A Las Vegas official charged with killing investigative reporter Jeff Jarman whined to police, “I want to be re-elected,” when he was arrested for domestic violence involving his wife in 2020.
In a video obtained by The Post, Robert Telles is handcuffed in the back seat of a police car outside his home after grabbing his wife by the neck while driving back from the Bellagio Casino Hotel in March. I hear you say something. 2020, according to a police report.
“I really thought she loved me 30 minutes ago,” Telles mumbled to the officer in one of the videos released by the officer. “I’m not a shy person. I’m a civil servant. I’m not trying to be an ahore or a jerk,” he said.
“I want her to be re-elected anyway. If my wife, whom I have been married to for nearly ten years, is going to act like I’m going to kill her… Oh my god! I never touched her!”
A domestic violence case charges Clark County public administrator Telles with the murder of Jarman, a veteran Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter who wrote a series of scathing reports exposing mismanagement by dishonorable officials. It occurred two years before the
In a jail interview Friday with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Telles said his drinking problem led to a big fight with his wife, but commented on the murder charges he faces. refused.
In a March 2020 incident, an altercation continued after Telles allegedly yelled “kill me” at his wife and two children after the couple returned home. At one point, his wife had barricaded herself and her children in her room, but Telles intruded and held her tight, holding her in her “bear hug.” refused to let go.
In a 911 call obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Telles’ wife said her husband was “crazy.”
My wife told the dispatcher, “He won’t leave us alone.
Telles, a Democrat, had already been serving as a Clark County administrator for a year when the domestic violence incident occurred.
According to a 2020 police report, two children had to pry their drunken father free from his frightened mother. Body camera footage showed Telles repeatedly yelling at officers, saying, “Who did you hit?!
When one of the officers replied that he may have called authorities because his wife was drunk, Telles said, “I was a lot drunker than this, to be honest.” continued to deny that he had beaten his wife.
“Ask the fucking king Bellagio, because it’s absurd,” he continued. “I’m not stupid and I would never do that. I’m a civil servant and I’m not stupid enough to do that. I had a lot of friends and I had a great time. Why did she do this?” or I don’t know.”
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the domestic violence charges were ultimately dismissed on Sept. 30, 2020 after negotiations, and Telles was given a 90-day suspended sentence for resisting arrest. . He had to pay a fine and take classes that focused on how to manage stress and relationships.
According to court records, Telles completed the class and the lawsuit was dismissed on March 30, 2021.
During a night out with his wife at the Bellagio Hotel in 2020, Telles admitted he had a drinking problem.
“Like everyone else, I have certainly made mistakes. I have spent my life trying my best to be the best for others. I hope these things will work out because one day people will really see it,” Telles told the newspaper.
Telles said he is still married to his wife.
“It was definitely a wake-up call, not me,” Telles said of the 2020 incident.
He remains in the Clark County Jail and is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 20. He is facing one felony county for killing his victim over the age of 60 using a lethal weapon, and he allegedly acted “with preconceived malice.” He was “waiting” when he allegedly stabbed a German in his home on September 3.
The 69-year-old German was an investigative reporter covering public corruption and wrote a series of articles exposing Telles’ wrongdoing. That included exposing her relationship with Roberta Lee Kennett, 45, a real estate coordinator and subordinate in Telles’ office.
A county employee who worked for Telles said he was supporting his alleged mistress for assignments she was not entitled to handle.
As Clark County administrator, Telles oversaw the department that protected the property of deceased residents until a family member or executor was assigned by the court. The office also handles the estate of the deceased when the family is not available.
Capt. Dori Coren, director of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide and Sex Crime Division, said Telles was upset and accused the brave reporter and his article of “unraveling” his professional and personal life.
At a press conference, Coren said DNA evidence found under the German’s fingernails and evidence found in Telles’ home, including a pair of dismembered sneakers and a hat, led to his arrest.
Telles was arrested on Sept. 7 after a two-hour standoff with police after he reportedly made a suicide statement. On Tuesday, he made a brief appearance in court, grinning at the judge with his arms and wrists still bandaged and handcuffed.
In a prison interview on Friday, Telles declined to comment on whether he tried to harm himself, but resisted when asked about mismanagement by the Clark County Public Authority.
Some of the employees he supervised are dissatisfied with the changes he made, especially the reduction in overtime hours and wages.
When asked if he plans to stay on as a civil servant, Telles said he has no answer at this time.
“While frankly dealing with hostility from some people in the office, I did a lot to improve that office,” he said. Too bad I stretched out and ran, we actually did a lot of great work in that office.”