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Video has emerged of a past arrest of a Democrat politician who has been accused of murdering a journalist.
The video shows Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles slurring his words as he was being arrested on March 1, 2020, The Daily Mail reported.
It came when police were called after he allegedly grabbed his wife by the neck and hit her arm after they came back from the Bellagio casino.
“You guys just wanna take me down because I’m a public official,” he said to the police and shouted at them to “kill me.”
The footage shows Telles slurring his words as officers walk him outside his suburban home in handcuffs and shove him in the backseat of a police car.
‘Can anyone tell me who I hit?’ Telles said repeatedly as police detained him. ‘Because I didn’t hit anybody?’
Telles added, ‘You guys just want to take me down because I’m a public official.’
‘No we don’t,’ an officer responded to the county official as Telles proceeded to deny the abuse allegations. Telles continues to repeat the ‘public official’ as he’s bundled into a police cruiser.
The arrest occurred more than two years before Telles was arrested for the September 3 murder of Jeff German, a journalist with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, who exposed the official’s affair with another woman that worked in his office.
The official was arrested for murder after DNA samples from under German’s fingernails matched his.
Telles was arrested and charged with murder in the stabbing death of Las Vegas Review Journal reporter Jeff German, whose stories about him are believed to have contributed to Telles’ defeat in the primary, The Las Vegas Review Journal reported.
“The arrest of Robert Telles is at once an enormous relief and an outrage for the Review-Journal newsroom,” Glenn Cook, the newspaper’s executive editor said. “We are relieved 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. We thank Las Vegas police for their urgency and hard work and for immediately recognizing the terrible significance of Jeff’s killing. Now, hopefully, the Review-Journal, the German family and Jeff’s many friends can begin the process of mourning and honoring a great man and a brave reporter.”
The break in the case happened when police shared video of a car associated with the suspect, a red or maroon GMC Yukon Denali.
The day after that video was shown, Review Journal reporters spotted Telles in his driveway next to a car that matched that description.
The GMC vehicle and a second vehicle were towed from Telles’ property at about 12:50 p.m. on Wednesday.
Attempts to reach Telles for comment on Wednesday were not successful. When he arrived home at about 2:20 p.m., he was wearing what appeared to be a white hazmat suit. He did not respond to reporters’ questions as he entered his garage and closed the door.
Later, police arrived in tactical gear and surrounded the home while Telles remained inside. The area was again cordoned off with yellow tape.
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German, 69, was found stabbed to death outside of his home on September 3, but is believed to have been murdered the day prior to his finding.
On Wednesday Las Vegas Metropolitan Police confirmed that they issued a search warrant and descended on the home of Telles, The New York Daily News reported.
Telles, 45, lost a primary in June shortly after German wrote a series of stories for the paper regarding the hostile work environment at Telles’ office, which included bullying and an “inappropriate relationship” with a staffer.
Telles repeatedly denied the allegations on social media and his re-election website.
After police released surveillance footage of a vehicle tied to the attack, a red or maroon GMC Yukon Denali, a car matching the description was spotted in Telles’ driveway, the Review-Journal reported on Tuesday.
“On September 3, at approximately 10:33 a.m., LVMPD Dispatch received a call of an unresponsive man outside of a residence located in the 7200 block of Bronze Circle. Arriving officers and medical personnel pronounced the victim deceased at the scene,” The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said in a press release.