LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Las Vegas Metro Police Department updated the public on an investigation into what they are calling a “thrill killing.” It was a violent crime that happened last week near Decatur Boulevard and Sahara Avenue.
According to Metro Lt. Ray Spencer, the investigation revealed two events that appear to have been perpetrated by the same suspect happened 400 yards apart.
Through the course of the investigation, homicide detectives identified 21-year-old Noah Green as the suspect in these crimes.
“We believe we have taken a very dangerous person off of the streets, and we believe that he would have committed the crime of murder again had it not been for the action of this agency.
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Spencer said an early morning jogger discovered a man’s body on a sidewalk July 13 in central Las Vegas, near Pennwood Avenue near Decatur Boulevard.
According to Spencer, the jogger saw the body around 5:15 a.m. as he was heading out for a run but thought it was a homeless person asleep on the sidewalk.
When the man was returning from his jog, he went by the victim and noticed what appeared to be a gunshot wound. He then contacted the police around 5:26 a.m.
Responding officers located the victim, and medical personnel pronounced him deceased at the scene, according to the investigation.
The coroner’s office has identified the victim as 48-year-old Brent Lloyd. His death was ruled a homicide, caused by a gunshot wound of the head.
In addition, Green was also suspected of committing another shooting two days later in the same general area as the homicide. In that case, a 66-year-old man was out walking his dog when he was approached by Green, who allegedly shot him in the chest at very close range.
That victim is currently in critical condition.
During the course of the investigation, homicide detectives discovered surveillance video that captured the murder and violent crime. After reviewing the footage, they believe both attacks were completely unprovoked.
On Monday morning, police canvased the area looking for witnesses and found none.
Authorities observed the suspect in video surveillance from an apartment complex north of where the homeless man was found.
On Wednesday, investigators canvased for additional video and received a tip from a person in the area who felt they recognized the male as someone who lived in the aparment complex police identified on Monday.
They then started to investigate this person as a potential suspect on Wednesday afternoon.
On Thursday morning, Capt. Connell of Spring Valley Area Command (SVAC) informed Spencer of a male involved in a shooting late Wednesday night, and that it appeared to be an unprovoked attack.
Detectives from SVAC continued to review details of that attempted murder investigation and felt it was related to the earlier investigation by Spencer and another Sergeant of the homeless man’s murder.
Both agencies conducted surveillance on the person of interest Thursday evening at the apartment complex, and the suspect was identified as Green. They observed Green exhibiting suspicious behavior.
When officers eventually took Green into custody, they recovered a gun in a paper bag in the Green’s right pocket. At this time, the agencies did not have enough to charge Green in either case.
After obtaining a search warrant, the digital forensics team discovered video on Green’s phone of both the homeless person being murdered unprovoked and the unprovoked shooting of the man walking his dog.
Spencer called the videos “absolutely disturbing.”
On July 18, SVAC officers and detectives assisted homicide detectives in taking Green into custody. Green was booked into the Clark County Detention Center for:
- One count of open murder with the use of a deadly weapon
- One count of attempted murder
Spencer thanked the men and women of the agencies involved in this investigation. “This could not have been possible without the help of the citizens that we came in contact with who provided the initial information with Mr. Green as being a suspect, and also the tireless work by the LVMPD Homicide Section, Spring Valley Area Command and their detectives and flex team, and the digital forensic investigators along with our criminalistic section,” added Spencer.
Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section by phone at (702) 828-3521, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555, or on their website.