Adult, not teen, victim of sex assault at Las Vegas underpass

Updated July 9, 2018 - 6:08 pm

Authorities have determined that the victim of a rape and attempted murder was a 25-year-old man, not a teenager.

Johnny Sanchez was arrested Wednesday and charged with attempted murder and sexual assault. The victim was found in an underpass homeless camp at Judson Avenue and Sloan Lane in Las Vegas covered in blood and unconscious with multiple, serious injuries, according to an arrest report

The victim’s injuries initially prevented police from being able to ID him, and he was thought to be 13 or 14, according to the report. Metropolitan Police Department confirmed Monday that the victim is actually 25-years-old.

His name was not released.

The victim was taken to University Medical Center Wednesday with fractures to his nose, ribs, skull and jaw, a collapsed lung, internal bleeding, cuts, signs of strangulation and a “foreign metal object” in part of his brain. His condition remains unclear.

Sanchez appeared in court for a preliminary hearing Monday morning. The state requested a $300,000 bail, which was reduced to $100,000, according to court records. If Sanchez posts bail he will be under house arrest.

Sanchez remains in Clark County Detention Center. His next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 7.

Contact Katelyn Newberg at knewberg@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0240. Follow @k_newberg on Twitter.

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