Las Vegas police warn to avoid area in northeast valley due to uptick in violent crime

Published: Sep. 9, 2022 at 8:35 AM PDT|Updated: Sep. 9, 2022 at 3:39 PM PDT
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shared a warning on Facebook Friday morning in which it urged residents to avoid an area in the northeast valley due to an uptick in crime.

In the post, LVMPD’s Northeast Area Command urged residents to “avoid congregating and hanging out in the desert area at the intersection of Lake Mead Boulevard and Arnona Road. The post says the area is “otherwise known as The Saddle.”

According to police, there has been an “uptick in violent events at this location, particularly at night.”

The department said they’ve received reports of illegal shootings, robberies and other crimes.

“Our station is aware of the appeal this area attracts and we will be conducting extra patrol. Keep yourself safe and find other places to hang out!”

Many homes surround the area where police are urging people to stay away. One homeowner said her car has been broken into numerous times.

“Really not safe,” said homeowner Stephanie Ayala. “Especially in my area it is not safe.”

For two years, Ayala has lived in a neighborhood near Lake Mead Blvd. and Arnona. She said things are not the same as they were when she first moved in.

“So behind us, it is Lake Mead, and it is all dirt, and it is a mountain, and they do a lot of drifting and then next to us there is a park, and they like to drift around there too,” said Ayala.

Ayala said not only does she hear and see this happening throughout the night, but has also had her car broken into during the nighttime hours

“Our truck got stolen not too long ago,” said Stephanie Ayala. “So, it does get crazy up here.”

Metro sent out a message warning people to avoid the area due to shootings and a recent armed robbery.

“A lot of people on the side of the on the street parked, drinking or fighting.”

Ayala hopes Metro will increase their presence in the area.

“Be out there more,” said Ayala. “Like I said, I am not someone professional that can be like you are stealing but I do see a lot.”

Metro said they will be increasing their patrols, especially at night.