“We are … outraged that a colleague appears to have been killed for reporting on an elected official. Journalists cannot do the important work that our communities need if they fear that a presentation of the facts result in violent reprisals,” the newspaper wrote. editor-in-chief Glenn Cook said in a statement on Wednesday.
Telles is suspected of murder and is scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon, according to Clark County Jail online records. Telles has not been publicly linked by police to German’s death; CNN has contacted the Las Vegas Metro Police Department and Telles’ office and is working to determine his legal representation.
Police are expected to provide further updates on their investigation on Thursday.
Uniformed officers and police vehicles were seen outside Telles’ home on Wednesday, according to local media. Las Vegas police confirmed that officers had issued search warrants for German’s death, but did not immediately provide additional information.
Telles denied the reports, the Review-Journal said. First elected to the position in 2018, Telles lost his re-election bid in a Democratic primary in June.
“The arrest of Robert Telles is both a huge relief and an outrage to the Review-Journal newsroom,” Cook, the publisher, said on Wednesday.
“We thank the Las Vegas police for their urgency and hard work and for immediately recognizing the terrible significance of Jeff’s murder. Now hopefully the Review-Journal, the German family and Jeff’s many friends can begin the process of grieving and honoring a great man and a brave journalist Godspeed, Jeff.
Police asked for the public’s help
According to Las Vegas police, a potential suspect “was potentially locking down the area for further crimes before the homicide occurred.” Surveillance footage of someone wearing a bright orange shirt and wide-brimmed hat has been released, along with a photo of what appears to be a brown GMC SUV.
Colleagues of German examining Google Maps noticed a brown SUV similar to the photo released by authorities in Telles’ driveway, said Arthur Kane, a Review-Journal reporter who had worked with German.
“Police came down and cordoned off the area, started searching his house,” Kane told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Wednesday. The SUV was registered to Telles’ wife, Kane said, and the vehicle was taken away by investigators.
CNN’s Amir Vera, Jamiel Lynch, Nick Watt, Chuck Johnston, Elizabeth Joseph, Hannah Sarisohn and Satyam Kaswala contributed to this report.