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Elected official who was subject of Las Vegas reporter’s stories arrested in journalist’s death

Elected official who was subject of Las Vegas reporter’s stories arrested in journalist’s death

“The arrest of Robert Telles is at once an enormous relief and an outrage for the Review-Journal newsroom,” Executive Editor Glenn Cook said in a statement Wednesday night. “We are relieved Robert Telles is in custody and outraged that a colleague appears to have been killed for reporting on an elected official. Journalists can’t do the important work our communities require if they are afraid a presentation of facts could lead to violent retribution.”

Police released surveillance video showing a possible suspect wearing a wide straw hat and a bright orange reflective long-sleeve shirt.

The potential assailant appeared to be driving a red GMC Yukon, authorities said.

Police cordoned off a block of Spanish Steps Lane and hauled away what appeared to be a red SUV from a home. Telles has a listed address in the 9600 block of Spanish Steps Lane.

Telles could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon. A call into his Clark County office, which oversees the estates of people who die without legal next of kin, bounced to an after-hours answering service.

Telles lost a narrow race for his job in June, when he was ousted in the Democratic primary. He captured 35,279 votes, or 32.4%, finishing just behind one of his top deputies, Rita Reid, who had 37,401 votes, or 34.3%.

Telles was openly hostile at German for publishing reports about bullying and favoritism in his office, the Review-Journal reported.

David K. Li is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.

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