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Las Vegas murder suspect, victim sold drugs out of vacant dwelling; shooter says he was looking for dog

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A 28-year-old man dealing with a murder cost within the taking pictures dying of a person at a vacant dwelling final week advised detectives he was looking for a lacking dog after police arrested him at a second vacant dwelling.

Reynaldo Cabrera Alvarez, 23, of Las Vegas, was killed within the taking pictures on March 14 within the 1400 block of Newport Street close to Pecos Road and Owens Avenue, police mentioned.

According to police, Alvarez arrived at a vacant home within the neighborhood to satisfy Jose Venegas, 28. The pair then grew to become concerned in an altercation that led to a taking pictures.

According to police, Alvarez and Venegas sold drugs from the deserted dwelling.

Alvarez was discovered within the driveway of the house, police mentioned. As half of their investigation, detectives situated a number of cellphones and video from a rideshare car close by.

“Venegas and Alvarez conduct ‘business’ together or sell narcotics from an abandoned residence,” police wrote in an arrest report. “Two days prior to the shooting, Alvarez gave Venegas an unknown amount of methamphetamine. Venegas didn’t have the money and owed Alvarez.”

The day of the taking pictures, Venegas known as Alvarez, saying “his cousin took off with his money and drugs.” Venegas advised Alvarez he would decide him up and look for the cousin, however Alvarez declined and mentioned he would stroll to the home.

Two days after the murder, police in North Las Vegas responded to a vacant dwelling. A automotive, believed to be concerned within the murder, was parked within the vacant dwelling’s storage.

As detectives investigated the circumstances of that decision, Venegas pulled up in one other car and was taken into custody, police mentioned.

When chatting with detectives, Venegas mentioned he had gone to the home to look for a lacking dog. He mentioned a battle ensued with a person and that “the [man] had shot himself during the altercation.”

In a later interview, Venegas advised investigators he “didn’t kill anyone.”

Venegas faces one cost of open murder.

Court information present Veneges has a historical past of gun-related costs, relationship again to at the least 2013.

In 2014, he pleaded responsible to costs of battery with the use of a lethal weapon and assault with a lethal weapon for a July 2013 taking pictures. As a convicted felon, he was then banned from ever proudly owning a gun.

Judge Elissa Cadish sentenced Veneges to a minimal of three years in jail.

In 2019, he pleaded responsible to a cost of making an attempt to personal or possess a firearm by a prohibited particular person and was sentenced to jail for a year.

He was once more charged with an try and personal a gun in 2021. In January, Judge Christy Craig suspended jail time and sentenced him to 2 years probation, information confirmed.

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