Police discuss crime prevention after 80-year-old man was attacked at his Summerlin home

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) — Neighbors in the Sun City Summerlin neighborhood are still stunned after a violent crime this weekend. A man beat, whipped and attempted to shoot an elderly man who had just returned home from golf. Police continue to ask the public for help in locating him.

“Someone out there knows who this person is. Someone recognizes the person. Someone recognizes the car. And please contact us. We need to hold them accountable for this action,” the Commander of Summerlin Regional Command, David Sims.

Several neighbors, who did not want to be identified, told FOX5 on the spot that they believed the criminals were targeting the over-55 community and monitoring people as they left and returned to their homes.

“That’s always a possibility we’re considering,” Sims said.

The 80-year-old escaped his attacker and ran for his life to a neighbor after being beaten and robbed. FOX5 spoke to the victim. He says he was forced to open his safe and get the key to another safe after the attacker repeatedly threatened to kill him. He says the thief held an ice pick to his throat. The attacker then attempted to shoot the man when he escaped from the house. However, the gun did not fire because it was unloaded. The victim says the attacker did not see a magazine full of bullets in the safe when he grabbed the gun. The assailant fled when the weapon refused to fire.

The commander calls this kind of attack rare. But says people should do a few things to stay safe, including closing their garage doors. The victim’s garage door was open at the time and the attacker entered the garage. He says having a surveillance system helps police when trying to track down suspects.

“I think the public would be surprised how many break-ins we have and people have surveillance systems on, but they’re not on. They have security and alarm systems, but they’re not activated when they leave,” Sims said.

Sims says there have been 41 break-ins in the neighborhood since the start of the year, but says that’s fewer than the same time last year. There are nearly 8,000 homes in the Sun City neighborhood. The Commandant credits the neighborhood for its active involvement in the fight against crime.

Mitzi Mills, executive director of the Sun City Summerlin Community Association, says the association has worked hard to educate residents about crime in the area. The association emails residents when crimes occur. She says the association holds Zoom meetings on Fridays to discuss crime and other topics, and the association even has a monthly magazine. She says LVMPD is involved in efforts to educate residents about crime prevention. And she says community patrols are going around the neighborhood. She says anyone living in the neighborhood can sign up to receive “bomb emails” by send an email. She will verify that they live in the neighborhood and send news about crime, COVID and community events.

Anyone who knows anything about the assailant is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555. Callers can remain anonymous.

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