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VIDEO: Neighbors shaken up over robbery, homicide case

Alleged robbers shot man, burned his body
Posted at 12:47 PM, Aug 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-04 02:34:35-04

UPDATE, 8:40 P/M.: It's a horrifying time Hannah Pinzon would rather not see again. “I just don't like thinking about that moment that much," she said.

Thirteen Action News talked to Hannah last June, after she woke up to a car erupting into flames right across the street from her house. "It was this orange glow through my window," she said.

Thirteen Action News on Thursday, showed Hannah dramatic new surveillance video of that terrifying moment. "It kind of scares me," she said.

Police say Sean Patrick Bryan was inside the  car that caught fire. At first, Hannah's dad, Martin, hoped it was an accident. "A little unnerving," Martin Pinzon said. "Now it's intent. Somebody did that to another human being."

It happened overnight last June 22nd, near Rainbow and Peak. Metro now links that car to a robbery at  Five-Star Tavern, just blocks away. "When you see something like that, it shakes you up. It kind of puts things in perspective," Martin Pinzon said.

Police say the crooks got away in a silver, Volskwagen Jetta. Surveillance video shows the Jetta and a dark SUV pull up on Castor Tree Way, shortly after the robbery. The SUV leaves. The Jetta explodes.

But the fire is not what killed Bryan. The Clark County Coroner's Office ruled he died from a gunshot wound to the head. 

This happened on the same street where Martin Pinzon's children play and walk to school. Now, he's forced to explain to them the harsh realities of life. “Wake them up to the world we're living in. It's the last conversation I want to have with my children," Martin Pinzon said.

ORIGINAL STORY: Las Vegas police detectives have confirmed that the robbery to the Five Star Tavern on June 22 is connected to a burned body found in a vehicle later that day. 

The robbery occurred around 4:20 a.m. at 2425 North Rainbow Boulevard. 20 minutes later, a burning vehicle on the 6600 block of Castor Tree Way was reported. When police arrived, they found the body of 40-year-old Sean Patrick Bryan inside.

An investigation by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department indicates the burned vehicle had been in the neighborhood about 40 minutes before the fire. 

Surveillance video shows Bryan's silver Volkswagen Jetta and a dark colored SUV arrive at the same time. As the SUV was leaving the area, the video shows Bryan's car bursting into flames.

The Clark County coroner later determined that the cause of Bryan's death was a gunshot wound to the head. It was ruled to be a homicide.

Detectives are asking the public's help in identifying the SUV and its occupants, as well as anyone who may have information about Sean Patrick Bryan or the robbery at the Five Star Tavern.

If you have information about this case, call the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Section at 702-828-3521. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555. Tips leading directly to an arrest or indictment through Crime Stoppers may be eligible for a cash reward.