Las Vegas official arrested for journalist’s stabbing — Analysis

After a SWAT raid at his house, the Democrat County Administrator was taken into custody

An unidentified Democratic administrator was arrested in Las Vegas for fatally stabbing a journalist. The reporter had previously published criticisms of the victim before his death last week. 

The Associated Press reports that Robert Telles, Clark County Public Administrator, was taken into police custody Wednesday. This is part of a criminal investigation into Jeff German’s murder. A police SWAT team descended on Telles’ home and served a search warrant before his arrest, confiscating multiple vehicles as part of the investigation. 

“We are relieved Robert Telles is in custody and outraged that a colleague appears to have been killed for reporting on an elected official,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s executive editor, Glenn Cook, said in a statement.

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German wrote several reports before his assassination last Friday. “complaints of administrative bullying”And “favoritism” in Telles’ office, as well as a romantic relationship he allegedly had with a “subordinate staffer.” Some of the critical articles were published in the run-up to Telles’ June primary race, which he ultimately lost to Assistant Public Administrator Rita Reid. He will be out of office at the end. 

Telles, who was initially elected to the administrator position in 2018, took to Twitter to complain about German’s reporting in June, saying the journalist was a bully who was “obsessed”Together.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, German was working on a follow-up story about Telles and had recently filed public information requests for the official’s communications around the time of his murder. On Saturday, his body was found near his house. The Clark County coroner declared his death to be homicide. “multiple sharp force injuries.”

Telles’ office did not respond to requests for comment from the AP, and the outlet noted it was not clear whether Telles had retained an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

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