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April 19, 2014

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Police: Spat over money owed led to man’s fatal shooting

The argument started over an unpaid $50 debt outside Richard Blevins’ downtown Las Vegas home on April 29, and it ended with several gunshots and his death.

On Sunday, Metro Police arrested Troy Z. Waggoner, 33, and Segundo Alonso Gonzalez, a.k.a. Diego, 22, in connection with the killing of Blevins.

A Metro Police arrest report indicates the following:

Police had responded to a report about a verbal altercation outside Blevins' home at 1008 Third Street on April 29. Gonzalez had approached Blevins, 48, about the unpaid debt. The two argued and fought over the money, before Gonzalez left threatening to return with his “homies.”

Earlier that day, Gonzalez, identifying himself as Diego, had left three messages on Blevins’ answering machine demanding the money. Diego threatened to fight him, saying Blevins' time was up to pay back the money. Later he said if he had to track him down for the money “there was going to be a problem.”

The final message was left about 10 minutes after the altercation, in which he said, “My homies will be back with me to get my money today.”

Gonzalez returned an hour later with two other unidentified men and Waggoner in a white Toyota Corolla.

Gonzalez told police the plan was to intimidate Blevins into paying back the money owed to him. He added that Waggoner stayed in the car as he and the two other men confronted Blevins. One of the men pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at Blevins.

When Blevins tried to grab the gun, the man fired one shot, then three or four more into Blevins’ body. The group then ran.

Police were able to track down Gonzalez and Waggoner by tracing the phone calls left on Blevins’ answering machine. The phone number led to Waggoner, who owned the Corolla caught on the surveillance video.

Police also discovered through Facebook that Waggoner was friends with Gonzalez.

Police arrested Waggoner and Gonzalez at a home at 1312 Casino Center.

Waggoner and Gonzalez are each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit murder and murder with use of a deadly weapon.

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