Las Vegas Mayor Pro Tempore Steve Ross and his family were shocked to learn of son Shane Ross’ Friday arrest in connection with a series of robberies, they said in a statement.
“Our entire family is stunned and devastated at this development. Shane has battled addiction problems for sometime and may still be struggling with those demons. We are encouraging him to fully cooperate with police to help determine exactly what has taken place,” the Ross family statement reads.
Steve Ross didn’t return calls from the Review-Journal seeking comment Friday, and he didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment Saturday.
Las Vegas police responded to a robbery call at a Burger King on Rainbow Boulevard shortly after 7 a.m. Friday. The robber took off, but police located and arrested him soon after, at another business two blocks away.
The suspect may be connected to multiple armed robberies earlier in the week in that area of the valley, according to police.
Police dubbed them “cruiser” robberies, because the suspect parked a motorcycle outside the businesses before robbing them at gunpoint and leaving on the motorcycle.
Shane Ross was booked Friday into the Clark County Detention Center on charges of robbery with a deadly weapon and burglary while in possession of a gun.
Steve Ross represents the northwest portion of the city, Ward 6. He was first elected to the Las Vegas City Council in 2005, and is currently serving his third and final term. Steve Ross lost the Democratic primary in June to Marilyn Kirkpatrick to represent District B on the Clark County Commission.
He and his wife, Kelli, have five children and 13 grandchildren.
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