the male roommate was in his bedroom on the telephone after a domestic argument when the suspect fired a shotgun through the bedroom door killing the man at the scene.
Pitrello was booked into CCDC early on the 13th on charges of 1st degree murder, robbery with a deadly weapon, and assault with a deadly weapon. She is due in the Las Vegas Justice Court first thing Tuesday morning according to online jail records. A bail amount has not been set on the murder charge which is standard protocol during the first several days when charged with that count. It is not clear if the defendant has made any pre-arrangement with a Las Vegas bail bondsman.
An police officer was assaulted with a baseball bat at the entrance foyer to the Clark County Detention Center on Wednesday of this week. An angry man, now known to be Michael Law (25) entered CCDC just before 10:30am on Wednesday of this week carrying items warranting a standard search prior to entering the main part of the facility.
After giving the officer some snide, sarcastic remarks, he proceeded to swing a baseball bat multiple times at the officer, hitting him numerous times. Another police officer in the facility rushed to aid the victimized officer, and Michael was subsequently detained and arrested on site. The injured officer sufferred head, neck, jaw, and hand injuries, and was quickly taken to UMC--Praying for a quick recovery for the officer. In my experience at the County Jail, the staff up front have been extremely courteous and professional for years.
Law was arrested and booked into that facility on charges of Attempted Murder, Burglary, and Battery with a Deadly Weapon (as of his posting). As a side note he is also held on bench warrant for an old case involving a pedestrian failing to yield right of way. His posted bail thus far is $40,336, but it is unclear if he is able to bail out on the attempted murder charge until he sees a judge at least. He was due in the Las Vegas Justice Court for some type of hearing today at 7:30am according to online records. It's not clear whether he has set up a bail bond, or what occured in court today.
I can't really believe it's been this long since that day. I remember being a newly graduated college student, trying to keep plugging away at life when I woke up that morning to see the news reports. There was this feeling of surreal disbelief that something so evil could happen on US soil. I remember feeling surprised, betrayed, sad, fearful, and angry all at once. Never did I feel so vulnerable in my 22 years of existence. Thousands of innocent Americans, people who have families and a soul like me, are instantly killed. Dozens and dozens of first-responders would so die in the middle of heroic acts. Sadness and anger would swell up and reach an extreme level.
After being exposed to a more liberal university educational system, I had some preconceived notions about how Americans and Las Vegans would react to such events. The US was portrayed by my professors as almost an oppressive, hostile, aggressive, and bigotry-filled country. Immediately I had fears (now known to be unwarranted) that my Iranian instructor and Middle-Eastern friends would be targeted for retribution. I figured okay, two wrongs are going to try to make a "right." None of that happened. What we saw was a united country, albeit for a short time, that comforted one another, and met emotional and physical needs.
We are not like our enemy. We are set apart. I'm proud that I was born and raised in this city, in this country, and among its people.
A father has murdered his daughter and taken his own life in a North Las Vegas neighborhood over the weekend. The police responded to reports of gunshots at around 5:15am Sunday morning on Hollis Street near Craig and Commerce. An intense family argument was followed by Greg Landis (age 52), pulling out a gun and shooting his 25 year old daughter, Amanda Landis. He then turned the weapon on himself according to reports. Two other family members were at the residence during this tragedy but thankfully were uninjured. Greg Landis and Amanda Landis were pronounced dead at the scene. Prayers are going out to the family and loved ones affected by this ordeal.
An argument between neighbors turned deadly in the southeastern part of the Las Vegas Valley very early this morning. At around 1am two neighbors who had been drinking got into an argument in their neighborhood near I215 and Wigwam. One neighbor went into his home and retrieved a gun. He came out and fired at the other man. The 32 year old victim, whose ID has not been made public yet, died at the scene from his injuries.
It is unclear as to whether the suspect will be facing murder or manslaughter charges, or if the police have assumed this to be a justifiable shooting. Judging by the how quickly police arrested the suspect on scene however, charges could follow shortly. The shooter remains in custody.
There is no official word on what facility he was booked into. Likewise, there is no indication he even has a Las Vegas bail bond amount set.
Depak Desai, the Las Vegas doctor found guilty of second degree murder in the huge Hepatitis C outbreak, is due to be sentenced in Las Vegas Justice Court today. He faces the possibility of life in prison.
You may remember this six year-long case back in 2007 when certain medical equipment and syringes were being re-used from patient to patient. Seven patients suffered Hep C infections and one patient, Rodolfo Meana (age 77) died from Hep C complications in 2012. Widely regarded as the largest Hepatitis C outbreak in US history, the story is far from over. In addition to the likelihood of a multi-year appeals process, Desai faces a federal case that is slated to begin in February of next year. Additionally, should any of the other documented, infected patients die, even more charges could be filed against Desai.
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