Pair arrested during investigation of stolen vehicle
On April 10 shortly before 6 a.m., Sparks Police officers located a car with stolen license plates in the parking lot of the Rail City Casino, 2121 Victorian Ave.
Officers set up surveillance on the vehicle, and placed tire deflation devices near the front tires in hopes of preventing a pursuit. Two people exited the casino and entered the vehicle. Officers moved in and activated overhead lights and began a high-risk traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as 31 year old Miguel Acuna Jr. of Reno, drove away colliding with two police cars and another parked car in the parking lot. Acuna drove the vehicle east bound on A St. to the point where it dead ends just short of Rock Blvd, then abandoned it. It did have a flat right front tire. Acuna then fled on foot, climbing fences and ignoring commands from officers to stop. The vehicle was later determined to be stolen.
Acuna continued across Rock Blvd and tried to gain access to a home in the 1600 block of A St, but the homeowner shut the door and locked it, preventing entry. Acuna continued to flee, and was eventually caught in another yard a few doors down. He did not appear injured from the crash or the resulting foot pursuit, but was not coherent as officers tried to talk to him. Sparks Fire personnel and REMSA were called to the scene. Acuna was transported to a local hospital where he received treatment. Acuna was charged with eluding, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, destruction of property, obstructing officers and possession of stolen property. Additionally, he had a warrant charging him with battery by a prisoner.
There was a passenger with Acuna. Reno resident Samantha Barajas, age 23, was detained by officers where the vehicle was abandoned by Acuna. Barajas was not injured in the incident, but after further investigation was taken into custody on possession of a controlled substance charges.
No officers were injured in the incident.
Police seek suspect in Sparks stabbing
Sparks Police responded to the area of 14th Street and Victorian Avenue on a report of a male who had been stabbed late Thursday night.
The victim advised that he had been walking in the vicinity of Kietzke Lane and Galletti way when he was approached by three males who attacked him, stabbed him and robbed him of an undetermined amount of cash. The victim was transported to the Renown Medical Center where he was treated for multiple stab wounds and remains in stable condition.
Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or with information is asked to please contact the Sparks Police Department (775) 353-2231 or Secret Witness (775) 322-4900.