An officer who was at the center of the stories of slain Las Vegas investigative reporter Jeff German was arrested on suspicion of murder in the case, according to a report Wednesday.
Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles was taken into custody after authorities searched his home for hours earlier Wednesday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, citing Las Vegas Police Sheriff Joe Lombardo.
Prior to his arrest, Telles was questioned by police during the search. According to video, when he returned home Wednesday night, he refused to answer reporters’ questions as he walked inside posted on Twitter by Review Journal reporter Brett Clarkson.
Shortly after, around 6 p.m., his home was surrounded by police officers in tactical gear while he remained inside, where German worked before he was killed on Friday, according to the Review-Journal. The news outlet reported that Telles was wheeled out on a gurney 30 minutes later and thrown into an ambulance.
Telles lost a Democratic primary in June, in part due to German’s investigative stories about his conduct in office, the report said. Some of the allegations against Telles included “emotional distress, bullying and favoritism,” according to the outlet.
German was also reportedly working on a possible follow-up story about Telles before he was stabbed.
Telles has repeatedly tweeted about the reporter and his articles, writing on March 18: Twitter post: “I look forward to Libel Defamation #4 by @JGermanRJ. #onetrickpony I think he’s mad I didn’t crawl into a hole and die.”
Police originally showed up at Telle’s home around 6:30 a.m. local time and said hours later that they were serving search warrants related to the murder.
The 69-year-old German was found dead on Saturday morning – a day after he was stabbed during an altercation, police said.
The esteemed reporter, who for decades exposed political corruption in the area, did not tell his bosses at the Las Vegas Review-Journal that there were any threats against him or that he was concerned for his safety before his death, the newspaper’s editor-in-chief said Sunday.
German died from “multiple sharp injuries,” the Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner said.
https://nypost.com/2022/09/07/robert-telles-arrested-in-connection-to-jeff-german-homicide/ Robert Telles arrested in connection with Jeff German’s murder