‘You’re supposed to feel safe’, South West Valley residents express concern over crime after woman dies outside Dotty’s
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – A day after a woman was killed outside a Dotty’s Gaming and Spirits in Spring Valley, many told 8 News Now they were concerned about a recent spike in crime in the area .
“It’s very scary,” said Southwest Valley resident Rose Shelman.
On Wednesday night, police said the manager of Dotty’s Gaming and Spirits at Jones Boulevard and Flamingo Road was run over and killed after confronting a man who stole a customer’s purse.
Then on Thursday morning, authorities said a U.S. Postal Service carrier was robbed on the street near Twain Avenue and Arville Street.
“I grew up here half my life,” Tabatha Moses told 8 News Now of the area. “I went to school here, and it just changed.”
It’s disturbing to see any of these things happen, but since they happened back to back, many who live nearby don’t know what to expect moving forward.
“It’s crazy, a lot of stuff here in Las Vegas,” Shelman said. “I know where I’m staying in the community is quiet, but when you walk through the door, you never know what it’s going to be like.”
According to statistics from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, crime in the Southwest Valley has seen a major increase, with robberies in the area doubling from this time in 2021.
Those who spoke with 8 News Now said the information made them think twice as they take care of themselves and those they love.
“It’s just very scary, it’s scary living in the world these days,” Moses concluded. “You’re supposed to feel safe.”
Authorities told 8 News Now that the US Postal Service carrier that was robbed was fine.
As for the man accused of running over and killing a woman outside Dotty, police are still looking for him.
He was last seen driving a stolen black Mercedes GL5 with license plate 565T77.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact LVMPD Homicide at 702-828-3521 or [email protected] To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or crimestoppersofnv.com.