On 1/19/15 at approximately 0637 hours Sparks Police Department dispatch received a call reporting a traffic crash involving a vehicle vs. a pedestrian in the area of El Rancho and G St. When officers arrived on scene, they located the involved vehicle, a GMC pickup stopped in the road way. A female victim, whose name is not being released, was also located on El Rancho. Remsa medics arrived on scene and pronounced the victim deceased.
Officers learned the victim was crossing El Rancho, using a designated pedestrian crossing zone, when she was struck by the vehicle.
The driver, later identified as Adolfo Meza-Gomez, a Reno resident, was on scene and is cooperating with the investigation. No charges have been filed at this time and the investigation is ongoing.
At this time, there is no evidence of drug or alcohol being involved.
Anyone with any information regarding this accident is asked to contact Sparks Police Traffic Division at 775-353-2432.
EL RANCHO BL IS NOW OPEN FOR NORMAL TRAFFIC.
UPDATE ** EL RANCHO FROM PRATER TO G ST WILL BE CLOSED DUE TO A VEHICLE ACCIDENT. PLEASE AVOID THE AREA AND CHANGE YOUR TRAVEL PLANS AS NECESSARY. IT IS UNKNOWN HOW LONG THE INTERSECTION WILL BE CLOSED AT THIS TIME.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE IN THIS MATTER.
As a reminder, the Sparks Police Department in conjunction with the Reno Police Department, will be holding an evidence property viewing on Tuesday January 20th and Wednesday ,January 21st, at the Sparks Police Department located at 1701 E. Prater Way in Sparks. All the property in this viewing was collected as evidence from a series of burglaries throughout the Reno/Sparks area last fall. Only property reported stolen before November 28th will be included in this viewing. Residents who have been the victim of a residential, vehicle, or commercial burglary during that time are welcome to view the property. ALL VICTIMS OF A BURGLARY MUST HAVE A COPY OF THEIR POLICE REPORT FROM SPARKS POLICE, RENO POLICE, OR THE WASHOE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE. The Sparks Police Department will NOT have the ability to obtain a copy of a police report from other agencies. The hours of the property viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Persons wishing to view the property should check in at the front desk of the Sparks Police Department. Please contact the Sparks Police Department Crime Suppression Unit or the Reno Police Department Crime Suppression Team if you have any questions. Thank you.
On January 15, 2015 at about 5:30 p.m. Sparks Police and Fire personnel responded to a reported roll-over accident at Prater Way and Ninth St.
The vehicle appears to have been traveling east bound on Prater Way and for unknown reasons went out of control. The vehicle struck the curb of a median and rolled over, destroying several trees in the process. When officers arrived, the vehicle was on its roof and the driver was still inside complaining of pain in one arm.
Once crews were able to get the driver out of the vehicle he was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The driver is identified as Rafael Perez-Vasquez, age 25. His city of residence is not known.
The eastbound lanes of Prater Way were closed for about an hour while crews worked to clear the vehicle and debris from the roadway.
At this time, alcohol does not not appear to be a factor. Officers are continuing to investigate other possibilities including excessive speed and that investigation is ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Sparks Police traffic section at 353-2432.
On January 14, 2014 Sparks Police Detectives arrested Travis Brooks, a 19 year old Sparks resident on multiple charges stemming from a December 25, 2014 incident.
On December 25, 2014 a female victim came to the Sparks Police Department and reported that she had been living at an apartment in the 1800 block of El Rancho Drive, and may have been the victim of a sex crime. Through the course of the investigation detectives learned that the male victim in this case was contacted by Brooks and lured to the apartment under false pretenses. When the male arrived, Brooks forced the male and female to complete a sex act under the threats of physical harm. When the sex act was complete, Brooks would not allow one of the victims to leave the apartment.
Brooks was booked for two counts of sexual assault, one count kidnapping, one count of luring a mentally disabled person, and one count of coercion. He is currently being held without bail.
At this time, we regret that no Sparks Police Department personnel are available for an on-camera interview. Thank you for your understanding.
Type of Incident: Robbery-Car Jacking
Date and Time of Incident: 01/10/15 0755
Location: 1701 Victorian
Suspect: see below
On 1/10/15 at 0755 hours a female was getting gas 1701 Victorian. A black male got into the victim's vehicle, a green Ford Explorer. The victim attempted to stop the suspect from stealing her vehicle and she was pushed away by the suspect. The suspect claimed to have a bomb. Officers searched the area and located the stolen Ford Explorer in the area of Oddie and El Rancho. The vehicle was unoccupied. An officer observed the suspect who fled on foot into the apartments at 1260 El Rancho. The suspect discarded his jeans and some of the victim's property. Sparks Police Officers and a Sparks Police K-9 searched the entire complex and were unable to locate the suspect.
The suspect was further described as 5-08, wearing sun glasses, bald, beard, earrings in both ears, and tattoos on his head, wearing a grey button up shirt.
In the previous press release, a photo was sent. If there is a better photograph located, it will be updated.
Please contact Secret Witness or the Sparks Police Department with any information.
Sparks Detectives identified Willie Manuel Pro, d.o.b. 9/14/81, as the suspect in this case. Pro had recently been released from High Desert Detention facility in Las Vegas. On January 14, 2015 Sparks and Reno Detectives located Pro in the 2800 block of N. McCarran. Pro was interviewed and subsequently arrested. Pro was charged with Robbery, Grand Larceny, Communicate a Bomb Threat, Battery with Intent to Commit a Crime, and Petit Larceny. Pro was booked at the Washoe County Jail.
On 1/5/15 @ 1852 hours, a Hispanic male adult robbed a patron at the US Bank ATM in the 2100 block of Oddie Blvd. Attached is a picture of the suspect. He was wearing an LA hat with the letters blacked out. The Sparks Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sparks Police Detective division at (775) 353-2225 or call Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900. Secret Witness is offering a $1500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of this suspect.
The Sparks Police Department will be conducting an evidence viewing for property recovered during a string of recent burglaries. The evidence viewing will be conducted on Tuesday January 20th, and Wednesday January 21st, from 9:00 a.m... to 7:00 p.m... at the Sparks Police Department. Citizens who have been the victim of a residential, vehicle, or commercial burglary, may come and view property. ALL CITIZENS MUST HAVE A COPY OF THEIR POLICE REPORT LISTING THE ITEMS THEY ARE LOOKING FOR!!! Please come to the front desk of the Sparks Police Department with a copy of your police report. The Sparks Police Department WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PRODUCE A COPY OF ANY REPORTS FROM ANY OTHER AGENCY. Victims from the city of Reno and Washoe County should have reports from their respective jurisdictions. The viewing is available both days from 9:00 a.m.. to 7:00 p.m. at 1701 E. Prater Way, Sparks NV. All of the property was recovered before on November 28th, 2014. Anyone who has been the victim of a burglary or theft since that time will not have property in this viewing.
On January 13, 2015 at 0444 hours Sparks Police responded to a call of a carjacking that had just occurred on Vista de Lago Drive. A female and male backed their vehicle out of the garage, parked it, then closed the garage and reentered their home. The victims then exited their residence and were walking to their vehicle when a Hispanic male, unknown to them, approached them. The male pointed two handguns, one in each hand, at them and demanded they lie on the ground. The victim’s complied at which time the suspect approached them, took the male’s cellular phone and the keys to the vehicle. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, wearing all dark clothing, approximately 5’5” tall and thin build.
At 0446 hours a Sparks Police officer traveling on Pyramid Way observed the vehicle driving northbound and turned around to initiate a stop on the vehicle. The vehicle turned onto York Way and then onto Lexington Way where it came to a stop and the driver exited and fled on foot jumping fences into the backyards of several residences. A perimeter was set up and after approximately one hour the same officer that first observed the vehicle located the suspect hiding in a bush in front of a residence on Schroeder Way. The suspect was taken into custody and refused to identify himself. Two loaded handguns, matching the description given by the victims were located on the suspect. One of the handguns was stolen from a Reno burglary.
The suspect was later identified through identifiers as Matthew F. Carrol, AKA Matthew Madrid. Carrol was booked into Washoe County Jail on the following charges: Robbery w/a Deadly Weapon (x2), Grand Theft Auto, Carrying a Concealed Weapon (x2), Possession of Stolen Property (Firearm), Ex-Felon in Possession of a Firearm (x2) and Obstructing. The total bail of all charges is $170,000.
On 01/09/15 at approximately 0059 hours SPD officers responded to the 1700 block of Vance Way on the report of a shooting. Upon arrival officers learned that a male and female were seated in their vehicle which was idling in the 1700 block of Vance. Two suspects approached the victim vehicle and looked through the windows. One of the victim's observed one of the suspect's draw a firearm. The driver of the victim vehicle drove away, fearing for their safety. As they drove away the suspect with the firearm fired at least one round, striking the vehicle. Neither victim was physically injured.
Suspect #1 was described as a Black male adult in his twenties, 5-09, 140, wearing jeans and a possible camouflage jacket.
Suspect #2 was described as a White or Hispanic male adult in his twenties, 5-10, 170, wearing a black jacket and sweatpants.
The suspects were last seen running north on Oppio from Vance.
The Sparks Police Department is asking for any information to be forwarded to Secret Witness or the Sparks Police Department.
On 01/03/05 at approximately 0342 hours the Sparks Police Department responded to a fight call in the 2100 block of Oddie Blvd. Upon arrival officers learned that the victim was walking in the 2100 block of Oddie Blvd. when she was approached by a male suspect. The male suspect began making lewd comments towards the victim. When the victim refused the male began to strangulate the victim. The victim fought back and the male fled west towards El Rancho.
The male suspect was described as a Hispanic male, mid 20's, thin mustache, short hair, 6-00, 185 lbs, wearing a dark colored trench coat.
Please contact the Sparks Police Department or Secret Witness with any information.
The Sparks Police Department would like to report on our activity for New Year's Eve 2014.
Between the hours of 2 p.m.. on December 31, 2014 and approximately 1 a.m.. January 1, 2015, the Sparks Police Department increased its patrol staffing for New Year's Eve. During those hours there were three arrests made: one for a warrant, one for possession of stolen property and one for fraud. There was also one call of a juvenile party involving alcohol where one citation and two referrals to the Jan Evans Juvenile Justice Center were issued. Finally, officers made many traffic stops and issued 11 citations for various traffic related offenses.
The most serious incident that occurred in Sparks was a fatal vehicle versus pedestrian accident. That accident happened on McCarran Blvd. south of Prater Way. The Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating that accident. For questions on that incident, please contact their agency.
On 12-22-14 at approximately 1928 hrs. the Sparks Police Department responded to the report of a Robbery at Heritage Bank, 330 Los Altos Parkway.
Upon arrival on scene, officers met with the victim who reported her vehicle, money and other belongings had been taken by a male adult. The victim reported that as she pulled into the drive-thru of the bank, an unknown race male adult wearing a light colored sweatshirt, dark colored pants and something covering his face got into her vehicle from the passenger side door and ordered her out of the vehicle. When the victim paused, the male suspect pushed her out of the vehicle and fled the scene heading Southbound on Galleria Parkway.
The vehicle was observed a short time later in the area of Galleria Parkway and Disc Drive, driving in a reckless manner.
The victims vehicle, property and an undisclosed amount of cash were taken by the suspect.
The victim’s vehicle is a black 2001 Audi four door sedan with Nevada license plates 635LEW.
Attached is a photograph of the suspect just prior to the robbery seen approaching the victim’s vehicle.
If you or anyone you know recognizes this suspect or has any information related to this crime please contact Sparks Police Department Dispatch at 775-353-2231 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.
On 12/20/14 at 7:01am Officer from the Sparks Police Department responded to Aguita's Bar with the Sparks Fire Department and REMSA for the report of an unconcious Hispanic male that had been involved in a fight at the bar.
Officers determined that the fight had taken place inside the business approximately 90 minutes prior to receiving the call for service. The unknown suspect was escorted from the business by on-site security and left the area immediately after the fight. According to witnesses the victim remained at the bar and his condition deteriorated to the point that REMSA and Police were called. The victim was transported by REMSA to Renown for undetermined injuries.
At approximately 8:30am Police received an update from Renown that the victim was suffering from severe head trauma. Sparks Police Detectives were called and continue to investigate the case. No arrests have been made at this time.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact The Sparks Police Department at 775-353-2225.
On 12/14/14 the Sparks Police Department responded to several calls regarding a possible phone scam. The unknown suspect(s) seem to be targeting elderly folks in the scam.
In the scam the victim will receive a call from an unknown male identifying himself as an employee of the Washoe County Sheriff's Office or "warrants division" stating the victim has missed jury duty. The suspect will insist that the victim either pay a fine with a credit card over the phone or they will be arrested.
The suspect is using a phone number that is not traceable making it very difficult to investigate.
The Sparks Police Department advises that people do not give out personal information, including credit card numbers, over the phone to anyone. Legitimate law enforcement agencies do not solicit this information for any purpose.
if you believe you have been the victim of a similar phone scam you are urged to contact the Sparks Police Department at 775-353-2231.
The Sparks Police Department will be holding its annual Department Awards Ceremony Thursday, December 11, 2014, at 3:30 PM. The event will be held in the City Council Chambers at Sparks City Hall, 431 Prater Way in Sparks.
The Department will honor both sworn and non-sworn personnel, as well as citizens from the Community, for their actions during 2014. Awards include Sworn and Non-Sworn Employee of the Year, Lifesaving Award, Medal of Valor, Medal of Meritorious Service, Distinguished Service Award, Certificate of Commendation and the Certificate of Appreciation.
The public is invited to attend, and refreshments will be served. A list of this year's Awards Recepients is attached.
For more information, call 353-2248.
On 12-10-2014, at 6:09am, Sparks Police and emergency personnel were sent to 45 Vista Blvd., Suite 102, on an industrial accident. Inside the business, Officers located at 33 year-old male employee deceased. It appears the victim was operating a piece of machinery when possibly a piece of clothing may have got caught in the machine, pulling the victim into it and killing him. I do not know what type of machine it was, or what it is used for at this time. Sparks Police did do an investigation, and this is the preliminary information we have at this time. The victim is not being identified until his next of kin is notified.
The Sparks Police Department will be holding its annual Senior Phone Patrol Christmas Party on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 12 noon in the department’s training room, at 1701 E. Prater Way. This celebration is for the 52 senior citizens currently enrolled on our Senior Phone Patrol Program. Generous donations from local businesses will ensure that each senior will receive a special Christmas present given to them by Santa Claus. A delicious meal prepared by Carolina Kitchen & BBQ Company will be served along with music and singing by Joe Art and Steve Sample.
The Sparks Police Department would like to thank the following businesses for their donations to this year’s event: Alsco, Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Baldini’s Sports Casino,BJ’s Nevada Barbecue, Eldorado Hotel-Casino, Harrah’s, Ijji Sushi, Model Dairy, Murrieta’s Restaurant & Cantina, Port of Subs, Rigo’s Mexican Cuisine, Scheel’s All Sport, The Squeeze Inn, Swire Coca Cola, The Cheesecake Factory, and T.J. Maxx.
The Sparks Police Department Senior Phone Patrol program is a free service provided to seniors and disabled residents of the City of Sparks. The function of the program is to place a phone call each day to check on the welfare of its members. The Sparks Police Department offers this program in an effort to minimize the time members would have to wait for emergency medical help in the event they become sick, or injured, and are unable to get to the phone to call for help.
If you, or someone you know, is interested in this valuable program, please contact the Sparks Police Department Front Desk at (775) 353-2248 for more information or to enroll.
On December 4, 2014 at 0900 hours, members of the Sparks Police Department presented the Reno Office of the American Cancer Society a check for $2,205.00 in support of the Relay for Life program. This donation is based on an employee initiated campaign. Detective Ken Gallop and Detective Shawn Congdon proposed the idea of participating in a "No-Shave November" style event, bringing awareness to men's health issues and supporting the American Cancer Society. Gallop and Congdon proposed that for a donation to our local American Cancer Society, members of the Department could grow out and have a Departmentally approved goatee for the month of November.
The Sparks Police Protective Association was the first to donate $1,000.00 to the event. The Sparks Police Protective Association represents the 105 classified sworn officers of the Sparks Police Department. In total, members of the Department raised an additional $1205.00 for participating including a $200.00 donation from Dad's Quick Mart this morning when the owner saw the preliminary news story.
This was a 100% Sparks Police Department employee driven event. This was not a City based event or an initiative proposed by the Office of the Chief. The members of the department wanted to give back to and contribute to our local community.