LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas police report they have arrested a third woman connected to an elderly abuse incident that took place on Christmas day last year.
Detectives arrested 57-year-old Eleanor Walters. Authorities say she is the owner and operator of a group home where the alleged abuse took place.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department originally reported that on Dec. 29, 2020, its Special Victims Section received a video from social media that depicted an elderly victim and a vulnerable adult being physically abused by a caretaker.
Detectives were then able to identify and arrest 26-year-old caretaker Stephany Gilbert and 23-year-old Jakia Edwards stemming from the incident on Dec. 25, 2020.
Police say Edwards could be seen in the video as she recorded Gilbert berating the victims and physically abusing them.
Thursday, LVMPD says Walters has been booked in the Clark County Detention Center. She is facing four counts of neglect older or vulnerable person, two counts of abuse older or vulnerable person and conspire to abuse, exploit or isolate older or vulnerable person.
“I’m really proud of the detectives on this case,” said Sgt. James Johnson of the Elder Abuse Unit. “They did a phenomenal job ensuring these victims were taken care of and the suspects were taken off the streets.”
Sgt. Johnson added that many cases of elder abuse go unreported, but he hopes more people will speak up.
In 2020, LVMPD says its Elder Abuse Unit made an arrest or submitted for an arrest warrant in 58 cases.
Anyone who suspects elder abuse is taking place is urged to report it to the LVMPD Elder Abuse Unit by phone at 702-828-3364.