“We are outraged that a colleague was apparently killed for reporting on an elected official. Journalists feared that presenting facts could lead to violent reprisals. If we do, we will not be able to do the important work our community needs,” the paper reported. Editor-in-Chief Glenn Cook said in a statement Wednesday.
Telles is being held on suspicion of murder and is expected to appear in court on Thursday afternoon, Clark County Jail records online show. Telles has not been publicly linked to the German’s death by police. CNN has reached out to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department and Telles’ office and is working to determine Telles’ legal representation.
Police are expected to provide an update on the investigation on Thursday.
Uniformed officers and a police vehicle were seen outside Telles’ home on Wednesday, according to local media reports. Las Vegas police confirmed that officers had issued a search warrant in connection with the German’s death, but did not immediately provide additional information.
Telles denied the reports, said The Review-Journal. Mr. Telles won his first election in 2018 and lost in June’s Democratic primary, seeking re-election.
“The arrest of Robert Telles is both a great relief and an outrage to The Review Journal’s newsroom,” Cook said Wednesday.
“We are grateful to the Las Vegas Police Department for their immediate recognition of the urgency and hard work and the horrific gravity of Jeff’s murder. Now, the Review Journal, the German family, and Jeff’s many friends, I hope we can begin the process of remembering and honoring a great man and brave reporter Godspeed, Jeff.”
the police called for the help of the citizens
According to Las Vegas police, the suspect “may have covered the area to commit other crimes before the murder occurred.” Surveillance images of a person wearing a bright orange shirt and wide-brimmed hat, as well as photos of what is believed to be a maroon GMC SUV, have been released.
A German colleague reviewing Google Maps noticed a maroon SUV in Telles’ driveway that looked similar in appearance to a photo released by authorities, said Arthur, a Review Journal reporter who worked in Germany. Kane said.
“The police came down and started roping and searching the house,” Kane told CNN’s Erin Barnett on Wednesday. The SUV was registered to Telles’ wife, Kane said, and the car was taken away by investigators.
CNN’s Amir Vera, Jamiel Lynch, Nick Watt, Chuck Johnston, Elizabeth Joseph, Hannah Sullison and Satyam Kaswara contributed to this report.