Another violent valley weekend: Two homicides under investigation

Both suspects now under arrest

Mitch Kelly
October 26, 2020 - 6:37 am

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Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) - A unwelcomed trend continued over the weekend, with the valley seeing two more homicides.

The more recent case involved a killing at a taco shop in North Las Vegas on Sunday night. 

Police say a homeless man entered the restaurant near Las Vegas Boulevard and Lamb and went around asking customers for food and money. One of the employees then escorted the person out of the business.

Investigators say once outside, the homeless man pulled out a knife and stabbed the worker to death. Police say the man with the knife was often seen hanging out around the restaurant. The suspect was arrested a short time later, only identified at this point as a man in his 20s. The identity of the restaurant worker hasn't been made public

Meanwhile, police say they've detained the driver of a van they say was involved in the death of a bicyclist Sunday morning near Sahara and Hollywood.

Investgators say two men in their late teens or early 20s were in a minivan that pulled up alongside a bicyclist. The man in the passenger seat leaned over and pushed the bicyclist over, causing a woman in her 50s to crash. That woman died at the scene. 

Police say the man that did the pushing fell out of the van while committing the act, skid on the pavement for a couple of hundred feet, then slammed into a pole. He was also pronounced dead.

Monday morning, police said they were holding a man thought to be the driver. 22 year-old Rodrigo Cruz was booked Sunday on charges of murder and violation of parole 

Anyone with more information on either event is urged to call police. if you wish to remain anonymous, you can use Crimestoppers (702-385-5555, www.crimestoppersofnv.com).