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KTNV‘s news helicopter played a key role in the arrest of a Las Vegas burglary suspect last Friday, as photographer Jason Harvey, along with chopper pilot Roger Maynulet, helped police search for a 35-year-old man suspected of robbing a local drug store.
Shortly before 6 a.m. on Friday, police were notified of a burglary and began chasing the suspect’s vehicle through a neighborhood in southeast Las Vegas. The suspect eventually crashed his car and fled on foot, at which point Harvey and Maynulet were called into action.
The KTNV chopper was in the air covering traffic for the ABC-affiliate’s morning newscast as police chased the suspect. Harvey and Maynulet spotted the man entering a shed and relayed the information to police dispatchers. Maynulet then hovered over the shed until police were able to surround the location, eventually taking the man into custody.
“It’s not often Metro asks for our support,” Harvey said of helping the police, “but we’re always more than willing to give it to them.”
In thanking Harvey and Maynulet, police PIO Bill Cassell summed up the incident, saying, “Normally, it’s the news talking about what our helicopters are doing. But in this case, it’s the news talking about what your helicopters did.”
KTNV video HERE.