Update Armed Robbery
| Case #17-5814
Type of Incident: Update Armed Robbery
Date and Time of Incident: 7-6-17 @ 1417 hours
Location: 1100 Nugget Ave.
***Update July 12, 2017*** Armed Robbery & Child Endangerment
We still need your help to identify and locate an Armed Robbery suspect, the child seen with the suspect and the stolen vehicle.
On July 6th, 2017 at 2:17pm, a 75-year-old female reported being robbed at gunpoint after parking her car at 1100 Nugget Ave. An unknown black male adult armed with a handgun approached the victim demanding money and car keys. The victim complied. The suspect was accompanied by a child described as a black female, hair in pigtails and about 8 years of age, wearing a dark yellow dress. The suspect instructed the child to get in the vehicle, and the suspect drove away with the child in the victim’s car northbound on Pyramid highway.
Officers and detectives were unable to determine if there was any relationship between the child and suspect; therefore, an Amber Alert was issued to notify the public at large and law enforcement agencies. This information was sent out regionally, state-wide, 11 western states, to the Northern Nevada Regional Intelligence Center and local broadcasters for dissemination.
Detectives have viewed hours of video from various locations and continue to do so. The child and suspect have been traced back to the area of Glendale Ave. and Rock Blvd before the robbery. They were walking hand in hand at that time. Detectives traced the listed stolen vehicle to the area of Victorian Ave. and Kietzkie Lane after the armed robbery occurred at the Nugget Casino.
Based on reported information and after watching video surveillance footage, detectives surmise there is some relationship between the child and the suspect. The Amber Alert intended to notify and raise awareness of this case to our public and law enforcement agencies has been lifted. The case information has been published online, shared via social media, entered into the National Crime Information database and flyers have been handed out.
Presently, Sparks Police detectives have exhausted the numerous leads received from the public, regardless, this case remains a priority for the Sparks Police. Detectives continue to develop leads and follow-up information developed concerning the identity and whereabouts of the child, suspect and stolen vehicle. There is no other information to release at this time. Case updates will be provided as they become available.
Call 911 if you see the vehicle, suspect or child. Call Sparks Police directly with any information concerning this case:
Detectives during business hours (775) 353-2225
Dispatch 24-hour (775) 353-2231
Secret Witness: (775) 322-4900
Suspect– black male adult, approx. 28-35 years old, thin moustache, about 6’0 tall, thin build, wearing a Dallas Cowboys jersey. *Armed with a handgun*
Child– possibly black or possibly Hispanic female, about 8 years old, hair in pigtails, wearing a dark yellow dress.
Vehicle– 2013 Nissan Altima, maroon in color, Nevada license 92F424
***Update***July 10, 2017***
Sparks, NV ~ The Sparks Police need your help to solve this case and locate the child. Detectives continue to develop and follow-up leads in this case. We need your help to identify the suspect and child. Anyone with information concerning this case is urged to call Sparks Police Dispatch 775-353-2231 or Secret Witness 775-322-4900. Detectives are working to identity the suspect and locate the child. Attached is a composite sketch of the suspect in this case.
The Sparks Police Department is actively working leads in this case. The attached pictures are of the actual vehicle. The vehicle is still outstanding. The whereabouts of the child and suspect are still unknown. We will put out more information as it becomes available. Thank you.
***End of Update***
At 2:17 p.m., the Sparks Police Department received a report of a carjacking. A 75 year-old female had just parked her 2013 Maroon Nissan Altima with Nevada plate 92F424 in a parking space when she was approached by a black male adult. The suspect produced a handgun and demanded money and her car keys. The victim complied and noticed a child standing near the suspect. The child is described as a black female with her hair in pig tails and about 8 years of age. The child was wearing a dark yellow dress, and appeared scared.
Once the victim exited her vehicle the suspect instructed the child to get into the car. The suspect was last seen driving the victim’s vehicle north on Pyramid Highway.
The suspect is described as a 28 to 35-year old black male with a thin mustache and thin, 6 foot build. He was wearing a dark blue shirt with a Dallas Cowboys emblem on the front of the shirt and blue jeans.
The victim believed the child may have a relationship to the suspect based upon the interaction between the suspect and the child but that has not been established.
Anyone with information as to the identity of the child, the suspect or their location is asked to immediately contact the Sparks Police Department.
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