Las Vegas police: Maintenance worker among 3 killed at west valley apartment
UPDATE (June 28) -- Las Vegas police on Wednesday identified the suspect in the deaths of three people at a west valley apartment as Spencer McDonald, 30.
In court Wednesday, McDonald was ordered to be held without bond.
Original story continues below.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - A man allegedly killed a maintenance worker and two others at an apartment complex in the west valley Tuesday morning.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said at approximately 9:03 a.m. LVMPD Dispatch received a report of a male bleeding from the head saying he was attacked in the 9100 block of West Flamingo Road, near El Capitan.
According to Homicide Lt. Jason Johansson, officers initially responded to a report of a stabbing near the leasing office at the Rancho De Montana apartments. Police said a Hispanic male maintenance worker in his 50s was bleeding from the head.
The suspect involved reportedly ran through the leasing office and toward Flamingo Road before he was caught by officers. Lt. Johansson said the suspect was carrying a sledgehammer-like weapon.
Police said the suspect was connected with an apartment in the complex. They found a woman and two men dead inside the apartment, Lt. Johansson said.
Lt. Johansson said that prior to the incident, maintenance had been called to the apartment for a welfare check at the request of the leasing office. It’s not clear at this time why the check was called for. The suspect then attacked the maintenance workers, police said. One of the workers escaped, but police said the other worker was killed, a man in his 40s.
Police also found a man in his 40s and a woman in her 80s in the bedroom. Lt. Johansson said police are still investigating how they may be related to the suspect. The Clark County Coroner’s Office will identify the victims once next of kin is notified.
Police didn’t release the identity of the suspect, just identified him as a man in his 30s.
Neighbors are shocked, with multiple telling FOX5 this is an otherwise safe neighborhood.
“The reason we moved to Spring Valley was to hopefully purchase a home in a year or two,” Rancho de Montana resident Vincent Quezada said.
Another man, who wished to remain anonymous, told FOX5 he lives in the apartment next to the crime scene. He described the suspect.
“I just happened to see him in the neighborhood when I first moved here,” the man explained. “He just seemed a little disturbed. Probably medicated. But there was something odd about him. I don’t know where he lived. He was just walking around the neighborhood at all times of the night, not really bothering anybody.”
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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