On 9-24-14 at approximately 2:48am, Sparks Police Officers responded to the 1600 block of F Street, for report of a strong arm robbery. When officers arrived on scene, they met with a female victim who advised two black males in their late teens had punched her and stole her purse.
The female victim was unable to provide any more descriptions of the two suspects and stated that they were last seen running north bound on Rock from 16th Street. The female victim stated that the suspects stole her purse which was described as having a leopard type pattern to it.
The female victim suffered minor injuries and did not need to go to the hospital. Officers searched the area, but were unsuccessful in in locating the suspects.
Anyone with information to this strong arm robbery is asked to contact Sparks Police Detectives at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
On 9/22/14 @ approximately 0813 hours, Sparks Police officers were dispatched to the area of Clan Alpine and Round Mountain on a report of a subject who had fired his handgun in front of his residence and was last seen running down the street very agitated.
Because of the close proximity of Jerry Whitehead Elementary School, Washoe County School Police was contacted and placed the school in Code Yellow Lockdown.
The male, later identified as Dave Kunselman, a 55 year old Sparks resident, was located in the area of Baring and Sorensen. Kunselman refused to obey verbal commands by officers to get down on the ground. Kunselman attempted to run from officers but was taken to the ground and detained without further incident.
Kunselman told officers he discarded the handgun prior to police contact. A University of Nevada Police K9 was used in attempts to locate the handgun. As of right now, the handgun is still outstanding.
The Sparks Police Department would like anyone with knowledge of the incident or the location of the handgun to contact dispatch at 775-353-2231.
On Saturday, September 27th from 10am to 2pm, The Sparks Police Department will be participating in our local Prescription Roundup event. We will be joining several local agencies at various businesses in collecting old or unused prescription medication. Please see the attached flyer for participating locations.
The Sparks Police Department would like to remind our community that proper disposal of medications protects teens, children, pets and the environment.
Update on previous release regarding suicidal subject with a gun:
The outstanding subject has been located and the "Code Yellow Lockdown" has been lifted at Whitehead school.
Southbound McCarran from Prater is now open for traffic.
On September 13, 2014 Sparks Police officers responded to the 500 block of El Rancho Drive on a possible scam.
Officers met with the reporting party, who said she was at home when she got a knock on the door. She answered the door and a person claiming to be a fortune teller offered to read the palm of the resident.
During the course of the reading, the suspect persuaded the victim to provide her with several hundred dollars with a promise to return with triple the amount of money. As of yet, the suspect has not returned.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic female, 25-35 years old. She is believed to be about 5'8" tall, weighing approximately 250 pounds with dark hair pulled into a pony tail.
The case is still under investigation. The Sparks Police department would like to caution the public about situations like these, as they are frequently scams.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact the Sparks Police Department at 353-2231.
On 9-15-14 at approximately 10:37pm, an officer responded to one of the apartments located at 555 Sullivan for report of a burglary that had occurred earlier. The victim is an elderly male who advised the officer that some of his heart medication was stolen.
The victim advised he stored his heart medication in an old Hydrocodone bottle. The victim stated the medication is called Furosemide and is described as a 40mg small round white pill with no markings on it.
The victim advised that if an individual were to mistakenly take this medication thinking it was Hydrocodone and did not have a heart condition, that it could have a serious if not fatal side effect.
This is a public safety notification and to reiterate the dangers associated of taking medication that is not prescribed by a physician.
Anyone with information to this burglary is asked to contact Sparks Police Detectives at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
Fire crews are working a fire in the Pollack Pines (El Dorado County CA) area which is causing a large amount of smoke in the Reno/Sparks area. Please do not call 911 to inquire about the smoke in the area.
On September 13th, 2014 at 9:53 pm, Officers responded to the 1100 block of Prater Way for a reported stabbing. Upon arrival, there were several individuals in the home and one subject was down with a stab wound to the back. A initial investigation reveled that there had been a domestic dispute in the home ending with one subject being stabbed in the back. The subject stabbed in the back was transported to Renown Medical Center and underwent surgery for the stab wound and is in stable condition at this time. Due to the ongoing investigation, no other information about the circumstances can be released at this time.
On 9/13/14, at approximately 2040 hours , the Sparks Police Department received a call of an injury accident at the intersection of Sullivan and Oddie. Emergency responders arrived within two minutes of the call and found a male and a female on the side of the road, both had been struck by a vehicle.
The initial investigation indicates a vehicle traveling north bound on Sullivan failed to yield to two pedestrians crossing Sullivan between Oddie and Greenbrae. The vehicle fled the scene prior to police arrival. Both victims were transported to Renown Medical Center. The male, for non-life threating injuries and the female, for life threatening injuries.
The vehicle is described as a silver or gray 90’s GM sedan, possibly a Pontiac Bonneville. It should have front end damage with a broken headlight or turn signal. Video of the accident is being reviewed in order to identify the vehicle and its driver.
The Sparks Police Department is requesting anyone who may have witnessed the accident, or has any information regarding the vehicle, to call Sparks Police Detectives at 775-353-2225 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.
TRAFFIC BACKED UP SOUTH BOUND ROCK AT HYMER FIND AN ALTERNATE ROUTE
On September 10, 2014 at about 6 p.m., Sparks Police officers responded to a call of a disturbance in the 200 block of E. Greenbrae, which may have involved the brandishing of a firearm.
Officers arrived and all involved parties appreared to have fled the area prior to police arrival. Witnesses described a male and a female in a large red truck involved in some sort of disagreement with several males on racing-style motorcycles. During the argument, witnesses report seeing the man in the red truck with some sort of firearm. No shots were fired and no persons were injured.
The incident remains under investigation.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Sparks Police detectives at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
On September 10, 2014 Sparks Police responded to a report of a lewd act that had been committed in the area of the 2500 block of G St.
Officers spoke with a child who said that she was walking home from school when she noticed a car in the 2500 block of G St. She saw that the male in the car was actively masturbating. The girl ran toward home, and the vehicle was last seen southbound on El Rancho Drive.
The male is described as a Hispanic male, 40-50 years of age with a heavy build, black or brown hair, and what appeared to be prescription glasses. He was wearing a checkered shirt and light brown pants. The vehicle is described as an older, small, brown four-door passenger car of an unknown make. The vehicle may have had some sort of specialized Nevada license plate.
During the report for today's event, the girl described a similar incident which occured approximately two weeks prior in the area of Cygnet Circle and G St.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sparks Police detectives at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
Sparks Police arrested 15 year old Carlos Montoya on 9/2/14 for the murder that occurred on 9/1/14 on 11th Street in Sparks. The victim's identity is still being witheld pending autopsy and family notifications.
On August 30th, 2014 at approximately 2221 hours the Sparks Police Department responded to the 600 block of C street to check the welfare of Corina Lea Laramore, 35 yoa, and her daughter Willow, 7 yoa.
During the investigation it was learned that Laramore may be suicidal and with her 7 year old daughter Willow. Laramore and Willow were last seen leaving a residence in the 900 block of Railborne on August 30th, at 1130 hours. For the last several hours, officers have spoken with numerous relatives and friends and we have been unsuccessful in locating them.
Laramore and Willow may be in a black 2002 Saturn NV 903-XCP.
The Sparks Police Department is asking for help in locating the mother and child. Attached are photographs of each. There is no further information to be released at this time.
On 8/28/14, Sparks Police responded to a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred in the 1800 block of Brierley Way. Upon arrival, Officers found the victim bound inside the warehouse. The suspect had entered the warehouse and used a handgun to hold the victim at gunpoint. A picture of the suspect is attached. The suspect left with no money or product from the warehouse but did take the victim's vehicle and cell phone. Police later recovered the vehicle and cell phone in Reno. The suspect is described as a white male approximately 25-30 years of age. He is described as 6'1" with a thin build last seen wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt and black sweatpants with black shoes. The suspect may wear prescription glasses. The suspect wrapped his face in a roll of gauze. Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call the Sparks Police Department at (775) 353-2231 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.
On October 13, 2013, members of the Sparks Police Department responded to 1506 Woodhaven Lane on the report of a suicidal female, Monica Ritchey, who was armed with and already fired a firearm numerous times. Attempted de-escalation of the situation with Ms. Ritchey, was not successful and the incident resulted in the shooting death of Monica Ritchey and the wounding of her daughter Darcie Latham.
Pursuant to the Officer Involved Shooting protocol, after completion of the investigation, this matter was turned over to the District Attorney’s Office for review. On August 26, 2014, District Attorney Gammick rendered his opinion that “the shooting death of Monica Ritchey by Officer Simpson and Sgt. Keating was justifiable under all applicable laws.” D.A. Gammick further states that “the wounding of Darcie Latham by Officer Mowbray was also justifiable…”
Initial reports indicated Darcie Latham was shot by her mother Monica Ritchey. However, as preliminary interviews took place, it was learned by investigators that a Sparks Police Department officer shot Mrs. Latham in the upper leg region, as she was then evacuated by the officers and transported to Renown Medical Center by REMSA. Within 48 hours of the incident, I, along with other members of our staff, met with Mrs. Latham while she was still in the hospital. During that conversation, I advised Mrs. Latham she was shot by an officer of the Sparks Police Department, not her mother.
I empathize with the Ritchey and Latham families. It is tragic that Monica Ritchey believed her only course of conduct that day was to arm herself, discharge the firearm while in and outside of her residence and eventually aim the firearm at responding officers. The loss of a loved one is difficult under any circumstance.
To be involved in a shooting is never the officer’s desired outcome particularly when responding to these types of calls. The responding officers’ intent was to provide assistance to Mrs. Latham’s request for help and to protect the community as a whole. These types of events are very dynamic, evolving and ever changing. Officers are required to make split second decisions based on these ever changing circumstances. The investigation shows that Sgt. Keating’s and Officers Mowbray and Simpson’s actions were of pure intent and justified by applicable laws.
I would like to thank the Reno Police Department for being the lead investigatory agency into the Officer Involved Shooting. Though these investigations take time, the full set of facts and circumstances regarding this incident are presented in Reno Police Department case 13-20296. The Regional Officer Involved Shooting Protocol has again shown that having a non-involved law enforcement agency investigate the incident to be the best way to have an impartial, thorough and complete investigation that provides the transparency of these incidents to the public.
I will not be taking questions at this time. I am not able to further discuss this incident based on my legal requirements and the potential civil law suit. With that, the full details are contained in the final Reno Police Department report and District Attorney Gammick’s decision and those documents speak for themselves.
Releasing Authority: Allen, Brian
Chief of Police
Media release – Initial
On October 13, 2013, the Sparks Police Department responded to 1506 Woodhaven Drive on a report of an armed suicidal female. The result of this incident was the implementation of the Officer Involved Shooting protocol based on the shooting death of Monica Ritchey and the wounding of Darcie Latham.
The Sparks Police Department will hold a Press Conference, today, Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. in the Sparks Police Department’s Training Room to notify the media of the most recent developments in this case.
The purpose of the media release is to provide information regarding the Press Conference only. Please do not contact the Sparks Police Department or other agencies for further information until the 2:30 p.m. Press Conference.
We are working a 2 vehicle accident at the above intersection. Please try to avoid the area and take an alternate route. Thank you.
For Media Use Only:
The Sparks Police Department has incorporated the use of a "Media Phone".
This cell phone is carried by the watch commander or shift supervisor during each patrol shift. The purpose of this phone is to streamline requests for information involving patrol related media inquiries. Please limit the use of this phone to media requests for information only. Every effort will be made to answer the phone when called or call back in a timely way.
The watch commander or shift supervisor will not be able to assist with questions regarding longer term investigations. Requests for information for on-going investigations should continue through detectives and Lieutenant Triplett.
The "Media Phone" phone number is 775-354-7267. Texting is also enabled.