We have been receiving inquiries about cases that are being investigated by other agencies concerning a local Cash for Laptops business in Sparks. Over the last two years, approx. 80 reports were filed against Cash for Laptops located at 84 Coney Island for alleged illegal activity. The cases were investigated by detectives, and the complaints have been to referred to other agencies. The cases are actively being investigated by other agencies; therefore, no details of the investigation will be released by the Sparks Police. Thank you.
The Missing Person (juvenile) Rhonda Towe was located earlier today by the Reno Police Department and Washoe County School Police. She was uninjured and reunited with her family. Thanks to all for their assistance.
SPARKS POLICE DEPARTMENT IS HELPING WITH TRAFFIC CONTROL FOR A STRUCTURE FIRE IN THE AREA OF SULLIVAN LN AND GREENBRAE DR. SULLIVAN LN IS CLOSED NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND IN THE AREA. PLEASE STAY CLEAR OF THE AREA IF AT ALL POSSIBLE FOR THE TIME BEING. THANK YOU.
Rhonda Towe is a 17 year old female that is considered missing and endangered. Towe was last seen in her seventh period class at Hug High School. She was to board a Citifare bus from Hug High School at the end of the school day and travel home to her address in Sparks. Towe's guardian contacted police at 6:23 pm when she failed to arrive home. Officers contacted school officials and determined Towe did attend all her scheduled classes for the day. After reviewing video surveillance on the bus line Towe was to have boarded, officers learned she did not take available buses from the high school. Towe does not use social media nor does she have a phone. She was seen by school officials late in the day and described as upset and crying.
Towe has a diminished mental capacity which places her at risk. She is described as five foot four and two hundred pounds. She has strawberry red hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a forest green Hug High School t-shirt with her name on it, pink pants and a blue, black and grey backpack.
If Towe is sighted or her whereabouts are known, please call the Sparks Police Department at 353-2231 or Secret Witness.
In November, 2015, the Reno Police Department and detectives from the Northern Nevada Repeat Offender Program (ROP) arrested Nathaniel Williams subsequent to a Burglary investigation. Williams broke into a residence, stealing numerous items including multiple firearms. Reno PD attempted to stop Williams shortly after the incident. Williams fled in a vehicle and ultimately crashed into a fence and tree. Williams forced his way into a nearby residence and barricaded himself. After a several hour stand-off, Reno PD SWAT was able to safely take Williams into custody. Detectives recovered all of the stolen property and firearms which were returned to the owners.
Williams, who already had a lengthy criminal history remained in custody throughout the criminal proceedings. ROP worked closely with the Washoe County District Attorney's Office.
Williams pled guilty to Burglary, Home Invasion, and Ex-Felon Possession of a Firearm. On 9/7/16 Williams was sentenced by the honorable Judge Patrick Flanagan to an 8- 20 year sentence in the Nevada State Prison System.
On September 13, 2016 Sparks Police officers responded to a reported robbery that occurred on South AST Street between Rhymer Ave and Frazier Way.
The victim was parked in the area having lunch when the suspect approached her car and demanded money. The victim surrendered her purse and its contents, and the suspect fled. He was believed to be east bound on Rhymer Ave. The victim was not injured in the incident.
The suspect is described as a white male between 20-25 years old. He is further described as medium height with a slight build. He was wearing a two-tone grey shirt and dark colored hat. The firearm is described as a small, black handgun.
Officers checked the area extensively but did not locate the suspect.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Sparks Police Detectives at 353-2225.
On 09/11/2016 at approximately 2000hrs the Sparks Police Department received a 911 call reporting that an adult male had been stabbed multiple times. The caller indicated that the crime scene was located on the Truckee river bank near S. 21st Street and Greg Street.
When Officers arrived on scene, they located the victim and began medical treatment after they observed several lacerations that varied in length and severity. While receiving medical treatment, the victim identified Steven Brian DAILEY as the subject who stabbed him. According to several witnesses, DAILEY fled the scene in an unknown direction after stabbing the victim.
REMSA arrived on scene and transported the victim to the hospital where he received additional treatment for his injuries. The victim’s injuries are serious in nature, but not life threatening at this time.
The Sparks Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Steven DAILEY, a 37-year-old resident of the area. DAILEY is currently wanted for Battery with a Deadly Weapon. If located, please call the Sparks Police Department at 775-353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
A picture of Steven DAILEY is attached.
There is no further information to be released.
Thank you for your assistance.
The Sparks Police Department is requesting the publics assistance in locating Mario Thomas Mendonca, a 37 year old resident of the area. Mendonca is currently wanted for Aggravated Stalking and TPO violations. If located, please call the Sparks Police Department, 775-353-2231 or Secret Witness.
A picture of Mendonca is attached.
There is no further information to be released.
Thank you for your assistance.
On August 31, 2016 at 10:50 a.m. Sparks Police officers responded to a roll-over accident in the 200 block of Vista Blvd.
Andrew Magana of Sparks was driving a Ford pick up truck southbound on Vista Boulevard. Judith Adams was driving a 2015 Toyota northbound on Vista and made a left turn to enter a business parking lot., but failed to yield the right of way to Magana. Adams vehicle was struck by Magana's causing it to roll over.
Both drivers were transported to local hospitals for non-life threatening injuries. Adams was cited for a right of way violation.
Southbound Vista traffic had to be diverted at Prater Way for approximately an hour so the accident scene could safely be worked by police, fire and medical personnel.
On 8/31/16 @ 0519 hours, the Sparks Police Department received multiple 911 calls regarding multiple shots being fired in the area of D St. and El Rancho. Upon arrival, officers met with witnesses in the 2500 block of D St. who stated they observed two individuals outside of a dark colored SUV fire shots towards the apartment complex located at 2555 D St.
Officers were able to locate defects on the property which appeared to be caused by projectiles. There were no injuries at the scene and the only description of the shooter is of a white male wearing a white “hoodie” with “graffiti” type design on it. He wore a black bandana covering his face.
The investigation is ongoing. Detectives are working on obtaining video surveillance from cameras nearby. Should anyone have any information regarding this incident, please contact Sparks Police Detective at 775-353-2225 or Secret Witness.
CORRECTION // MEDIA BRIEF WILL BE AT 10PM AT THE SOUTH EAST CORNER OF RIVERS EDGE BEHIND THE FIRE TRUCKS
On August 27th, 2016 at 0350 hours, Sparks Police Officers responded to a report of an Armed Robbery in the area of the apartments located at 4005 Moorpark Ct. The male victim had just come home from work when he was approached by a Black Male Adult, who demanded money, while aiming a rifle type gun. The victim was not injured.
The suspect obtained an undislosed amount of money from the victim, and then ran through the complex in an easterly direction and was not located.
The suspect is described as:
Black Male adult (unknown age), 5'8" - 5'10", thin, wearing a black baseball hat w/ a white bandana across his face, jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt.
Anyone with who may have witnessed this incident or has any information pertaining to the incident, is urged to please call Secret Witness at 322-4900 or Sparks Police Detectives at 353-2225.
The Northern Nevada Repeat Offender Program (ROP) arrested Geraldene Degallery, Branon Fultz, and Brandon Lane subsequent to a several week long investigation. The trio used look outs and getaway drivers to target local office supply stores. The group ran out of numerous stores carrying thousands of dollars of merchandise.
Degallery, the focus of the investigation has been investigated by ROP previously do to her extensive criminal history.
On August 25, 2016 ROP detectives watched the suspects enter the Office Depot on Steamboat PKWY. The suspects grabbed over a thousand dollars of office supplies and ran out of the store to an awaiting vehicle. The trio were stopped and arrested prior to leaving the parking lot. ROP detectives had also been in the store and watched the theft.
The suspects have been tied to similar cases at Office Depots on Disc, Kietzke, and Northtowne.
They were eached booked for multiple counts of Burglary, Grand Larceny, and Conspiracy to commit Burglary.
ROP is comprised of detectives from Sparks PD, Reno PD, Washoe County Sheriff's Office, and the Nevada Department of Parole and Probation. The unit works closely with prosecutors from the Washoe County District Attorney's Office.
On 8-22-16 at approximately 12:32pm a Sparks Police Officer initiated a traffic stop on a gray 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe for no license plates near Victorian and 22nd Street. The driver of that vehicle, later identified as Benjamin Hinote, immediately began to elude the officer turning north bound on El Rancho and traveling at a high rate of speed and in a reckless manner.
The officer then initiated a pursuit for the vehicle failing to yield. The officer observed Benjamin Hinote turn west into 501 El Rancho, which is a trailer park. As the officer made it to the entrance of 501 El Rancho, he observed Benjamin Hinote crash through a fence at the end of the trailer park and into two residential homes that were off of Maxine Circle.
Benjamin Hinote then fled on foot. Officers immediately set up a perimeter around the area to try and contain Benjamin Hinote. The original officer who initiated the pursuit observed another vehicle that appeared to be associated to Benjamin Hinote, as that vehicle was following his vehicle around. The officer was able to give out that vehicle’s information, which was a silver 2007 Toyota Camry.
While the perimeter was set up and in place, another officer observed the 2007 Toyota Camry in the area loitering around. Officers then initiated a traffic stop on that vehicle in that area of El Rancho and Oddie. The vehicle was being driven by Boris Sharoyan. Boris Sharoyan briefly stopped the vehicle, then a passenger fled from the vehicle running north bound across Oddie.
A foot pursuit ensued where that person was shortly thereafter taken into custody. That person was identified as Benjamin Hinote. As soon as Benjamin Hinote foot bailed from the vehicle, Boris Sharoyan drove away, causing police to now follow him, which he pulled over near El Rancho and Greenbrae and was detained without incident.
Once the scene started to unfold with information, it was determined that Boris Sharoyan was assisting Benjamin Hinote in trying to escape. Officers later received information that the vehicle Benjamin Hinote was driving was stolen out of Reno. Benjamin Hinote also had three extraditable felony warrants that were related to a Robbery and two Burglaries.
Benjamin Hinote did crash the stolen vehicle through a residential fence and into two different houses that were close to one another. From the initial investigations it does not appear that the two homes suffered any serious structural damage. No one was injured during this incident. Both Benjamin Hinote and Boris Sharoyan were arrested and transported to the Washoe County Jail. Benjamin Hinote was charged with Felony Eluding, Possession of a stolen vehicle, Felony property damage and his three warrants for a total bail amount $45,000. Boris Sharoyan was held on a P&P hold and charged with obstructing.
The Sparks Police would like to invite everyone to a Community BBQ this Sunday from 11am to 3pm at Shadow Mountain park. Bring your friends and family to visit with officers, see police vehicles, K-9 and our mobile Command Center. Enjoy a hamburger or hot dog wtih officers. Please RSVP through the link on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/sparkspoliceNV We hope to see you there!
The Northern Nevada Repeat Offender Program (ROP) is seeking the public's assistance in locating Steven Bumgarner. Bumgarner has several prior violent Felony convictions and should be considered armed and dangerous.
On Saturday August 13, 2016, Bumgarner was involved in an incident where one person was stabbed. Other un-related Felony warrants for Bumgarner's arrest are pending.
Secret Witness is offering a $1000.00 reward for information leading to Bumgarner's arrest. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Secret Witness at 322-4900 or the ROP unit at 334-3877.
On 08/12/16 at approximately 0100 hours a female was walking at the Sparks Marina, 300 Howard Drive. The female noticed a male in a dark vehicle that was following her as she walked the path around the marina. The victim went to her vehicle to leave and the male pulled up in his vehicle. The male suspect exited his vehicle and exposed and fondled his genitals in front of the victim. The male suspect left in his vehicle.
The male was described as a white or Hispanic, 6-00 tall, 20-30 years of age, with a red baseball hat, white shirt, and blue jeans.
The vehicle was described as a 2000-2002 black Saturn type vehicle. A similar vehicle photograph is attached.
Any information, please call the Sparks Police Department or Secret Witness.
On 8/8/16 @ approximately 1222 hours, Sparks Police Officers responded to a 911 call regarding a woman found bleeding and bound at an apartment complex. Sparks Police Officers located the female victim and immediately began to provide medical attention due to potentially life threatening injuries.The victim was transported to Renown and has been hospitalized. The initial investigation revealed a possible suspect. Sparks Police Detectives responded and conducted an investigation. The victim had been attacked while at work and was bound and gagged prior to escaping with the help of a witness. Sparks Police Detectives identified a suspect, David Logue, d.o.b. 10/4/84. Logue was arrested on multiple charges including Attempted Murder w/ a Deadly Weapon, Battery w/ the Intent to Commit Sexual Assault, Battery by Strangulation, Robbery w/ a Deadly Weapon, Battery w/ Use of Deadly Weapon resulting in Substantial Bodily Harm, and 1st Degree Kidnapping resulting in Substantial Bodily Harm. Sparks Police Detectives are continuing the investigation. Some of the victim's property may have been discarded in the area Paradise Park in Reno. Sparks Police Detectives are in the area currently with the assistance of the Washoe County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Sparks Police Detectives at (775) 353-2225, or call Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.