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Ricardo Torres-Cortez

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Ricardo Torres-Cortez is a public safety reporter for the Las Vegas Sun. Though he was born in Mexico and lived in Texas, he considers the Las Vegas Valley home. He previously covered breaking news at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and started at the Sun after graduating from UNLV in December 2015.

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Police: Man pointed gun before officers opened fire
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Officers fatally shot a man Tuesday after he pointed a gun at them and threatened his father and sister at a central valley house, according to Metro Police. Steve Garcia, a four-time felon, died this morning at ...
Visiting basketball fan wins $1 million at Bally’s
Thursday, March 21, 2019
A basketball fan visiting Las Vegas for March Madness hit a jackpot of more than $1 million at Bally's this week, parent company Caesars Entertainment said today. Kenneth Snoots of ...
Las Vegas woman, 68, found slain in apartment
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
A slaying victim was found inside her Las Vegas apartment this week during a welfare check, Metro Police said today. The victim, whom police said suffered multiple cuts, was ...
Coroner: Man in police struggle died of meth intoxication
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
A man died from methamphetamine intoxication after struggling with Metro Police officers earlier this month, the Clark County Coroner’s Office said today. Paranoid schizophrenia and cardiovascular disease also ...
Police: Deaths in car might have been murder-suicide
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
A man and woman driving through the east valley this morning died in an apparent murder-suicide, according to Metro Police. Shiloh Delph, 23, shot the victim and ...
Police: Armed man chasing father in downtown neighborhood is shot by officers
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
An armed man who’d reportedly been chasing his father through a downtown Las Vegas neighborhood was shot by Metro Police officers when he pointed the gun at them. The Tuesday afternoon shooting left the suspect in critical condition ...
Students arrested, accused of making racially charged threats
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Two Arbor View High School students arrested today are accused of using Instagram to post violent, racially charged threats against black students ...
Man found dead in trunk was struck in head, authorities say
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
A body found earlier this month near a remote east valley highway was that of a slain man who was in the trunk of an abandoned vehicle, authorities said. Thomas Burchard, 71, died ...
4 injured in shooting at downtown Las Vegas casino
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Four people were injured, one critically, early Sunday morning in a shooting at a downtown Las Vegas casino ...
Slaying victim mourned in hopes of solving 2010 case
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Robert Waddell is one of about 1,000 victims whose slayings have gone unsolved in Clark County in the past 50 years. That means some of those killers are still able to roam freely. “They’ve taken someone’s life and they think they’re going to get away with it.”
Documents: Firm recommended removing Henderson police chief for policy violations
Saturday, March 16, 2019
An independent firm this week recommended officials oust Henderson Police Department Chief LaTesha Watson for violating policies and because of her ...
Bernie Sanders tells Nevada audience, 'We are going to bring our people together'
Saturday, March 16, 2019
He also attacked President Donald Trump, saying the president “wants to divide us up by the color of our skin, our country of origin, our gender, our religion and our sexual orientation. We are going to do exactly ...
Las Vegas Strip shootout leaves officer injured; casino robbery suspect dead
Friday, March 15, 2019
A bulletproof vest likely saved the life of a Metro Police officer who was shot in the chest by an armed suspect outside the busy Bellagio casino on Friday night, officials said ...
Slaying suspect, 14, says he didn't fire on victim
Friday, March 15, 2019
The newly minted gang member, a 14-year-old boy, was in a pickup truck with suspects only known to police as “Vago” and “Corta.”
Suspect arrested after North Las Vegas fistfight leaves homeless man dead
Friday, March 15, 2019
A fistfight in North Las Vegas early Friday morning left one homeless man dead and another facing a murder charge ...
Metro: Cop's misconduct included use of racial epithet, filming suspect's genitalia
Friday, March 15, 2019
In videos found on her personal cellphone, a Metro Police officer made a mentally ill man dance for her, taunted a handcuffed man as an officer force-fed him gummy bears, and used ...
Metro increases patrols at mosques after New Zealand shootings
Friday, March 15, 2019
In the aftermath of the massacre at two mosques in New Zealand, Metro Police on Thursday reached out to the eight mosques within the jurisdiction and increased patrols during prayer hours ...
Henderson police chief Watson on dismissal: 'You don’t treat people this way'
Friday, March 15, 2019
Agree to step down amicably, forfeiting claims against the city of Henderson while not disparaging its reputation, or be terminated with cause. Those were the options ...
Student accused of threatening violence at high school
Thursday, March 14, 2019
A Desert Oasis High School student was jailed today after he was accused of threatening violence against other students and staff, according to the Clark County School District Police Department. There was no imminent danger on ...
Henderson police chief placed on leave for undisclosed reason
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Henderson Police Chief LaTesha Watson has been placed on administrative leave for an undisclosed reason, city officials said today. Watson will remain on ...
Man arrested in killing of Las Vegas woman in Milwaukee; toddler missing
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Milwaukee police announced they arrested a fugitive wanted in the slaying of a Las Vegas woman in that city, but the victim’s and his 2-year-old daughter ...
Police: Suspect in fatal Las Vegas DUI failed sobriety tests
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
A motorist who plowed his sports car into a bus stop, hitting three people and killing one of them, was believed to be high on marijuana, according to Metro Police.
Two casino security guards injured in stabbing
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Two security guards at the Westgate Las Vegas suffered minor stab wounds this morning in an altercation with two people, Metro Police said. Metro was summoned about ...
Clark County gets $1.2 million to fight gang violence
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Clark County is getting a $1.2 million grant to combat gang violence, specifically targeting MS-13, a transnational ...
Victim alerted police to home invasion before knife attack
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Before she was beaten and stabbed, the victim was able to call 911 to say that a man was breaking into her northwest valley apartment. The victim was hospitalized in ...
Woman attacked, robbed by 3 men outside east valley home
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
A victim arriving at her east valley home earlier this month was robbed and attacked by three men who also tried to sexually assault her ...
Pedestrian struck and killed by pickup in North Las Vegas
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
A pedestrian was fatally injured Tuesday morning when he was run down by a pickup truck on a North Las Vegas roadway ...
Metro: Officer suspected of giving police information to unauthorized people
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
A Metro Police officer is suspected of providing official information to unauthorized citizens and illegally recording interactions with citizens ...
Police: Las Vegas teacher in porn case had photos of own child
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
An elementary school teacher has been arrested on child pornography counts after he digitalized photos that depicted his child naked and in poses deemed sexual by investigators, according to a ...
Man held in slaying, home invasion at northwest valley apartments
Monday, March 11, 2019
A man is accused of killing his roommate and critically injuring his upstairs neighbor in a northwest valley apartment complex ...
Former lawmaker Atkinson pleads guilty to wire fraud
Monday, March 11, 2019
Former state Senate Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson has pleaded guilty to wire fraud after admitting to misusing about $250,000 in campaign funds to open a nightclub and lease a luxury SUV, among other personal expenses, federal authorities said this morning. Atkinson, a Democrat from Clark County, resigned ...
Father, son accused in slaying during robbery at victim's residence
Saturday, March 9, 2019
A man, his son, and a third perpetrator showed up to a Las Vegas house on New Year’s Eve intending to ...
Teen critically injured in Henderson auto-pedestrian accident
Friday, March 8, 2019
An auto-pedestrian accident this afternoon left a teen with life-threatening injuries, Henderson Police said. The crash occurred about 2:45 p.m. in the 2100 block of Olympic Avenue, near ...
Man faces reckless driving count in fatal Boulder City crash
Friday, March 8, 2019
A driver involved in a fatal crash on a Boulder City highway on Thursday has been jailed on a count of reckless driving resulting in death, according to ...
Police: Medical condition may have led to man's in-custody death
Thursday, March 7, 2019
After handing them a steak knife from his pocket, a man, who died early Sunday shortly after he struggled with police officers, told them he was paranoid schizophrenic ...
Motorist killed in wreck in Boulder City
Thursday, March 7, 2019
A driver witnesses say was speeding on a Boulder City highway this morning is expected to face a reckless driving count after crashing into a pickup truck, killing ...
Police investigating after body found along remote highway
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Metro Police homicide detectives are investigating after a body was found this morning along a remote highway near Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Police responded about ...
Falsely accused Las Vegas man works to rebuild his life after painful ordeal
Thursday, March 7, 2019
An online search for Jesus Carvajal immediately yields news articles that identify him as a suspect in sexual assaults in which the perpetrator posed as a cop in downtown Las Vegas. His mug shot is plastered on a Google image search page. That’s what his family, friends and prospective employers see. It’s what he sees every day. It reminds him of last year when ...
Drivers urged to slow down, move over for emergency vehicles
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
In less than a month, motorists crashed into five Nevada Highway Patrol cruisers, prompting officials to call for drivers to be cautious. The incidents, which occurred between Feb. 10 and today, left troopers who ...
NLV Police: Missing baby dropped off at high school, in 'good health'
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
North Las Vegas Police say they are searching for a missing baby last seen Tuesday afternoon with a babysitter. The 6-month-old boy’s mother told investigators she ...
Suspect who rammed officer's vehicle gets 7 years in prison
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
A felon who slammed into a law enforcement vehicle with his BMW when authorities showed up at his south valley house will serve more than seven years in prison ...
Police in Henderson search for suspect in bank robbery
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Henderson Police are searching for a man they said robbed a local Chase Bank this morning. The suspected robber ...
Motorist crashes into school bus after reported shooting
Friday, March 1, 2019
A motorist who reported that someone was shooting at him bumped into an occupied school bus today near Valley High School, Metro Police said. Nobody was injured in the shooting or ...
Police: Driver smashes into south valley tavern
Friday, March 1, 2019
A driver plowed into a south valley tavern Thursday night, injuring a bystander who was hit by debris, according to Metro Police. The bystander went to a hospital and was expected ...
Man dead, teen arrested after east valley shooting
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019
A man was killed and a teen arrested in a shooting Tuesday night that stemmed from an apparent robbery, according to Metro Police. Gunshots were fired about 10:30 p.m. near ...
Several arrested in wave of Chinatown car burglaries
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019
Metro Police on Wednesday said they dismantled two criminal groups accused of targeting tourists in vehicle burglaries in Spring Valley ...
Police: Mom accused in toddler's death says she did it because 'she could'
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019
When the door of a bedroom at a south valley house was kicked in, a toddler’s body was spotted on a twin-size bed. The boy’s mother, who was critically injured, lay beside him ...
Police: Cellphone video caught fatal stabbing at NLV house party
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019
Attendees of a North Las Vegas house show could only tell detectives that a fight had broken out in the backyard and that it had spilled onto the street ...
Power outage closes Silverton restaurants; casino stays open
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019
Parts of the Silverton were expected to be without power until late tonight, the resort announced this afternoon. The outage was affecting bars and restaurants, which were closed for ...
Police: Mom faces murder count in knife death of toddler
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019
Metro Police today identified a woman they allege killed her 2-year-old son this week before turning a knife on herself. Cristina Moya, 21, who was hospitalized at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center with serious injuries, was booked in

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