On July 1, 2015 at about 9:30 p.m. Sparks Police officers responded to an apartment at 4005 Moorpark Court on the report of a disturbance.
While officers were responding, information was gained that a male suspect had been at the apartment in violation of an Extended Protection Order, and had taken a child from the residence. That suspect is identified as Jose Olivarez-Cruz, a 26 year old Sparks resident.
Olivarez-Cruz had gone to the apartment in an attempt to pick up children that he has in common with the female resident. The woman, whose name is being withheld, did not believe the Olivarez-Cruz was in a condition to care for the children so she told Olivarez-Cruz to leave. Instead he forced his way into the apartment, causing damage in the process. A struggle ensued and the male took some keys from the woman and as he did so, she suffered a cut to her hand. Olivarez-Cruz took one o the couple's two children from the residence and put him in a car. When he returned to take the second child, the woman was able to secure the door so Olivarez-Cruz could not enter. He then left the scene.
From previous contacts, officers had information about Olivarez-Cruz's possible residence address, which is in the 2200 block of Greenbrae Drive. Officer's made contact with Olivarez-Cruz there and obtained his version of events. Officers determined that there was probable cause to arrest Olivarez-Cruz, and he was taken into custody. The child was located on scene and was not harmed.
The extended protection order specified that Olivarez-Cruz could see the children but only on specified days. Because last night was not a day he was allowed to see the children, he was charged with Kidnapping. Further, he was charged with Home Invasion, Domestic Battery, and Violation of an Extended Protection Order. He is currently being held without bail.
Unfortunately, no Sparks Police personnel are available for an on-camera interview regarding this incident. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.
The Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit (RSONU) is informing the general public of informational matters related to a Tier III (High Risk) Sex Offender.
Mr. Gary Wayne Phillips, age 62, has been assessed as a Tier III Sex Offender by the State of Nevada Sex Offender Registry. The RSONU has been notified that he will be residing along the river behind the Aces Ballpark. Mr. Phillips is currently unemployed.
Mr. Phillips is in compliance with all Sex Offender laws, and is not wanted by law enforcement.
Mr. Phillips is currently being supervised by the State of Nevada, Department of Public Safety, Division of Parole and Probation. You may contact them at 775-684-2300 for more information.
Additional information on this offender, in addition to other moderate and high risk offenders in the State of Nevada, is available at:
Anyone with questions about this offender can call the RSONU at 775-353-2244, Monday through Friday, 7am-5pm.
Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders will NOT be tolerated. Any threats, intimidation or harassment against the offender is unlawful, and could subject the individual engaging in such an act to criminal prosecution, in addition to possible civil liability.
The RSONU is a collaborative effort between law enforcement in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County, to monitor and enforce the requirements set forth in the Nevada Revised Statutes for Registered Sex Offenders.
Serious Crashes Increase Around 4th of July Holiday
The Sparks Police Department along with other Nevada Law Enforcement Agencies Proactive in Battling Statistics
Sparks, NV – Every year, the Independence Holiday brings an increase of alcohol consumption resulting in increased serious injuries and fatalities. In order to combat this, Sparks Police Department is working with various law enforcement agency partners through the Joining Forces Program to boost enforcement efforts to address impaired driving and riding offenses. Throughout the month of July, officers will be looking for impaired motorists and motorcyclists in hopes to discourage the behavior and to send a strong message about the consequences that accompany drinking and driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) reports that Nevada has seen an increase in fatalities of 4% compared to the same time last year. If the State mirrors the 2014 trend, approximately one-third of fatalities this year will involve alcohol.
To help achieve the State’s Zero Fatalities goal, Nevada drivers and riders are encouraged to use the following guidelines:
· Before drinking, designate a sober driver.
· If impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
· If you see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact 911.
· If someone is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements.
Statistics and other related information are available online at http://ZeroFatalitiesNV.com/sober.
The Sparks Police Department would like to thank the State of Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety for the grant that makes Joining Forces a possibility.
FLOODING IN EAST SPARKS ON SPARKS / VISTA/ BARING / SPRINGLAND /PRATER STAY OUT OT THE AREAS
On June 29, 2015 at about 3 p.m., Sparks Police, Sparks Fire and REMSA personnel responded to a report of a traffic accident at the Jackson's Food Mart, 2095 Brierly Way in Sparks.
When personnel arrived they learned that a small grey Hyundai sedan had entered the parking lot of the business, driven around the back of the business and struck at least two cars, continued around toward the front of the business and struck on of the support posts for the large awning that covers the area of the gas pumps at the business.The gas pumps were not struck. The Hyundai was driven by 55 year old Sparks resident Lisa Fortin.
Two patients including Fortin, were transported to local hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Some witnesses did report that the Hyundai was traveling at a high rate of speed. That possibility, along with the possibility that a medical condition or alcohol may have been a contributing factor were all being initially investigated. As the investigation progressed Fortin was believed to be under the influence of alcohol. She was issued a citation for DUI with a court date to appear at Sparks Municipal Court. Fortin was issued a citation in lieu of being booked because she was receiving continuing medical treatment for injuries suffered in the accident.
At Pyramid and Delores the roadway is down to a crawl due to an accident. Please advise the public to take an alternate route if possible.
On June 3, 2015, an unidentified black male adult made three separate transactions using stolen credit card information. The suspect made purchases at the Kmart located at 2125 Oddie Blvd, Walgreen’s located at 2299 Oddie Blvd, and at an unidentified 7-11. All transactions occurred within hours of each other.
The victim resides in another state and had her personal credit card in her possession at the time the suspect presumably used a counterfeit credit card containing her credit card number.
The total loss amounted to over $600.00. Anyone with information as to the identity of the suspect depicted in the surveillance photos provided by Walgreens is asked to contact Secret Witness or the Sparks Police Department.
On 6/21/15 @ approximately 0215 hours officers of the Reno Police Department responded to the 400 Block of North Sierra for a call for service. A citizen had reported that a subject had placed a handgun to another subjects head and threatened to kill him. A description was given and three Reno Police Officers located the suspect on the 4th floor of the Silver Legacy's parking garage. The police officers ordered the suspect to lay on the floor. Instead of complying with the officers orders, the suspect pulled a concealed handgun from under his shirt and waistband area. The suspect then pointed the handgun at the officers. The three officers saw that there was an immediate threat to themselves and other citizens that were in the area and fired upon the suspect striking him several times stopping the threat.
The suspect was given immediate medical attention and was transported to the Renown Medical Center. The suspect was taken into surgery and has survived his wounds. The suspect is now in the Intensive Care Unit at Renown and is in stable condition. The suspect is under arrest and under police guard. Upon his release form Renown, Richardson will be booked on the listed charges at the Washoe County Jail. The suspect has been identified as Arthur Dell Richardson Jr. The officers involved received no injuries.
Per the Officer Involved Protocol, the Sparks Police Department and the Washoe County Sheriff's Office will be investigating the incident with SPD being the lead agency.
The following is the list of Richardson's charges:
Aiming a Firearm at a Human Being
Assault with a Deadly Weapon on Police Officer
Carrying a Concealed Weapon
Ex-Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Obstructing and Resisting a Police Officer with a Firearm
Richardson is a convicted felon which by law prohibits him from owning or possessing a firearm. There is clear video evidence of the entire incident. The video is not being released at this time. I will be holding a press conference tomorrow Tuesday 6/23/15 at 11am on the front steps of the Sparks Police Department.
Right now all officers involved in the case are busy with the investigation. This is all of the information available at this time.
The Sparks Police Department is currently working a Kidnapping, False Imprisonment. Priscilla Leyva and her estranged boyfriend and father of her 7mo. child were involved in a domestic disturbance earlier this evening in the 1600 block of Merchant. The couple were seen leaving in Leyva's faded black Mitsubishi Galant, with NV license plate 876-AWA.
A short time later, Leyva's family received a phone call from Leyva. Leyva indicated Torres would not let her go and that he had a gun. No contact has been made with Leyva since that phone call and her whereabouts are unknown. It is believed that Leyva's child is also in the vehicle.
A photograph of Leyva and her child are attached to this release. Leyva was last seen wearing a grey sweater and jeans, with her hair in a ponytail. The child was last seen in an orange outfit.
Torres' photo is also attached.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sparks Police Department at 353-2231 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
Please contact the graveyard supervisor on the Sparks Police Department media phone for further media inquires.
The Sparks Police Department continues to investigate robberies that have occurred at several local convenience stores. In the first robbery, a white or Hispanic male entered the 7-11 at 600 15th St. on 4/25/15 and brandished a weapon.
On 5/12/15 at 2330 hours a white male adult entered the Kwik Mart at 2191 Pyramid Way and brandished a weapon at the clerk.
On 5/21/15 at approx 2330 hours, a black male adult entered the Kwik Mart and brandished a weapon at the clerk. A possible suspect vehicle is described as a dark colored mid-size SUV.
Anyone with information on these robberies is asked to contact Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900 or the Sparks Police Department at (775) 353-2225.
Please see the attached photos and descriptions.
On May 28th Robert Ramirez was ordered to appear in court in response to a summons he was served by the Sparks Police Department. The summons was for a 2005 Homicide where the victim, Charlotte Szczepkowski, was found murdered in her home within the 300 block of View St. It was found that there was sufficient reason to hold Ramirez on the charge of murder and he was booked into the Washoe County Jail. There will be no further comment at this time as there is further investigation needed for prosecution of this case.
VISTA BLVD AT MT MCKINLEY IS DOWN TO ONE LANE OF TRAFFIC NORTHBOUND FOR A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLLOVER.
The Sparks Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying two men involved in a theft from a vehicle at the Western Village this morning.
The victim left a large orange backpack in the bed of a pick-up truck parked in the handicap parking area on north side of the Western Village. Surveillance cameras captured two men exit the north doors and walk through the parking lot. One man entered a white or light colored older model SUV consistent with a Nissan Pathfinder parked in the lot. The second man walked to the victim’s vehicle, removed the backpack and then entered the SUV with the property.
The value of the loss is estimated to be $950 worth of camping equipment.
Anyone with information as to the identity of the men depicted in the surveillance video is asked to call the Sparks Police Department or Secret Witness.
Sparks Police Officers Remind Residents to “Slow Down”
In an effort to save lives, Sparks Police Department, in cooperation with several other local law enforcement agencies, is reminding motorists to s-l-o-w d-o-w-n. As part of Joining Forces, a statewide law enforcement program, law enforcement agencies throughout Nevada will be working overtime through June 21, 2015, enforcing speed limit laws.
“Leave with plenty of time and arrive safely”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speed was a factor in almost a third of passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2013. In addition, most of these crashes occurred during night-time hours, specifically between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Most motorists, however, do not believe speeding is as risky as other behaviors, but according to NHTSA, the consequences of driving too fast include:
· Greater potential for loss of vehicle control
· Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection equipment
· Increased stopping distance when the driver perceives a danger
· Increased degree of crash severity leading to more debilitating injuries
· Unexpected economic and psychological implications of a speed-related crash
The Sparks Police Department would like to thank the State of Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety for the grant that makes Joining Forces a possibility.
The Sparks Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying the woman depicted in the attached photo. On May 13, 2015, a black female adult entered the Safeway store located at 2858 Vista Blvd. and made two transactions with the use of a stolen debit card number. The amount of loss is valued at more than $400.
The suspect is described as about 20-30 years of age, five foot four to five foot seven with long black hair in dreadlocks. The suspect was wearing black pants and a zebra-striped shirt. An unidentified tattoo appears across her chest above the neckline of her shirt.
Anyone who may have information as to the identity of the suspect is asked to Sparks Police Department at 353-2231 or to call Secret Witness.
On May 25, 2015 at 0245 hours Sparks Police Officers responded to a call for service at the 7-11 convenience store located at 425 Greenbrae Drive reference a suspicious older model blue passenger car that had driven by the store several times in a short time period. The clerk was concerned of a possible robbery due to recent convenience store robberies throughout the Truckee Meadows. Officers responding to the location observed an older blue passenger car one block from the store that had fictitious vehicle registration.
Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle and it immediately fled from patrol cars at a high rate of speed westbound on Prater Way. The suspect vehicle made a right turn onto 15th Street and struck a curb in the process causing a flat tire. The vehicle was parked in a nearby alley and the suspect fled from the vehicle on foot. The driver was not located during a search of the general area; however, officers were able to positively identify the driver of the vehicle as 26 year old Sparks resident Stephen Christie.
On May 26, 2015 officers identified a possible address in the 300 block of M Street where Christie was staying. Surveillance was conducted and Christie was observed leaving the area and was taken into custody without incident. Christie was booked into Washoe County jail on a felony charge of eluding a peace officer and miscellaneous misdemeanor charges.
Christie was also booked on a previous Sparks Police case (15-3746) for his involvement in an incident in the same neighborhood described above that involved the theft of a motor vehicle. The vehicle was occupied by a teenage female who was waiting for her father to drive her to school. The female and the vehicle were recovered approximately one minute later without injury. Christie was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Grand Theft Auto for his involvement in that incident.
A recent booking photo of Christie is attached. No other suspects are outstanding in either case.
On 4-16-15, SPD Detectives initiated an investigation into the report of multiple allegations of sexual abuse allegedly committed by Christopher Lowry. The investigation lead to the arrest of Mr. Lowry for mutiple counts of Sexual Assault on a Child Under the Age of 14, multiple counts of Sexual Assault on a Child Under 16 and Attempted Sexual Assault on a Child Under 14. The crimes occurred over the last ten years at several locations in Washoe County. Mr. Lowry was arrested without incident and booked at 911 Parr Blvd.
On May 21st, 2015 at approximately 2327 hours officers with the Sparks Police Department responded to the report of an Armed Robbery at 2191 Pyramid Way. Once on scene officers learned that a black male adult, 5-08, 160-180 lbs, wearing a green camouflage jacket, black beanie, blue jeans, and a blue T-shirt over his face, held a gun to the clerk and demanded money. The suspect took an undetermined amount of money and went out the front doors of the business. As the suspect fled he fired a round from the handgun into the air.
See attached pictures of the suspect.
There is no further information to be released.
Please contact the Sparks Police Department or Secret Witness with any information.
On May 18, 2015 at approximately 11:30 p.m. Sparks Police officers responded to 1800 Sullivan Lane in the area of apartment 96 on a reported stabbing.
In the initial calls to 911, people reported a fight outside the apartment. When officers arrived they found the victim, Mario Nava-Carrillo, suffering from an apparent stab wound to one of his hands.
As officers investigated the incident, they learned that the argument appeared to be between a brother and sister. According to preliminary information the suspect, identified as Cindy Nava-Carrillo, and her brother were in an argument which escalated into a stabbing. Following the stabbing, Cindy Nava-Carrillo fled the area. Mario Carrillo-Nava was taken to Renown Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Officers have not been able to locate the suspect as of the time of this release.
Alcohol is a possible factor in the argument, and the investigation is ongoing. Unfortunately, no personnel are available for on-camera interviews at this time.
On May 18, 2015 at about 3:10 p.m.. Sparks Police officers responded to what was originally broadcast as an attempted kidnapping in the area of Los Altos Parkway and Canyon Run Drive.
The victim in this case was walking home from school after being dropped off by a school bus when she noticed a vehicle driving in her area. She noticed the vehicle because it made several passes through the area the victim was in. The vehicle is described as a 1990s model Chevy or GMC truck, dark gold in color.
The driver of the vehicle eventually parked some distance away and got out of his truck, but in between the victim and her path home. The victim ran past the area where the suspect was standing, got home and called police. We do not have an indication at this time that the suspect said anything to the victim or attempted to force the victim to get into his truck. However, the investigation is ongoing.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, in his 20s, about 5'5" tall with a thin build, with spiked hair and a mustache.
Anyone who may have witnessed this event, or who has more information, may contact Sparks Police detectives at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.