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UPDATE: Surveillance released of person of interest in Sen. Heller threatening note case

Posted at 11:53 AM, Jul 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 15:46:22-04

UPDATE JULY 19: Las Vegas police have released surveillance video of a person of interest in the threatening note addressed to Sen. Dean Heller this past weekend.

The person is described as a white man between 50 to 60 years old, gray beard, heavy set and wearing a black baseball hat, short sleeve collared shirt and shorts.


Las Vegas police say they found a threatening note addressed to Senator Dean Heller near the door to his office on Sunday.

Around 9 a.m., police received a call from an alarm company representative saying that a burglary alarm went off at the main entrance of a building containing Sen. Heller's office.

Police say that no items were taken. Only the note was found near the door.  The management company told 13 Action News they have cameras inside the building and footage is being reviewed and sent to police.

The investigation into this case is ongoing. Therefore, the content of the note was not disclosed by police.

However, political analyst Jon Ralston reported the note was a death threat written by someone against the Republican healthcare bill.

The complex where Sen. Heller's office is housed also has several other offices, including a dentist office and a lipo surgery center.  They tell us they've recently seen a spike in protests outside their complex, and this recent incident has them more concerned about security.  

"We don't want to be collateral damage," says Candace Hindmand, who works at Las Vegas Laser and Lipo.

Sen. Heller is facing pressure from both Democrats the GOP because of the controversy surrounding the recent healthcare bill. He initially broke from his party in a joint press conference with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval by denouncing the plan, saying that it would burden the state with $500 million per year while leaving the future for Medicaid patients uncertain. 

The plan was later revised, but Heller said he was undecided on whether he would vote for the bill. On Thursday, he mentioned that he'll speak with Gov. Sandoval before coming to a decision.