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Las Vegas police on Wednesday arrested a county administrator in connection with the stabbing death of Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German, hours after visiting and searching the county official’s home, says the newspaper.
Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles has been taken into custody on suspicion of murder.
Earlier Wednesday, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department only confirmed in a statement to NPR that it was executing search warrants related to the weekend homicide on the 7200 block of Bronze Circle.
But the Review-Journal reported that law enforcement officers and police vehicles were spotted outside the home of Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles on Wednesday morning, and a section around the house was taped .
German, who was found dead stabbed outside his home on Saturday, had recently written a series of articles about Telles’ mismanagement of the public administrator’s office, including allegations of a hostile workplace, bullying and favoritism . Employees also said Telles had an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate.
Telles denied the allegations and targeted the German on social media. In a tweetTelles called one of the stories on his desk a “libel piece” and said he thought German was “crazy that I didn’t crawl into a hole and die.”
Such lost his re-election bid during the Democratic primary in June after German’s stories aired.
Police have not named Telles as a suspect in German’s death or revealed the motive for the murder.
Carlos Martinez de la Serna, program director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, said it was imperative that authorities shed light on what happened to the German.
“The police must carry out a prompt and transparent investigation into this murder and clearly determine the motive,” he added. said in a press release. “Whoever killed German should be held to account.”
The newspaper said German reported on crime and corruption among Las Vegas officials, casino industry executives and the mob during his 40-year career as a journalist in the resort town.
Review-Journal Editor Glenn Cook said German never told the paper’s management about his concerns about his safety and added that the paper was devastated by his death.
“He was the gold standard of the news industry. It’s hard to imagine what Las Vegas would look like today without his many years of lighting up dark places,” Cook said.