Las Vegas Crime Round Up: Suspected Prostitute Allegedly Steals $25K, Rolex at Cosmopolitan
On August 22, Jaydn Nicole Edwards was charged with theft, conspiracy to commit theft, and a probation violation for the incident. She was booked at the Clark County Detention Center where she remained as of Wednesday.
Her probation status will be addressed in a court hearing next week.
Police revealed Edwards and another woman, identified as Quansae Rutlegde, went to a hotel room at The Cosmopolitan accompanied by three men on September 9, 2021.
Once there, they ate and drank alcohol. Then one of the men asked another man to take his $25K in cash, a check for $35,000, and the Rolex to his sister’s hotel room for safekeeping, Las Vegas TV station KLAS reported.
The man agreed. He put the money and watch into his pants’ pocket. But when he got into the hallway, one of the women propositioned him and they went into the hotel room.
He took off his pants and left them on the hotel room floor. The two had sex and the man fell asleep.
He later woke up. When the man, who gave him the cash and watch, asked about the items, they soon realized they were missing. Local police were notified.
Edwards and Rutlegde were later identified as suspects after police checked hotel surveillance video and located their fingerprints at the property.
Theft Was ‘Trick Roll’
Officers realized the theft was part of a scheme. Theft by a prostitute following sex is known as a “trick roll,” according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) officers.
Rutlegde was charged with theft and conspiracy to commit theft.
LVMPD officers also did a background check on Edwards. She previously was arrested for prostitution, theft, and trespassing, according to KLAS.
In March, under a deal she pled guilty to attempted grand larceny, the report added.
Jealous Man Allegedly Takes Part in Murder for Hire
A 45-year-old contractor was arrested recently after it was revealed he allegedly paid an undercover cop to kidnap and kill one man and murder another.
The first intended victim was having sex with the suspect’s wife, the man claimed.
On August 23, Mario Valdez was charged with solicitation to commit murder and soliciting to commit kidnapping or arson, according to Las Vegas TV station KLAS.
He remained in custody at the Clark County Detention Center as of Wednesday. His bail was set at $20K. He is scheduled to appear in court next month.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) initially got involved in the case on August 16. That is when a Metro detective was told by a confidential informant that Valdez asked that a man be kidnapped and murdered in exchange for cash, KLAS reported.
As part of the police investigation, an undercover officer posed as a hitman. He met with Valdez and said he would kill the intended target — who was described as Valdez’s ex-employee — in exchange for an initial $4K payment, with a later payment of $2K.
Valdez told the undercover cop to ask the intended target about a chain and jewelry — and if he had sex with his wife, police said.
Valdez also wanted the killer to threaten to castrate genitals on the victim’s son so the victim would tell the truth, according to KLAS.
“The [undercover officer] asked specifically how he wanted the murder to happen and if he wanted him to cut off one of the victim’s ears to give to Valdez as a keepsake,” according to a Metro arrest report.
Valdez replied he would like an ear but would not want to be contacted during the act due to concern of it being traced, meaning the murder could be tracked back to Valdez.”
Valdez also wanted the murder-for-hire killing recorded, police said.
The victim’s family included relatives in Mexico, and Valdez suggested to the undercover cop they could be harmed.
It turns out the intended target of the killing had left the United States.
To Look Like Robbery
Valdez later told the undercover cop he also wanted him to murder the second man. It was unclear why Valdez wanted the second victim dead.
But Valdez wanted “the homicide to look like a robbery gone wrong,” police said.
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