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Search for 2-year-old now homicide investigation, Las Vegas police say

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Posted at 4:04 PM, May 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-12 02:52:10-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas police say the search for missing 2-year-old Amari Nicholson is now a homicide investigation and 27-year-old Terrell Rhodes has been arrested.

Nicholson was last seen on May 5 near Paradise Road and Twain Avenue.

RELATED: Family members, Nevada Child Seekers continue search for missing 2-year-old boy

"During the course of the investigation it became clear that the circumstances were suspicious," said Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Richard Meyers.

Police say Rhodes was charged with murder and say more charges will follow.

"While the arrest was taking place," said Lt. Meyers, "Terrell Rhodes chose to fight with police officers, and during the course of that fight was briefly able to retrieve an officer's firearm."

Police say the incident was "quickly de-escalated" and Rhodes was booked into Clark County Detention Center.

He's due in court for an initial appearance tomorrow at 9 a.m.

Family members and volunteers with Nevada Child Seekers have been helping police look for Nicholson and handing out fliers with his picture on them.

LVMPD detectives reported previously that they believed the boy may be in danger.

Police say the investigation remains ongoing and ask anyone with information Nicholson's death to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section at 702-828-3521 or homicide@lvmpd.com.

To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

Watch the full police update below.

WATCH FULL | Las Vegas police update on missing 2-year-old Amari Nicholson


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