LV official accused of killing reporter seen angrily confronting cops in 2020 domestic violence arrest

A new video shows the March 2020 “meltdown” of Las Vegas public official Robert Telles, who was recently charged with the murder of Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German.

Telles, who allegedly murdered German in retribution for German’s scathing reporting on him, is seen in a 2020 police body-cam video obtained by the New York Post as he was arrested in for a domestic violence incident involving his wife. In the video German is heard slurring his words and repeatedly shouting to police, “You guys want to take me down because I’m a public official, the New York Post reported.

Telles can be seen handcuffed in the back of a squad car after he according to a police report grabbed his wife around the neck while they were driving home from a local casino.

“I really thought that half an hour ago that she loved me,” Telles told an officer in one of the videos released by cops. “I’m so not someone embarrassing. I’m a public official. I’m not trying to be an a–hole or a jerk,” he said in the video.

“’I would like to be reelected by the way,” he added. “If my wife, who I’ve been married to for nearly 10 years, is going to be acting like I’m going to f–ing kill her … Oh, my God! I’ve never ever friggin’ touched her!’

“During the March 2020 incident, once the couple got back to their residence, the argument continued with T

Telles allegedly shouting, “Kill me” at his wife and their two children during the March 2020 incident, the Post reported, further noting that his wife barricaded herself and the kids in a room at one point before Telles broke in and gripped her in a tight “bear hug,” refusing to let her go.

“He just won’t leave us alone. He had too much to drink tonight, and it’s just … me and my kids are scared,” the wife told a 911 dispatcher, as a child is heard crying in the background.

At the time of the domestic violence incident, Telles, a Democrat, had been Clark County’s public administrator for a year. In this role he oversees the department that secures property of deceased residents until a family member or executor is assigned by the court. The office also handles the estate of a deceased when families are not able to.

According to the 2020 police report, the two children had to pry their intoxicated father off of their frightened mother.

In a 911 call obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Telles’ wife said her husband was “going crazy.”

The domestic violence charges were dismissed against Telles in September 2020 and he received a charge for resisting arrest instead, along with a 90-day suspended sentence, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which also noted that he was required to pay fines and to take stress and relationship-management courses. Court records show he completed the classes and the case was dismissed in March 2021.

“Like any other person I’ve certainly made mistakes, and I’ve just really tried to do my best to live my life doing good for others, and I’m hoping that, again, with everything that’s rolling around in the media these days, that people really see that,” Telles said in a recent interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, blaming his drinking problem for his 2020 fight with his wife.

Telles also said he is still married to his wife.

Telles is scheduled to appear in court on September 20 for charges including one felony county of murder with use of a deadly weapon on a victim 60 years or older and that he acted with “malice aforethought” and was “lying in wait” when he allegedly stabbed German at his home on Sept. 3.


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