Constable's Office officer misses body in apartment
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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
A Las Vegas man is behind bars at Clark County Detention Center, accused in the slaying of his boyfriend. An officer with the Las Vegas Township Constable's Office sent to serve him with an eviction notice missed the body of his alleged victim.
Police arrested Alexander Allen, 36, on Monday and charged him with murder.
Metro police were called to an apartment near Harmon Avenue and Decatur Boulevard on Feb. 8 in response to the discovery of a body. Officers discovered the wrapped body of Conrad Barrios.
It turned out that earlier in the day, Constable Sgt. Daniel Scott McWilliams was at the unit with a maintenance worker and landlord to evict the occupants.
According to Allen's arrest report, when McWilliams and the others arrived, Allen was home and appeared nervous. When McWilliams found a bedroom door to be locked, he asked Allen if he could enter the room, to which Allen said 'no.'
When McWilliams asked the landlord and maintenance worker for help opening the door, Allen ran out the open front door and fled on foot.
When McWilliams entered the bedroom, he secured the window and noticed a dog in the room, but nothing suspicious. What he missed was a bundle of bedding on the floor and bag that contained the body of Barrios.
The body was later discovered by the maintenance worker, who was in the bedroom with an animal control officer.
Detectives said the body was bound with computer cables and wrapped in several layers of material. While investigating, detectives also discovered large amounts of blood in the bathroom and bedroom. They also found a hammer wrapped in a towel on the bathroom vanity. The hammer later tested positive for blood. The shower curtain had been ripped down and was found lying in the tub.
Detectives also located a blood-stained candleholder in the bedroom.
The coroner's office determined Barrios' cause of death as strangulation with contributing blunt force injuries of the head and neck, a homicide.
Metro police said Allen and Barrios were in a dating relationship and had lived at the apartment since January.
Allen is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Wednesday.
County Commissioner Steve Sisolak said this incident further demonstrates dysfunction inside the Las Vegas Constable's Office, which is already under review.
"There's clearly a lack of training and/or oversight if this would happen. We're not talking about missing something little, this is a dead body," Sisolak said.
When FOX5 reached out to the Las Vegas Constable's Office for comment, the office declined, explaining that they will not comment on an ongoing Metro homicide investigation.
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