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Ricardo Torres-Cortez

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Ricardo Torres-Cortez is a public safety reporter for the Las Vegas Sun. Though he was born in Mexico and lived in Texas, he considers the Las Vegas Valley home. He previously covered breaking news at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and started at the Sun after graduating from UNLV in December 2015.

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Woman arrested on murder count in child’s death
Friday, Sept. 13, 2019
A woman is facing a murder count in the death of a 5-year-old-girl whose body showed signs of abuse, according to Metro Police. Shevhaun Miller, 23, was booked Thursday without ...
Police: Elderly residents removed from unlicensed group home
Friday, Sept. 13, 2019
Authorities removed a dozen elderly people from an unlicensed group home Thursday in the east valley and arrested an employee on counts of abuse and neglect, according to Metro Police. Bruce K. Wycoff, 54, was ...
Boy, 10, hit by car, critically injured
Friday, Sept. 13, 2019
A 10-year-old boy suffered life-threatening injuries this morning when he was hit by a car in a crosswalk at Jones Boulevard and Arby Road, according to Metro Police. The boy was hit about ...
Nine hurt, 1 seriously, in hot air balloon mishap outside Las Vegas
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019
Nine people aboard a hot air balloon were injured this morning in a hard landing near Goodsprings, about 40 miles south of Las Vegas, according to ...
Suspect in ex-girlfriend’s slaying called possessive, jealous
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019
A man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend after she broke up with him was described by her family as “overly possessive and jealous” during a turbulent relationship ...
DUI defense attorney faces DUI count after crash
Friday, Aug. 30, 2019
A Las Vegas defense attorney who specializes in DUI cases was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after a crash early today, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. This is the third ...
Suspect in sledgehammer killing case held without bond
Friday, Aug. 30, 2019
A man accused of killing a woman with a sledgehammer was ordered held without bond today in what a prosecutor described as a “shocking and depraved” case of almost unspeakable violence. Las Vegas Justice Court ...
Police: Woman killed with sledgehammer at laundromat
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019
A woman was bludgeoned to death with a sledgehammer today at a central valley laundromat, and a suspect was in custody in what appeared to be a random attack ...
New funding to pay for upgrades on pair of U.S. 95 bridges
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019
Nevada was awarded about $10 million in federal money for upcoming improvements to the U.S. 95 bridges at Desert Inn Road and Eastern Avenue ...
Police searching for missing woman
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019
Metro Police say they are searching for a woman who went missing on Friday. Sharon Harrell, 53, was last seen near Durango Drive and ...
Police suspect fatal shooting was drug related
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019
Detectives suspect a slaying Tuesday at a downtown Las Vegas apartment complex was drug related, according to Metro Police. A woman in her mid-50s was shot multiple times through ...
Police say teen threatened to shoot up football game
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019
A teen was arrested on a count of making a terrorist threat after he posted on Facebook that he was going to shoot up a North Las Vegas high school football game, according to ...
Man charged in beating death of toddler on Nevada reservation
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019
Federal authorities allege that a man tasked with watching his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter earlier this year beat the toddler to death ...
Video shows man charge police with gun outside Laughlin casino
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019
Surveillance video from two Laughlin resorts shows a man putting a gun on the counter of two casino cages. But both times, his robbery attempts early Monday failed when ...
Off-duty Metro Police officer wounded in shootout
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019
An off-duty Metro Police officer and two other people were wounded in a shootout as the officer was trying to diffuse a disturbance late Wednesday in the north valley, authorities said. The officer was ...
Major bust takes down Aryan prison gang that terrorized Las Vegas, authorities say
Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019
Facing TV cameras and flanked by law enforcement representatives Wednesday, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Nevada took the podium to speak about a major development regarding “one of the most dangerous gangs” in the Las Vegas Valley.
Woman, 20, arrested in shooting death of roommate
Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019
A 20-year-old woman was arrested Monday on a murder count in the shooting death of her roommate, who was shot earlier this month, according to Metro Police. Maya Santos was being held without ...
3-month ramp closure starting at Losee, 215 Beltway
Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019
The Losee Road on- and off-ramps at the 215 Beltway in the far northeast valley will be shut down for construction starting tonight for the ...
Las Vegas man, 65, dies after car crash
Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019
A 65-year-old Las Vegas man died after a single-car crash in the west valley this morning, according to Metro Police. The crash occurred about ...
Man accused of hacking ATMs for $125,000
Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019
A man is accused of using a computer hack known as “jackpotting” to get ATMs at a Primm gas station to erroneously spit out some $125,000, according to the ...
Police searching for suspect in carjacking
Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019
Metro Police say they are searching for a suspect in a carjacking Wednesday morning in the north valley. Police released photos of the suspect today via Twitter. The incident happened about ...
Police think fatal shooting a case of self-defense
Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019
Homicide detectives think a man who allegedly shot and killed his roommate Monday in the northeast valley acted in self-defense, according to Metro Police. The man ...
Police: Suspect in attempted burglary shot in west valley
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019
A suspect in an attempted burglary was shot in the west valley this afternoon, according to Metro Police. Three people were trying to break into a house in the 9300 block of Desert Inn Road, near ...
Henderson Police: Boy, 15, shot by officer responding to robbery
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019
A suspect in a convenience store robbery who was shot by an officer Tuesday turned out to be an unarmed 15-year-old boy who was holding an undisclosed object and ...
Police seek dashcam video in road rage shooting case
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019
Homicide detectives continue to seek clues in a fatal shooting that stemmed from a road rage incident Monday night, Metro Police said. The victim, whose name still has not been released, was in ...
Suspect arrested in 2016 fatal shooting of bystander
Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019
Metro Police say they have arrested a suspect more than three years after a bystander was killed in a shootout between two groups at a west valley apartment complex. Henry Taylor, 37, was taken into custody ...
Presidential forum in Las Vegas a chance for candidates to attract undecided voters
Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019
Those in attendance at Saturday’s candidate forum at UNLV were much like the 19 Democratic presidential hopefuls taking the stage: They all had their own ideas about who could best run the country and ...
Man sought in Illinois fatal shooting arrested near Strip
Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019
A man accused of fatally shooting a woman in the head over the weekend in a rural Illinois town was arrested Wednesday in the Las Vegas area, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. Corey Cathey, 39, was taken into ...
More West Nile virus cases reported in Las Vegas area
Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019
Eleven people have been infected with West Nile virus in Clark County this year, most with a more severe form of the mosquito-borne illness, according to the ...
Three arrested in shooting of children in North Las Vegas, police say
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
In retaliation for a beating, the plan was to ring the doorbell of a North Las Vegas house where they believed the attacker lived and shoot anyone who answered the door, police said. So, on Nov. 17, two men and a woman pulled up to ...
Flash flood warning issued for southwest valley
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Parts of the southwest valley were under a flash flood warning as slow-moving storms produced heavy rain, hail and gusty winds this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. The warning was in ...
Police: Football coach arrested on child abuse, kidnapping counts
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
The Mojave High School head football coach has been arrested on counts of kidnapping, child abuse and sale of a controlled substance. Abraham Gonzalez ...
Police: Man who delayed reporting wife’s death faces murder count
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
A man who said he went to bed Sunday night and woke up to find his wife dead went to California and back before calling police Monday night, according to ...
Metro Police investigate 2 shootings at same apartment complex
Friday, July 26, 2019
Metro Police were investigating two shootings reported within a matter of few hours Thursday at the same west valley apartment complex. While officers were on the ...
Police: Man dies after getting into fistfight
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Metro Police homicide detectives are probing the death of a 26-year-old man they say died Wednesday night after a fistfight earlier in the day. Police found Thomas Nguyen, 26, of Las Vegas unconscious about ...
Police arrest man accused of exposing himself
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Metro Police have arrested a man they allege exposed his genitals to at least two people in the valley. Jackson Dunn, 19, was booked July 19 at the ...
Police ID suspect in fatal stabbing at park
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Metro Police today identified a suspect they allege fatally stabbed a woman Thursday in the bathroom at a park near Flamingo Road and Jones Boulevard. Liliani G. Pinto, 33, was booked today at ...
Teen missing after slaying found safe in Mexico
Thursday, July 25, 2019
A teen who disappeared in April after a slaying in Southern California has been found unharmed in Mexico, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. After the April 16 slaying of ...
One killed in crash involving semitruck and SUV
Thursday, July 25, 2019
One person was killed this afternoon in a crash involving a semitruck and a SUV near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. The crash was reported about ...
Thunderstorm prompts flash flood warning
Thursday, July 25, 2019
A flash flood warning was issued as a powerful thunderstorm moved through the south valley this afternoon, according to ...
Police: Man barricaded in southwest valley apartment
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Metro Police say they are working a barricade situation in a southwest valley neighborhood. The call initiated about 3:20 p.m. in the 9200 block of ...
Boy who claimed to be abandoned by family is found
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Metro Police have found a boy who went into a west valley business Tuesday morning to say that he'd been abandoned by his family ...
Suspects sought in theft of beer from delivery truck
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
North Las Vegas Police today released photos of two men they say stole beer from a delivery truck earlier this month. The incident occurred about 5:15 p.m. on July 2 in ...
Pilot in Mesquite crash landing denies drinking and flying
Friday, July 19, 2019
A pilot accused of being drunk when he crash-landed a jet in Mesquite on Wednesday told officers he didn’t “drink and fly” but chugged vodka after surviving the ...
Coroner IDs woman found dead near outdoor art exhibit
Friday, July 19, 2019
A woman whose charred remains were found on the Fourth of July near the Seven Magic Mountains art installation died from a gunshot wound to ...
Police: Driver accused of leaving crash scene arrested
Friday, July 19, 2019
A motorist accused of leaving the scene of a crash earlier this month has been arrested, according to Metro Police. Mitchell Magee, 27, was booked Thursday at the Clark County Detention Center on ...
Man found dead at Lake Mead
Thursday, July 18, 2019
A man’s body and an abandoned vehicle were found today at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, according to the National Park Service. The discovery was made shortly after ...
Pilot accused of flying while drunk after crash landing in Mesquite
Thursday, July 18, 2019
A pilot who survived a fiery crash landing at the Mesquite airport Wednesday night was arrested on suspicion of flying under the influence of alcohol, according to ...
Man targeted for robbery near Strip after meeting woman online
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
A woman schemed with three other people to rob a man she met online because she knew he would be carrying the $60 cash he agreed to pay her for ...
One person in custody after police standoff
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
One person was arrested today after a standoff with SWAT officers in a south valley neighborhood, according to Metro Police. SWAT officers and crisis negotiators were ...