Las Vegas Arrest: Prostitute Steals $25K Cash and Rolex Watch
Posted on: August 30, 2023, 01:48h.
Last updated on: August 30, 2023, 01:48h.
A reputed 23-year-old prostitute has been apprehended for allegedly stealing $25,000 in cash and a valuable Rolex watch from The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas back in 2021.
Jaydn Nicole Edwards, aged 23, has been charged with theft, conspiracy to commit theft, and probation violation for the incident. She is currently in custody at the Clark County Detention Center.
A court hearing next week will address her probation status.
According to police reports, Edwards and another woman, identified as Quansae Rutlegde, accompanied three men to a hotel room at The Cosmopolitan on September 9, 2021.
While in the room, they consumed food and alcohol. One of the men then asked another man to safeguard his $25,000 in cash, a $35,000 check, and the Rolex watch in his sister’s hotel room, as reported by Las Vegas TV station KLAS.
Agreeing to help, the man placed the money and watch in his pocket. However, upon entering the hallway, one of the women propositioned him and they went into a hotel room.
The man took off his pants and left them on the hotel room floor. They engaged in sexual activity, and the man fell asleep.
Upon awakening, the man discovered the items were missing when he inquired about them. Local authorities were notified of the incident.
Edwards and Rutlegde were identified as suspects after their fingerprints were found at the hotel and hotel surveillance video was reviewed.
Theft Perpetrated as a “Trick Roll”
Authorities determined that the theft was part of a larger scheme. LVMPD officers confirmed that the theft was a result of a “trick roll,” a term used to describe theft committed by a prostitute following sexual activity.
Rutlegde has also been charged with theft and conspiracy to commit theft.
Further background checks on Edwards revealed previous arrests for prostitution, theft, and trespassing, according to KLAS.
Earlier this year, Edwards pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny under a plea deal.
Contractor Arrested for Alleged Murder-for-Hire
An arrest has been made in the case of a 45-year-old contractor who allegedly solicited an undercover police officer to kidnap and murder two individuals.
The suspect claimed that one of the intended victims was having an affair with his wife.
Mario Valdez, aged 45, has been charged with solicitation to commit murder and solicitation to commit kidnapping or arson, according to KLAS.
Valdez is currently held in custody at the Clark County Detention Center, with bail set at $20,000. His court appearance is scheduled for next month.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) became involved in the case after a confidential informant informed a Metro detective of Valdez’s request to have a man kidnapped and killed in exchange for cash, as reported by KLAS.
As part of the investigation, an undercover officer posed as a hitman and met with Valdez. Valdez agreed to pay $4,000 upfront, with an additional $2,000 to be paid later, for the murder of his ex-employee.
Valdez instructed the undercover officer to inquire about a chain and jewelry while speaking to the intended target, as well as whether the target had engaged in sexual relations with Valdez’s wife.
Valdez also requested that the hitman threaten to harm the victim’s son to coax a confession, as reported by KLAS.
An excerpt from the Metro arrest report states, “Valdez replied he would like an ear but would not want to be contacted during the act due to concern of it being traced, meaning the murder could be tracked back to Valdez.”
Valdez also wanted the murder to be recorded and mentioned that the intended victim had family in Mexico who could potentially be targeted.
It was later revealed that the intended target had left the United States.
Murder Made to Look Like Robbery
Additionally, Valdez requested that the undercover officer carry out a second murder. The motive behind Valdez’s desire to kill the second victim remains unclear.
However, Valdez wanted the second murder to appear as if it were a result of a failed robbery.