A man shot dead in front of a convenience store; Second man forced to drive, police say
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas police say a distinctive rosary tattoo with a cross led them to a shooting and kidnapping suspect named Jesus.
Jesus Colmenares, 29, faces charges of battery with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, assault and possession or possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, records show.
On March 18, police responded to reports of a person being shot at a convenience store on Valley View Boulevard between Sahara Avenue and Desert Inn Road, they said. Responding officers found the victim with multiple gunshot wounds to his legs, they said.
The shooting victim said he was “walking…to a friend’s house…when his knees went numb.”
While at the convenience store, a witness approached police, saying he was in the parking lot at the time of the shooting and had been kidnapped.
The kidnapping victim told police he got off work and was in the parking lot playing on his phone. The man said he heard the shots, then a man walked up to his window and pointed a gun at him, police said.
The man with the gun then got into the passenger seat and told the kidnapping victim to drive, police said.
The kidnapping victim drove the man, who police now say is Colmenares, to another convenience store near downtown Las Vegas.
Police extracted video from the convenience stores, noting that the suspect had tattoos on both hands.
A week later, a sergeant reported that a member of his patrol squad had found a Facebook page for Colmenares.
“In the photos, Jesus has distinctive tattoos,” police wrote in an arrest report. “On his right hand he has [a] rosary without necklace with tattooed cross.
Police noted that Colmenares had previous convictions for domestic assault and battery.
“Based on the tattoos visible on the Jesus pages, I looked further into the surveillance of [the gas station] to search for distinct tattoos,” the investigator wrote in his arrest report. “Based on quality surveillance allowing me to see the distinctive rosary tattoo on Jesus’ right hand, I have probable reason to believe that Jesus is the suspect in this shooting and abduction incident.”
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Police then tracked Colmenares down to a house in northern Las Vegas. As of Tuesday night, Colmenares was being held on $45,000 bond.