EARLY WEDNESDAY INCIDENT
Suspect in vehicle theft kills self after standoff, police say
An early morning police standoff Wednesday that lasted more than three hours ended when the suspect killed himself, Las Vegas police said.
Police first received a call regarding a stolen vehicle at 10 p.m. Tuesday. The vehicle was at an apartment complex in the 9000 block of Vantage Point Road, near Washington Avenue and Buffalo Drive, at 2 a.m. Wednesday, with the unidentified suspect hiding inside.
Officer Barbara Morgan said SWAT negotiated with the suspect, who was armed, for several hours but did not approach him. At 5:13 a.m., the suspect shot himself in the head, she said.
Police did not identify the man.
Police ID couple killed in Summerlin Parkway rollover
A man and a woman who died after a rollover accident on Summerlin Parkway on Tuesday night were identified Wednesday as Danielle James and Antonio Robinson.
The Clark County coroner’s office said James, 25, was from North Las Vegas and Robinson, 24, was from Las Vegas.
The Nevada Highway Patrol said the two were involved in a crash at 7 p.m. on Summerlin Parkway near Rampart Boulevard. For unknown reasons, the vehicle rolled over.
James died at the scene. Robinson died at University Medical Center shortly after midnight, the coroner’s office said.
LAS VEGAS HOMICIDE
Man slain in his home, his wife injured, identified by police
A man who was killed this week in his Las Vegas home by an armed suspect has been identified as Julio Romero by the Clark County coroner’s office.
Romero, 64, died of a gunshot wound to the head.
Las Vegas police were called to Sage Pines Drive, near Russell Road and Jones Boulevard, at 1:18 a.m. Monday. They found Romero dead in a bedroom. His wife, who was not named, was shot in the face.
The house is owned by Julio and Roberta Romero, according to county records. The woman, who is in her 50s, was hiding in a closet. She was taken to University Medical Center and is expected to survive, police said.
Police said they believed Julio Romero allowed the suspect into the house. The suspect is described as a white man in his 40s. After he shot the victims, he fled the residence.
Man charged in attempt to open airplane door in flight
Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged a New York man accused of trying to open a commercial airplane’s exterior door during a flight from Washington, D.C., to Las Vegas.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Colorado said 33-year-old Gregory Thomas Burns faces charges of interfering with a flight crew. The United Airlines jetliner was diverted Saturday to Denver International Airport.
Authorities initially released Burns after determining it wasn’t a terror attempt. He was arrested Wednesday morning at a Denver hospital after prosecutors filed a complaint.
ARIZONA CRASH VICTIM IDENTIFIED
Man killed, passenger injured in late Monday rollover
Arizona authorities have identified a man who died in a single-vehicle accident about midnight Monday near Wikieup that wasn’t discovered until 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Mohave County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Trish Carter said 47-year-old John Leroy Jubeck Jr. of Wikieup was dead at the scene of the accident five miles off U.S. Highway 93.
Carter said Jubeck and his passenger, Carl Davis, 25, were ejected from the 2007 Toyota pickup when it rolled multiple times after failing to negotiate a curve at 50 to 60 mph. Davis suffered minor injuries and stayed at the remote site because he was unfamiliar with the area.
PISTOL-WHIPPING OUTSIDE BAR
Two off-duty LAPD officers held in assault on bystander
Two off-duty Los Angeles police officers were arrested after a man was pistol-whipped during a confrontation, authorities said Wednesday.
Whittier police said officers Brandon Valdez, 29, and Patrick Fitzgerald, 38, were booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon Tuesday night after the off-duty incident. They were released on $30,000 bail each.
Lt. Carlos Solorza said the officers had been drinking and were outside a cafe when one began arguing with his girlfriend.
Officer Mike Dekowski said Valdez then turned on a bystander, punched him in the face and pistol-whipped him.
He said the 31-year-old man was treated for serious head injuries.