On 7/26/16 at approximately 2221 hours, Sparks 911 received a call regarding a vehicle which had crashed into a tree, rolled over and caught on fire in the area of Sparks Middle School, 2275 18th St. Prior to police arrival, several witnesses to the crash were able to assist in getting the driver out of the vehicle and to safety.
According to several witness statements, the vehicle was traveling east on Wedekind Road approaching Sullivan Lane at a high rate of speed. The driver was unable to stop for the intersection and locked up the brakes. This caused the vehicle to skid through the intersection, crossing over the center line, striking a curb and a rock wall which caused the front bumper of the vehicle to fall off. The vehicle continued traveling south to 18th St., once again crossing over the center of the lane and striking the curb. The vehicle continued south on 18th St. in an active work zone with no asphalt causing it to lose traction. It left the roadway breaking through a chain linked fence and rolling over into Oppio Park. The driver, later identified as a 17-year-old Reno resident was transported to Renown by REMSA. Alcohol appears to be a factor in this crash.
No bystanders were injured and Sparks Fire Department was on scene and knocked down the fire.
On July 24, 2016 at 02:25 hours Sparks Police Officers responded to the area of 6th Street and Wright Way to a report of shots fired with people screaming. When officers arrived in the area a group of people were actively fighting in the middle of 6th Street. As additional officers were arriving the in area they encountered Brando Rodriguez-Guerrero attempting to run from the area of the fight. While on scene officers located several spent shell casings in the 600 Block of 6th Street.
The investigation revealed that Brando Rodriguez-Guerrero and several of his associates attended a party in the 600 Block of 6th Street. A fight started at the party and Brando Rodriguez-Guerrero retrieved a handgun and fired several shots into the air. After firing the shots Brando Rodriguez-Guerrero attempted to flee the area. Officers searched the area and did not locate any bullet impacts or injuries as a result of the shots being fired.
Brando Rodriguez-Guerrero was arrested for an unrelated warrant and Discharging a Firearm in Public.
On July 23rd 2016 at approx. 3:45 am, Sparks Patrol officers were notified of a 17 year old female suffering from stab wounds, who had been brought in to Renown Medical Center. During the investigation, it was learned that the victim had been in an altercation in the area of the Sparks Marina, with an unknown suspect and had been stabbed by an unknown type weapon. The victim's injuries were non-life threatening, and was released a short time later.
No witnesses have been identified and the Sparks Police is asking for assistance from the community.
Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who have information about the suspect is urged to contact the Sparks Police Detective Division at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
On 7/11/16, the female pictured opening the vehicle door, stole a green 1999 Toyota RAV4 NV/46D 759 from the business at 1490 E. Prater Way. The female is a WFA with Strawberry blonde hair, heavy set, glasses, wearing a dark colored tank top. She was also carrying a cloth backpack. The Sparks Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect. Please contact the Sparks Police Department Detective Division at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900 with any information about the identity of this supsect.
The Sparks Police Department needs your help to identify the person or persons responsible for a recent rash of graffiti in the Sparks/ Reno area. The suspect(s) involved use the moniker “FOCUS” and have vandalized multiple businesses and vehicles, resulting in several thousands of dollars in damages. The suspect has struck in the areas around Reed High School, Prater Ave, around McCarran /Victorian Ave. as well as Reno.
Officers have spoken to several independent witnesses and they believe the suspect is a 16 to 18 year old male currently attending Reed High School.
If you are able to help identify this suspect, please notify the Sparks Police Department at (775)353-2231 or Secret Witness.
On 7/18/16 at approximately 0241 hours, the Sparks Police received a call regarding a suspicious person checking vehicle doors and making entry into unlocked vehicles in the area of 800 Nichols Blvd., Greenleaf apartments.
When officers arrived on scene, they located a male, later identified as Brent Wisler, rummaging through a vehicle. When the officer announced he was a police officer, Wisler took off running and failed to comply with the officer’s commands to stop.
After a short foot pursuit, Wisler was taken into custody. Multiple items in Wisler’s possession where identified as being stolen from vehicles in the complex.
The Sparks Police Department would like to remind our community to always lock your vehicle and never leave anything of value visible from the outside.
If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Detectives at 775-353-2225 or Secret Witness.
On 07/17/16 at approximately 0230 hours the Sparks Police Department responded to multiple calls of shots being fired in the area of LaLinda Vista Street. When officers arrived, they found a male who had been shot in the face. Multiple subjects fled the area in vehicles and on foot. The victim is being treated for the gun shot wound and is in the ICU.
Detectives with the Sparks Police Department are investigating the shooting. Any information, please call Secret Witness at the number listed below or the Sparks Police Department Detective Division at 775-353-2225.
There is no further information to be released at this time.
On 07/16/16 at approximately 2324 hours the Sparks Police Department responded to 1855 El Rancho on the report of a male beating a female with a baseball bat. While officers were responding we received a different call of a male with a gun kicking in a door to an apartment and holding people against their will.
Officers arrived and were able to locate the subjects involved. During the investigation it was learned that a neighbor dispute occurred where, Joshua Johnston armed himself with a baseball bat and struck a male and female. The male was struck in the head and the female was struck in the arm causing her arm to break. Both neighbors retreated to their respective residences.
The male who was struck in the head, Gabriel Martinez-Olmos, armed himself with a handgun and went to his neighbors residence. At the residence, Martinez-Olmos kicked down the door and entered his neighbors residence with his handgun pointing it at the occupants and ordering them to the ground. Martinez-Olmos struck one of the occupants with the handgun and exited the residence.
The baseball bat and handgun were recovered.
Gabriel Martinez-Olmos, a 43 year old Sparks resident was charged with Home Invasion, Battery with a Deadly Weapon, and Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Upon his release from medical care, he will be booked into the Washoe County Jail with a total bail of $60,000.
Joshua Johnston, a 20 year old Sparks resident was charged with Battery Causing Substantial Bodily Harm and Battery with a Deadly Weapon. He was booked on $30,000.00 bail.
A booking photo of Johnston is attached.
There is no further information to be released at this time.
On July 13th 2016, Sparks Patrol Officers responded to Target located at 1550 E. Lincoln Way for a Stolen Vehicle report. During the investigation, two (2) subjects were identified on surveillance video, involved with stealing a black Honda Civic from the parking lot. The White male suspect is seen stealing the vehicle, while a White female is seen following the suspect in the stolen car driving a green Honda Accord, out of the parking lot.
The suspects are unknown at this time.
The suspects are described as:
Suspect #1: White or Hispanic male adult in his 30's, 6 feet tall, black hair with a goatee, wearing a gray "VW" t-shirt, gray shorts, black shoes and baseball hat.
Suspect #2: White or Hispanic female adult in her 30's, 5'5" to 5'8" feet tall, dark hair.
Pictures of the suspects and suspect vehicle are attached.
The Sparks Police Department is asking for assistance from the community in identifying these suspects.
Anyone with information in regards to the identity or the whereabouts of these suspects are urged to contact the Sparks Police Detective Division at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
On July 08, 2016 at 9:15 p.m. Sparks Police Officers responded to a Grand Larceny that occurred at the Target department store located at 1550 E. Lincoln Way.
On July 07 2016 between 8:50pm and 9:15pm the victim was working at the Target department store when she went to retrieve a motorized shopping cart from the parking lot. As the victim entered the store, she left her cellular phone in a basket that was attached to the front of the motorized shopping cart. Shortly after the victim walked away from the shopping cart, the suspect entered the store and took the victim's phone form the shopping cart. The suspect remained in the store for a short time, but eventually left the store with the victim's phone. The victim identified the phone as a white Samsung galaxy S6 (approximate value $700.00).
The suspect left the area in a dark colored four door sedan, unknown license plates (see attached photo). The victim identified the suspect as a white male adult, 6' 190lbs wearing a gray US Navy shirt and brown shorts (see attached photo).
Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call the Sparks Police Department at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
Releasing Authority: Sgt. Clinte Bellamy
Sparks Fire and multiple other agencies are actively working a brush fire in the area behind Walmart, near Pyramid and Disc. Please stay out of the area for the immediate future if possible. Thank you.
The investigation into this incident has determined that Rodney Wright died as a result of a gunshot wound. At the time, Mr. Wright was riding in a vehicle with several associates, including Mr. Turnow. Mr. Turnow was armed with a handgun and was displaying it inside the vehicle. The handgun discharged and struck Mr. Wright. Mr. Wright was transported to St. Mary's Medical Center where he died from his injuries. Mr. Turnow was arrested for this on Friday 7/8/16.
On 2/12/16 at approximately 2316 hours, Sparks Police Officers along with REMSA paramedics were dispatched to an original report of a subject down at 250 Pyramid Way with an unknown medical condition. The paramedics immediately transported the victim to St. Mary's ER were the victim died. Further investigation indicated that the victim had been shot and died as a result of the gunshot wound. The Sparks Police Detective Division is investigating the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sparks Police Department at (775) 353-2225 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900. The victim's identity will not be released at this time. No police personnel are available for an on camera interview at this time.
A Message from Sparks Police Chief Brian Allen:
In light of the events that took place in Dallas, Texas last evening, I would first and foremost want to offer on behalf of myself and the men and women of the Sparks Police our condolences and heartbreak for the families of the slain officers. We will continue to offer our support, thoughts and prayers to all of those in Dallas and our law enforcement family.
As I have watched the events unfold throughout the week in Louisiana and Minnesota, it brought me great concern. We have two incidents within twenty-four hours involving black males shot by law enforcement. I have watched the videos, I have watched the newscasts, and read many news articles regarding both of those incidents. What I haven’t seen, heard, or read is the final case investigation. Did those officers make the right decision or act in accordance with their state’s laws? I don’t know those answers, and quite frankly, most of us in America don’t know those answers. What I did see, hear and read is that a full investigation needs to take place to learn those specific facts in each of these incidents to determine the final outcome. With the incident in Baton Rouge, the Department of Justice has been brought in to conduct the investigation, in Minnesota, outside agencies are completing the investigation. For the sake of all involved, I hope there is a fair, thorough and complete investigation into both of these incidents. Prior to the conclusion of an investigation, we all, especially our community leaders, should be very careful about what we say or post as we do not know how it will impact others or cause others to act.
What we need now is patience. Patience to learn the true facts. Social Media has so much good, but it also can be taken advantage of and misused. Does that mean that community activists shouldn’t peaceably protest and speak their concerns? Absolutely not. They should, within the confines of our Constitution and laws that govern our land. That is what makes America great. But we also have to remember that for every opinion, there is most likely an opposite opinion. We have to remember how to communicate our opinions and allow others to do the same, hopefully coming to the point where can acknowledge the other’s perspective with respect. Thursday night in Dallas, with law enforcement support, a group of citizens wanted to express their opinions and rights. The Dallas Police Department and other agencies were there protecting the rights of citizens to voice their concerns, protecting them.
Tragically, a few individuals took advantage of this peaceful protest to willfully, purposefully and intentionally target and kill the very police that were there to protect the demonstration. Just like how we should not transfer the blame of a few officers’ actions across this country to all law enforcement, we should not transfer the blame of these individuals, to all of those involved in “Black Lives Matter” type groups or any other activist group trying to make change. This was the act of a few individuals, not all.
However, to compare the week’s earlier events to the events in Dallas is inappropriate. The act against the Dallas officers was a premeditated, ambush style attack based solely against law enforcement and specifically “white” officers as reported by Dallas Chief Brown. Though tragic (as the taking of any life is tragic) there is no evidence, at this time, to support the notion that the involved officers in Louisiana or Minnesota purposefully placed themselves in a position to shoot someone or premeditate a murder. Based on the suspects own admissions, according to Chief Brown, this was the suspect’s intent in Dallas. Thorough investigations will eventually provide clarity, and determine whether or not charges should be filed against the officers and/or the remaining suspects in Dallas.
What I do know is that there are approximately 18,000 law enforcement agencies across this country and I have the honor to lead one of them. I can say that I am blessed to serve in a city like Sparks and a region like the Truckee Meadows. The Sparks Police along with Reno, Washoe County, Washoe County School District Police, University of Nevada-Reno Police, the Nevada Highway Patrol and others have worked tirelessly to develop great working relationships with our minority leaders and activist groups. Even yesterday, before the events in Dallas, I was invited and will participate along with Reno Police and other law enforcement, to an event on Sunday, to speak with community members about the events that took place earlier this week and how WE as a community can implement solutions to prevent similar incidents to occur here.
I am not ashamed to say that “ALL lives matter.” One of our core values state that we will respect the inherit worth of ALL. As a society, we should do the same. It shouldn’t depend on the color of your skin, your place in a social-economic status or the fact that you are in law enforcement. I know that I, and the members of the Sparks Police are committed to serving our community with Honor, Pride and Privilege.
I would like to end with this. Since this morning, the amount of community support for the Sparks Police and law enforcement is humbling. Community leaders, businesses, the news media, but most importantly our citizens have e-mailed, texted, posted, or called expressing their thoughts and prayers for those in Dallas and our local police. Our breakroom is full of food, cards and donations expressing our community’s thanks for our police.
Thank you and together we can make Sparks, Reno and the Truckee Meadows an even better community for future generations. God Bless the United States of America, the State of Nevada, and the City of Sparks.
On July 4, 2016 shortly after 2 p.m.., Sparks Police officers responded to the report of an attempted robbery with a knife at the Target store, 1550 E. Lincoln Way.
When officers arrived on scene, they learned that Target loss prevention personnel had attempted to stop a suspect who was pushing a cart full of merchandise out of an emergency exit. When loss prevention personnel attempted to stop the suspect, he brandished a knife toward the loss prevention staff and fled the store. He was believed to have fled north into the Park Vista Apartment complex located at 565 Sparks Blvd. The merchandise was retained.
Approximately two hours later, officers responded to K-Mart, 2125 Oddie Blvd. on a very similar call. A suspect had taken undetermined items and was leaving the store when he was approached by loss prevention staff. When loss prevention approached, the suspect brandished a knife and fled the area. He ran south toward the Landsdowne House apartment complex, 1215 Sullivan Lane.
Officers were able to obtain surveillance photographs of the suspect, and they are attached to this release. The suspect is described as a black male adult in his 30s. He was wearing a black t-shirt, goatee and dark sunglasses. He is further described as being about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build, and his left arm has multiple tattoos.
Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to contact Sparks Police Detectives at 353-2225, or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
Sparks Police Department is working an injury accident at the intersection of McCarran Blvd and Greg St. Westbound Greg at Spice Island is currently closed. Please avoid the area until further notice.
On July 1st 2016, Sparks Police responded to 2121 Victorian Ave, The Rail City Casino, for a report of a victim who had his wallet stolen. During the investigation, it was learned that the 61 year old disabled male victim was gambling, when a black or Hispanic male waited for the victim to be distracted and stole the victim's wallet from his pocket. The victim was not injured and no threats were made to the victim. The suspect was last seen running eastbound from the casino.
The suspect is described as:
Tall light skin black male adult with possibly dyed reddish blonde hair, in his mid 20’s, wearing a "Los Angeles Angels" baseball hat and a blue dress type shirt which is buttoned to the collar and wrists with a gold in color chain worn on the outside of the dress shirt.
The Sparks Police Department is asking for assistance from the community with identifying the suspect from this incident. Anyone with information of the suspects identity is urged to contact the Sparks Police Detective Division at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
On July 1st 2016 between 04:00 am and 04:30 am, the victim who is 61 years old and disabled was gambling at the Rail City Casino located at 2121 Victorian Ave. While the victim was gambling the suspect who is on video, removed the victim’s wallet from the victim’s left front pocket and fled the casino east bound through the A-B alley to an unknown location.
Suspect description: Tall light skin black male adult with possibly dyed reddish blonde hair, in his mid 20’s, wearing a Angles baseball hat and a blue dress type shirt which is buttoned to the collar and wrists with a gold in color chain worn on the outside of the dress shirt.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Sparks Police Detectives at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at
On 11/04/15, a Deputy from the Washoe County Sheriff's Office was involved in a shooting while investigating a domestic violence incident in the 5500 block of Thorn Berry Court in Sun Valley. Gregory Kachman was shot and injured in that shooting. That investigation has been referred to the District Attorney's Office for review.
On 3/1/16, the victim from the original domestic case filed a report with the Sparks Police Department reporting she was being stalked by Gregory Kachman. Kachman's behavior continued over the last several months. The case was investigated by SPD detectives who collected evidence supporting the victim's allegations. On 6/29/16, Kachman was located and taken into custody by SPD detectives for an active misdemeanor warrant. Kachman was interviewed regarding the stalking case and served with a Temporary Protection Order.
Kachman was arrested for Aggravated Stalking.
Earlier this morning our agency was made aware of a Facebook post concerning a recent incident of an infant left in a vehicle that our officers investigated. This incident took place yesterday June 22, 2016. Our officers did respond, conduct an investigation and complete a criminal case. Below is a synopsis of the on-going case:
On June 22, 2016 at approx. 4:37pm, officers were called to Michaels at 165 N. Los Altos Pkwy. in Sparks on the report of an infant left unattended in a vehicle. Officers responded and met with the reporting person along with the mother of the infant. Officers interviewed the reporting person and the mother of the infant. Officers reviewed store video surveillance footage to determine the duration of time the infant was left unattended. Child Protective Services was also contacted. Photos were taken, and medics were summoned to evaluate the infant. Medical personnel determined the infant was not in distress, not dehydrated and all vital signs were normal. Child Protective Services will follow-up the mother, and the criminal case will be reviewed by the City Attorney.
We understand the dangers of leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle, and officers consider the facts, details and circumstances of each case, along with any potential evidence before making decisions to cite, arrest or submit a case for review. This is an active case, therefore specific details will not be released.
We do encourage and appreciate people for calling the police any time a child is left unattended in a vehicle.