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Victim of violent home invasion uses clever trick to survive

Las Vegas police arrest 6 suspects
Posted: 3:07 PM, Jan 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-02-01 14:22:20Z
Vegas police arrest 6 in home invasion robberies

LATEST:  13 Action News spoke with one of the victims of the recent crime spree.

"You wake up in a cold sweat," said Gary Bogk.

The 76-year-old says he feels haunted in his own home.

The retired pharmacist was ambushed on Jan. 17 in his garage near Rainbow and Ann.

"He had a gun to my temple and he threatened to kill me," said Bogk.

Bogk says he was forced to open up his safe.  He tried to humanize himself during the incident.

"I asked him if I could go to the bathroom before they tie me up," he said.

Once the duo left, Bogk slipped out of his ties and ran for help.  

The men stole his car, weapons, and late wife's jewelry.

The victim says he is grateful police were able to solve this case.  He expressed gratitude to the detectives.

ORIGINAL: Six people have been arrested in a string of home invasion robberies on the western side of the Las Vegas valley.

Capt. Sasha Larkin of Las Vegas police's Northwest Area Command called the crimes "ruthless" in a press briefing Wednesday afternoon. She said 14 crimes are all connected to one crew, but there might be more crimes involved. 

Larkin said the crimes appeared to have a "drug nexus" to it.

Las Vegas police released details from some of the crimes.

Two female victims in a vehicle had pulled into a convenience store parking lot near Cimarron Road and Vegas Drive on Jan. 15 when they were approached by a man, who ordered them out of the vehicle at gunpoint. The women were able to run away. The man took personal property from the car.

An elderly victim opened the garage door to his residence on Jan. 17. He was approached by a male who pointed a handgun at him and ordered him into the home. The male was joined by another person, who then tied the victim up and ransacked the victim’s home. When the suspects left, they took personal property from the home and the victim’s vehicle.

An employee of a business in the Arroyo Crossing shopping center had just arrived for work and was getting out of his car when he was approached by a male armed with a handgun on Jan. 23 . The man got into the victim’s vehicle and forced him to drive to a nearby ATM. Another vehicle, stolen in another event, followed them to the ATM. The victim was freed but his vehicle was stolen.

During the course of this investigation, detectives identified 22-year-old Dilon Hess as a suspect in several of these events. On Jan. 23, members of the Criminal Apprehension Team had located Hess and were attempting to take him into custody. 

Hess was in a vehicle with two other people at a gas station located in the 6300 block of North Durango Drive, near Centennial Parkway. Detectives approached Hess’ vehicle in an unmarked police vehicle with lights and siren activated. 

Hess rammed the police vehicle and all three suspects fled the suspect vehicle on foot. They were all taken into custody a short time later.

As a result of this collaborative investigation the following suspects were booked for various charges in connection with several events:

  • Dilon Hess, 25
  • Alexis (Lexis) Haslinger, 19
  • Seth Meeks, 19 
  • Lee Estrada, 33 
  • Shyla Rosa, 20 
  • Cierra Cipriani, 22

Anyone with any information about these crimes is asked to contact the LVMPD Northwest Area Command at 702-828-8577. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555.

Watch Larkin's press briefing below.