weather icon Clear

NCSO investigating an excessive use of force complaint

A robbery investigation has led to a complaint of alleged excessive use of force leveled at the Nye County Sheriff’s Office.

As stated in a video news release, the May 10 incident occurred the following day along Frontage Road, after a Walmart loss prevention employee reported that a man identified as Alexander Bautista, 25, who was previously trespassed from Walmart, was found inside the store allegedly attempting to steal merchandise.

“When loss prevention staff attempted to stop him, he reportedly elbowed the staff member in the chest before leaving the store,” the release stated. “Deputies were unable to locate Bautista on that date, and reviewed surveillance footage of the incident. On Monday, May 11th, Bautista was located by a motor deputy on Frontage Road.”

The sheriff’s office released body cam footage of the incident, where a sheriff’s office deputy attempted to speak to Bautista, who was walking along Frontage Road.

The deputy was heard asking Bautista where he was going, where the suspect was heard to reply a destination which he referred to as “Twerlo.”

The deputy asked Bautista “what’s that, and where are you going?”

Bautista then replied, “How come you don’t know what is that?”

“I’m just not familiar with it,” the deputy said.

After responding “oh sure,” Bautista ignored the deputy’s request to “stay here.”

As Bautista continued to walk away, the deputy could be heard telling dispatch that the suspect was walking away.

“Alexander, stay here, stay here, stop,” the deputy was heard saying.

At that point, the deputy activated the horn on his motorcycle, as he continued to request Bautista to stop walking away at least a half-dozen times.

During that time, the deputy advised a second responding officer to proceed across Highway 160, near a local business, where he had a visual on Bautista.

The deputy then tells Bautista that he was going to go to jail if he did not stop.

As he continued the pursuit, the deputy informed Bautista that he was under arrest, and again ordered him to stop walking, as he continued to sound his horn as well as his siren, as Bautista kept walking away.

The deputy, who then got off of his motorcycle could be seen pursuing Bautista on foot.

Once both deputies caught up to Bautista the body-cam footage showed that the suspect began to struggle and refused to obey commands to get on his stomach.

Following the struggle, the deputies were eventually able to place Bautista in handcuffs, where he was transported to the Nye County Detention Center.

Bautista was arrested on suspicion of robbery, resisting, and battery on a protected person.

It should also be noted that excessive force complaint came from a concerned citizen.

The news release however, did not state whether the citizen witnessed the incident in its entirety.

Contact reporter Selwyn Harris at sharris@pvtimes.com. On Twitter: @pvtimes

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Lawsuit against expanded mail-in voting dismissed

Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske’s motion to dismiss a complaint by President Trump’s campaign over the state’s expanded mail-in voting was granted Friday by the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada.

Annual plan for Pahrump’s Lakeview Golf Course presented

In December of 2017, the Nye County Commission narrowly approved the purchase of Lakeview Executive Golf Course, and while the financials involved with running the course have seen some improvement since that acquisition was made, the operation is not quite on par with some commissioners’ expectations.

Sisolak recall petition signing locations

The Battle Born Patriots, a recently launched political action committee seeking to recall Gov. Steve Sisolak, released a list of multiple signing locations around Pahrump and the greater Nye County area.

No new citations issued for COVID noncompliance

Improved business compliance with required health and safety measures implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19 led to no new citations being issued by the state Division of Industrial Relations during the week of Sept. 7.

Extension wants to match small businesses with help

This week’s University of Nevada, Reno Extension town hall and webinar will help small business owners learn about organizations that exist to help them grow.

Event aims at boosting rural entrepreneurship in state

The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development is partnering with StartUpNV, Entrepreneur’s Assembly, Northeastern Nevada Regional Development Authority, business leaders and other government entities, in a new statewide initiative to foster entrepreneurship in Nevada’s smaller cities and towns.

Nevada gets $47 million in federal highway funds

The Nevada Department of Transportation has secured $46.8 million in additional federal highway spending authority for statewide road projects through the redistribution of Federal Highway Administration fiscal year-end funds. It marks the largest amount of such funds obtained by Nevada in a single year.

Sisolak orders flags to fly at half-staff to honor Ginsburg

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered the U.S. flag and state flag t0 be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol and state public buildings and grounds to honor Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday.

USDA extends waivers for WIC benefits during COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday announced the extension of more than a dozen waivers ensuring participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children continue receiving the food and health support they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.