Published Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 | 11:56 a.m.
Updated Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 | 4:53 p.m.
- Body found in car after burglary report (08-27-2012)
Josue E. Nunez had the keys to a burgundy Pontiac GTO 6.0, a credit card to fill the gas tank and was in his fourth day of moving around freely, having cut off a bracelet he was required to wear as part of his house arrest on DUI charges.
But Metro Police say Nunez, 28, got the GTO’s keys and the credit card Sunday night after he shot the car’s owner, Steven Blair, outside a North Las Vegas strip club.
On Wednesday, Metro announced Nunez’s arrest on several counts, including murder, kidnapping, robbery and burglary.
According to an arrest report released Wednesday, police responding to a reported disturbance early Monday discovered Blair’s body in the backseat of the GTO, which was parked in the 4000 block of Alameda Avenue in Las Vegas. A witness had reported seeing a person running from the vehicle, and police discovered Nunez nearby, hiding in a shed. He had with him keys to the GTO, an identification card, credit card and wallet belonging to Blair.
Another person who was in the shed told police he had known Nunez for several years. Nunez had shown up in the early morning hours and asked the friend to go for a ride in the GTO with Nunez and drink some beers. Nunez showed the friend a credit card he had got from “a white guy” he found sleeping in the car in the parking lot of Chicas Bonitas Strip Club, 1818 Las Vegas Blvd. North.
The friend told police Nunez had said he had “hit the guy and took his car and that he gassed the car up with the credit card.”
When Nunez heard police sirens in the area of the shed, the friend told police, he panicked and tried to hide in the shed.
Surveillance video at Chicas Bonitas showed subjects matching both Blair and Nunez inside the strip club. Additional footage of the club’s parking lot showed what appears to be the GTO with an alarm going off. A person thought to be Nunez is seen near the car.
Additionally, police say, Nunez’s girlfriend told detectives Nunez had been drinking and left their house Sunday night. A couple hours later, he returned, said he had gotten kicked out of the strip club and wanted to go back and wait for the person who had thrown him out. The girlfriend told detectives she and her daughter accompanied Nunez back to the strip club. He got out of the car, and the girlfriend said she heard what she believed were people fighting, and heard two gunshots. The girlfriend then pulled her car forward and saw Nunez outside a burgundy-colored car with its door slightly ajar. Nunez yelled at her, “Leave! Leave! Go! Go! Go!”
Nunez, the girlfriend told police, returned home later, changed clothes, washed and left.
Police theorize Nunez came upon Blair while he was “most likely” sleeping in the car, shot him and took the car with Blair still in the backseat.
Nunez is incarcerated in the Clark County Detention Center without bond.