The Washington Post

Suspect arrested in slaying of reporter

- — Praveena Somasundar­am and Lateshia Beachum

A suspect has been arrested in the fatal stabbing of Las Vegas Review-journal investigat­ive reporter Jeff German, police said Wednesday.

Las Vegas Metropolit­an Police Lt. Jeff Goodwin declined to provide further informatio­n, but the announceme­nt came after the Review-journal and other news outlets reported that the home of Clark County Public Administra­tor Robert Telles, who had been the subject of recent stories by German, was searched by authoritie­s.

Local media reported an hours-long standoff outside Telles’s home Wednesday. Videos posted online showed SWAT team members outside the official’s home and an individual being carried into an ambulance on a stretcher.

German, 69, was found dead outside his home Saturday morning with stab wounds after police received a report from a person who said a neighbor had died, the newspaper reported.

An SUV and a second vehicle were towed from Telles’s property on Wednesday afternoon, the Review-journal reported.

On Tuesday, authoritie­s released photos and video of a maroon vehicle suspected to be linked to German’s death.

When reporters approached Telles outside his garage and asked for comments, he walked away without responding. Requests for comment to multiple numbers listed for Telles were not immediatel­y returned.

Telles, 45, had been the focus of German’s reporting this year, which examined the official and claims of intimidati­on and an inappropri­ate relationsh­ip with a staffer.

In tweets from June, Telles called German a “bully” and criticized at his reporting.

Telles (D) lost his reelection bid in June’s primary election after German’s findings were published, according to the Review-journal.

For more than three decades, German worked in Las Vegas, first at the Las Vegas Sun and then the Review-journal, covering courts, politics and organized crime.

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