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Las Vegas police search for suspect in morning homicide

Updated May 31, 2017 - 1:57 pm

Las Vegas police are searching for a man suspected of killing his roommate in a central valley apartment complex early Wednesday morning.

Detectives are looking into the circumstances of a man’s death at the French Oaks condominiums, 3823 S. Maryland Parkway near East Twain Avenue, police said. The suspect in the killing was identified Wednesday afternoon as Zachary Drey, 25.

A relative of the suspect called police after receiving a 2:30 a.m. call from the man saying he had just killed his roommate, Lt. Dan McGrath of the homicide unit said.

Homicide investigators were dispatched to the scene about 5 a.m., after patrol officers located the apartment unit and “immediately saw blood,” McGrath said.

The homicide victim, described as a black man in his 20s, was discovered in a bathtub with significant stab wounds. Detectives suspect the man was killed in another room and dragged into the bathroom in an attempt to clean up the scene.

McGrath said forensic investigators likely would be working the “gruesome” scene in the apartment well into the afternoon.

“That’s a complicated scene for CSI,” he said.

Police are searching for Drey but had not found him as of Wednesday afternoon. Police described him as standing about 6 feet tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He has red hair and green eyes.

The public should consider Drey armed and dangerous, police said.

The man who was killed will be identified by the Clark County coroner’s office after his family has been notified.

Contact Wesley Juhl at wjuhl@reviewjournal.com and 702-383-0391. Contact Mike Shoro at mshoro@reviewjournal.com. Follow @WesJuhl and @mike_shoro on Twitter.

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