After visiting and searching the county official’s home, police in Las Vegas on Wednesday arrested in connection with the stabbing death of Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German, the newspaper reported. Robert Telles, the public administrator for Clark County, was detained on suspicion of murder.
In a statement to NPR, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department only confirmed earlier that it was carrying out search warrants connected to the weekend homicide on the 7200 block of Bronze Circle. However, the Review-Journal noted that on Wednesday morning, police officers and their vehicles were seen outside the home of Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles and that had been taped off a perimeter around the residence.
Newspaper reporters also saw a car in Telles’ driveway that matched the description of the red GMC. The suspect was driving, according to Yukon police. Later, the vehicle was towed. Telles allegedly mismanaged the public administrator’s office, and German, who was found dead with stab wounds outside his home on Saturday, had recently written some articles about it. These articles included claims of a hostile work environment, bullying, and favoritism.
Additionally, workers claimed Telles had an improper relationship with a subordinate. Telles denied the allegations and targeted German on social media. Telles claimed in one tweet that German was “mad that I haven’t crawled into a hole and died” and that one of the articles about his office was a “smear piece.” After German’s articles were published, Telles lost his bid for reelection during the Democratic primary in June.
Telles is not a suspect in German’s death, and police have not given the motive for the slaying. The Committee to Protect Journalists’ program director, Carlos Martinez de la Serna, emphasized the importance of the investigation into German’s case. In a statement, he demanded that police “conduct a swift and transparent investigation into this killing and determine the motive.”
“Whoever murdered German must be held accountable.”The newspaper claimed that during German’s 40-year journalism career in the resort city, he had written about crime and corruption among Las Vegas public officials, casino industry executives, and the mob. Glenn Cook, the executive editor of the Review-Journal, stated that German had never expressed any worries about his safety to the newspaper’s management.
He added that the publication was devastated by his passing. “He served as the industry’s gold standard for reporting. Without his many years of illuminating shadowy areas with brilliant light, it’s difficult to imagine what Las Vegas would look like today, “Cullen said.