Body found in motel room victim of homicide, police say

A decomposed body was found at a downtown motel Wednesday afternoon in what investigators are calling a homicide, Las Vegas police said.

Homicide Lt. Lew Roberts said police were called to the Star Motel at 1418 S. Third St., near Main Street and Imperial Avenue, about 12:45 p.m.

Roberts said detectives found what is believed to be a male dead in the room, most likely for several days. The body was so badly decomposed that detectives were having troubling discerning the victim’s race.

Roberts said it was too early to determine a motive and police have no suspects. Roberts was unsure how the victim was killed.

Anyone with information regarding the slaying is urged to call Las Vegas police’s Homicide Section at 828-3521 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.


Case against man accused in real estate scheme dismissed

The case against a man accused of swindling elderly residents in a real estate investment scheme was dismissed Wednesday after he paid more than $300,000 to the victims, authorities said.

Jamal Eljwaidi paid back a total of $338,306 to two victims in the case and, as part of an agreement with prosecutors, felony charges of elder exploitation were dismissed, according to the state attorney general’s office.

Eljwaidi, who authorities said also uses the alias Jean Marc, was first charged based on allegations that he defrauded local residents of at least $600,000, including about $400,000 from one Las Vegas resident with diminished mental capacity.

Investigators accused Eljwaidi of a fraud scheme that offered high-interest payments for investments in his projects, including a shopping center next to his offices at 8820 Russell Road, near the Las Vegas Beltway.


21-year-old man convicted in 2008 shooting death

The first of two defendants to be tried in the February 2008 shooting death of a Mohave Valley, Ariz., man was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder.

The Mohave County Superior Court jury deliberated a little more than 2½ hours before finding Jorge Guerrero, 21, of Bullhead City, guilty in the murder of Jaime Banuelos, 32.

Prosecutor Ken Skousen alleged Banuelos was killed because of a drug debt and an erroneous suspicion that he had impregnated one of Guerrero’s associates. Skousen said Banuelos was shot three times and left for dead in a remote area in Bullhead City.

Guerrero faces a sentence of 25 years to life in prison when sentenced May 19. Co-defendant Santiago Fidel Sanchez, 24, of Bullhead City, who is serving a 38-year prison term in a drive-by shooting, awaits trial in the Banuelos killing.


Deal to buy Crazy Horse Too contingent upon new licenses

A buyer has been found for the Crazy Horse Too topless club, provided the business can get its licenses back.

A contract filed in federal court Wednesday identified CC Holdings LLC as the potential buyer with the purchase price of $10.5 million. State records identify Christopher Condotti of Chicago as the manager of the LLC.

The U.S. Marshals Service owns the club. The club’s former owner, Rick Rizzolo, pleaded guilty to tax evasion and was supposed to sell the club to satisfy judgments and fines. When he didn’t, the federal government seized the club and began looking for buyers.

The sale is contingent upon the club being granted several licenses, including a special-use zoning permit, a liquor license, a sexually oriented business license, a tobacco license and a retail sales license. The deadline for getting those is Nov. 30.

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