Metro police make arrest in sexual assault in northwest valley

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro police said Wednesday they have made an arrest in a March 8 sexual assault in the northwest valley.

Laparese Jones, 18, has been arrested in the case, according to Metro Lt. Richard Meyers, who is in charge of Metro’s sex crimes bureau.

Jones is in custody in the Clark County Detention Center. He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday at 9 a.m.

The charges against Jones are:

  • Sexual assault
  • Battery by strangulation to commit sexual assault
  • Battery with intent to commit sexual assault
  • Attempted kidnapping
  • Destroy/conceal evidence

Jones was arrested near Vegas Drive and Rainbow Boulevard. The sexual assault occurred in the area near Lake Mead Boulevard and Torrey Pines Avenue last week.

Meyers said Metro knocked on about 1,000 doors during the investigation, and credited the community for helping in the case.

He said police are still receiving tips in the case, and he urged the public to contact police if there are additional victims.

Meyers noted the difficulty of “stranger sexual assaults,” and the fear they put into communities. He said the victim was approached while she was walking her dog. The assailant tried to strangle her before sexually assaulting her.

Meyers also encouraged the public to go online and let police know if they have home security cameras that can be used in the investigation of such crimes. Metro’s “Vegas SafeCam” program helps police identify where they might be able to get video in investigations, eliminating hours of work to canvass neighborhoods in some cases.

Tips can be left anonymously by contacting CrimeStoppers at 702-385-5555 or online.

Laparese Jones (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

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