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November 18, 2018

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Metro seeks suspect in another violent crime against a Las Vegas senior

Not long after Metro Police announced arrests this afternoon in a series of violent carjackings against senior citizens, another victim was targeted at his residence near Rainbow and Charleston boulevards.

Though similar, today’s carjacking is not connected to the series, police said.

They are asking the public’s help to curb violence against elderly civilians, Clark County Deputy Chief Chris Jones said.

The most recent crime left an 87-year-old man with a broken collarbone, and without his wallet and 2014 silver Toyota Avalon, Jones said. A black man in his 20s who stands about 5 feet, 9 inches, is being sought, police said. He wore a brown pullover sweatshirt and light-colored pants.

The stolen Avalon is registered with Nevada plates 170ZGV, Jones said.

On Wednesday morning, a Metro commander also took to the public for help in bringing justice to a 78-year-old man who was “savagely” beat the previous night as he pulled up to grab dinner at a restaurant in the 2500 block of Fremont Street.

“This man provided no resistance and yet the suspects savagely beat him, took his car keys, took his cellphone and even after they retrieved all that, they went back and beat him some more,” Capt. Laz Chavez said.

A citizen tip Wednesday helped Metro find the victim’s 2001 Ford Taurus in a neighborhood near Charleston Boulevard and Fort Apache Road, police said.

Soon, investigators connected that carjacking to two other similar crimes against elderly victims in nearby shopping centers, police said.

“One of the carjackings was halted when a citizen, who observed a suspect steal the keys from the elderly victim, intervene and blocked the vehicle to prevent the suspect from driving away,” police said. The carless suspect then fled.

The probe landed four minors in handcuffs Wednesday, police said. Detectives continued searching for two additional suspects.

“Neither this department nor this community will tolerate these acts,” Deputy Chief Jones said, noting authorities will use all available resources, including technology, community tips and “good old fashion police work” to capture perpetrators. “Do not think for one moment that you can terrorize the public, especially the most vulnerable citizens in our community.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 702-828-4348, or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or online at crimestoppersofnv.com.crimestoppersofnv.com