Two arrested in possible link to home invasions

Las Vegas police on Thursday arrested two people who might be linked to a string of violent home invasions that have plagued the valley this year.

Neither the names of the two people, nor their jail booking photographs, were released.

Detectives surveilled the two suspects as they broke into an unoccupied apartment near Arville Street and Rochelle Avenue, near the Palms, about 1:45 a.m., police said in a news release.

The suspects, who were wearing dark clothing, masks and bandanas, broke a window and entered the apartment.

Detectives who were surveilling them saw them remove large items from the unit and load them into a vehicle, police said.

The two left the area in different vehicles. Detectives stopped one of them, who was arrested without incident.

When detectives tried to pull over the second vehicle, the driver rammed an unmarked police car and tried to flee, police said. The suspect's car struck an object and overturned near the intersection of Arville and Tropicana Avenue, police said.

The suspect then began to flee on foot over a wall and into a desert area, where he was arrested without further incident, police said.

The two were booked into the Clark County Detention Center on charges of home invasion, burglary and grand larceny, police said. The suspect who rammed the police car also has been charged with battery on a police officer with a deadly weapon.

Police said investigators are trying to determine whether the two are connected with some of the at least 15 armed home invasions that have occurred in the valley since the start of this year.

In those 15 cases, the suspects, traveling in groups of two or three, used open or unlocked doors or windows to get into homes and apartments, police have said.

In some cases the homeowners were hog-tied at gunpoint while the suspects stole electronics, jewelry and other valuables.

In an incident last month, a 44-year-old man was shot in the hip while trying to flee.

Contact reporter Lawrence Mower at or 702-383-0440.