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Metro discusses use of force during recent car chase

Reported by: Christine Kim
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Updated: 12/17/2013 10:17 pm
LAS VEGAS -- Metro police met today to discuss the use of potentially lethal force during a car chase earlier this month.

Undersheriff Jim Dixon met with the media today at 4 p.m. to discuss additional details concerning the recent use of force incident which occurred at 3650 West Sahara Southeast Las Vegas.

The LVMPD Dispatch Center received a call on Dec. 9 at 12:32 a.m. from a convenience store employee reporting a carjacking.

A couple fueling their black Ford Focus became victims of a carjacking at the Terrible Herbst gas station located at 3650 West Sahara Avenue.

Arriving officers learned two male suspects armed with handguns, robbed the couple of their car and purse at gunpoint.

At 12:43 a.m., officers located the black Focus in the area of Oakey Boulevard and Arville Street. The vehicle was occupied by three individuals who fled the area as officers attempted to initiate a car stop.

Officers pursued the vehicle west on Oakey Boulevard then southbound on Decatur Boulevard. As the vehicle approached Desert Inn, the passenger of the vehicle began firing at pursuing officers from an open side window.

The suspect continued firing at officers as the pursuit continued through the intersection of Spring Mountain Road and Decatur Boulevard.

The vehicle made an eastbound turn onto Twain Avenue then quickly made a U-turn while simultaneously allowing the rear passenger identified as Mirella Valadez, to jump from the vehicle.

According to the police report the vehicle continued westbound on Twain Avenue driving between Officer Kaplan’s marked patrol unit and a citizen’s vehicle sideswiping both vehicles in the process.

The pursuit continued southbound on Decatur turning east on Flamingo Road, driving east in the westbound lanes and entered the southeast parking lot of the Rio Hotel.

Officer Kaplan continued to pursue the suspects northbound into the lot intentionally ramming his patrol vehicle into the passenger rear quarter-panel of the Focus in an attempt to end the pursuit. The vehicle came to a stop and both the driver and passenger exited the vehicle running from the scene.

The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody without incident. He was identified as Roland Gabaldon, 17. The passenger was taken into custody following a short foot pursuit and struggle. He was identified as Hugo Baldovinos, 21.

The investigation revealed both Baldovinos and Gabaldon were armed with .38 caliber handguns when they committed the robbery carjacking. They fled the scene in the Focus and then picked up Mirella Valadez at her friend’s house.

Officers recovered two black .38 caliber revolvers. One was found where Baldovinos was seated and had four expended shell casing indicating it had been fired. The other was found in the center counsel and did not appear to have been fired. The serial numbers had been filed off.

Gabaldon and Baldovinos are currently housed at the Clark County Detention Center where they face charges of:
  • Two counts of Attempted Murder of a Police Officer
  • Battery with a Deadly Weapon
  • Felony Evading a Police Officer
  • Battery on a Police Officer
  • Robbery with Weapon
  • Grand Larceny Auto
  • Conspiracy
-- News release information


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