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Police: Suspect arrested in ‘thrill killing’ of homeless man

Noah Green

Metro Police

Noah Green

Updated Monday, July 20, 2020 | 6:13 p.m.

A gunman went out in his neighborhood in search of a “thrill killing” last week, according to Metro Police.

He first shot and killed a sleeping homeless man, and two days later he targeted a man walking his dog, seriously wounding him, police announced today.

Noah Green, 21, recorded both random and unprovoked shootings on his cellphone so he could rewatch them, Lt. Ray Spencer said. “I’ve been a police officer for 22 years, I lead the homicide section, (and) the videos are absolutely disturbing.”

On July 13, a jogger spotted a man on the ground about 5:15 a.m. who had been shot near Pennwood Avenue and Decatur Boulevard, Spencer said.

The Clark County Coroner's Office identified him as Brent Michael Lloyd, 48, who died from a gunshot wound to the head.

The shooting was captured on grainy surveillance footage, and detectives quickly established the shooting was unprovoked, Spencer said. They began to canvas the neighborhood and found video of a possible suspect walking through a nearby apartment complex who took off his hooded sweatshirt, he said.

Late Wednesday, a man was walking his dog about 400 feet from where the first man was shot, when a gunman approached and shot him in the chest, Spencer said.

Investigators on Thursday connected both shootings and discovered the suspect lived in a nearby apartment complex, Spencer said. Undercover officers put Green under surveillance, he said.

On Friday, detectives moved in to question Green after he was spotted jaywalking, but he took off running, Spencer said. When officers caught up to him, they found a gun on him, which was inside a paper bag, Spencer said.

He was booked on counts of possession of a gun by a prohibited person and jaywalking while detectives established probable cause for the slaying and attempted killing, Spencer said and court records show. 

Detectives obtained a warrant to search his phone and found the videos of the shootings, Spencer said.

Green was being held at the Clark County Detention Center on one count each of murder and attempted murder, jail logs show.

Green was no stranger to Metro, said Spencer.

On May 9, 2018, Metro arrested the then 19-year-old Green on counts of misdemeanor assault and felony assault with a deadly weapon, Las Vegas Justice Court records show.

A female caller summoned police to her apartment in the 3800 block of Swenson Street because there were men armed with guns outside, trying to force their way in, and threatening her and her boyfriend.

The male victim alleged that he was followed home by the suspects after they jumped him, police said. 

Officers spotted three men in the area and took two into custody, while the third was able to escape, police said.

When the victims were shown pictures of two suspects, one was identified as one of the men who jumped the male victim, and the other, Green, was identified as having flashed a gun outside the apartment. 

A witness came forward with a video that purportedly showed Green chasing a woman and waving a gun “while yelling up towards a window,” police said. 

Asked if he’d been armed, Green told officers he was but that he’d tossed a replica gun in an empty lot of the complex. Investigators could not find the weapon to determine if it was real or fake, according to the report. 

The incident had begun as a feud between one of the victims and a relative of Green’s, police said.

The assault with a deadly weapon felony charge was tossed in court, and Green pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor assault charge, logs show. He was given a 180-day suspended jail sentence and ordered to stay away from the victims, complete community service, stay out of trouble for seven months, and to attend a class of impulse control counseling, which he did.

That case was closed that December.