A public official who was the focus of a story written by slain Las Vegas investigative reporter Jeff German was arrested in the case on Wednesday on suspicion of murder, according to a report.
Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles was taken into custody after authorities ransacked his home for hours the previous Wednesday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, citing Las Vegas police Sheriff Joe Lombardo.
Prior to his arrest, Telles was questioned by the police during a search. When he returned to his home Wednesday night, he refused to answer questions from reporters as he went inside, according to the video posted to Twitter by Review-Journal reporter Brett Clarkson.
Soon after, at around 6pm, his house was surrounded by police officers in tactical gear while he remained inside, according to the Review-Journal, where the Germans worked before he was killed on Friday. News outlets reported 30 minutes later Telles was pushed out on a stretcher and dumped into an ambulance.
Telles lost the Democratic primary in June, in part, because of a German investigative story about his behavior in office, the report said. Some of the allegations against Telles included “emotional distress, intimidation, and favoritism,” according to the outlet.
German is also reportedly working on a possible follow-up to Telles before he was stabbed to death.
Telles tweeted several times about the reporter and his article, writing on June 18 twitter post: “Waiting for smear piece #4 lies by @JGermanRJ. #onetrickpony I think he’s mad that I didn’t crawl into the hole and die.”
Police initially showed up at Telles’ home at around 6:30 a.m. local time and said hours later they issued a search warrant related to the murder.
German, 69, was found dead Saturday morning – a day after he was stabbed in an altercation, police said.
The venerable reporter, who has exposed political corruption in the area for decades, did not communicate with his boss at the Las Vegas Review-Journal that there was a threat against him or that he feared for his safety before his death, the paper’s executive editor. said Sunday.
German died of “multiple sharp object injuries,” said the Clark County Medical/Coronary Examiner’s Office.