Robert Telles claims he’s ‘not a killer’ in police videos, admits he ‘made mistakes’ in jail interview


The Las Vegas official accused of killing investigative journalist Jeff German complained to police that he ‘would like to be re-elected’ during a 2020 arrest for domestic violence involving his wife, according to footage from the recently released body camera of the collapse.

In footage obtained by The Post, Robert Telles can be heard mouthing his words as he was handcuffed to the back of a police cruiser outside his home after he allegedly grabbed his wife around her neck while that they were returning from the Bellagio Casino Hotel in March. 2020, according to a police report.

“I really thought she liked me half an hour ago,” Telles blurted out to an officer in one of the videos released by cops. “I’m not an embarrassing person. I am a civil servant. I’m not trying to be an a**hole or a moron,” he said.

“I would also like to be re-elected. If my wife, who I’ve been married to for nearly 10 years, is gonna act like I’m gonna f**king kill her… Oh, my God! I never touched her!

The domestic violence incident occurred two years before Telles, the Clark County public administrator, was charged with the murder of German, a veteran reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal who had written a series of scathing reports revealing the mismanagement of the disgraced official.

In a Friday jail interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Telles said his drinking problem led to his fight with his wife, but he declined to comment on the murder charges he faces.

Robert Telles had been the Clark County public administrator for a year at the time of the domestic violence incident.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police

In the March 2020 incident, once the couple returned home the argument continued, with Telles allegedly shouting “Kill me” at his wife and their two children. At one point, his wife barricaded herself and the children in a room, but Telles broke in and refused to let her go while hugging her in a tight “bear hug”.

In a 911 call obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Telles’ wife said her husband was “going crazy.”

A crying child can be heard in the background as the woman says to the dispatcher, “He just won’t leave us alone. He drank too much tonight, and it’s just… my kids and I are scared.

At the time of the domestic violence incident, Telles, a Democrat, had already been a Clark County public trustee for a year.

According to the 2020 police report, the two children had to snatch their drunken father from their frightened mother. Body camera footage showed Telles repeatedly yelling at cops and asking, “Who did I hit?! … You just want to bring me down because I’m a public servant.

Las Vegas cops release new videos of Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles' domestic violence arrest in 2020
Robert Telles refused to let go of his wife during the March 2020 incident.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police

When one of the officers replied that his wife probably called the authorities because he was drunk, Telles blurted out, “Honestly, I’ve been a lot more drunk than that,” and continued to deny he was. hit his wife.

“Ask the fucking Bellagio if I did that because it’s fucking bullshit,” he continued. “I would never fucking do that because I’m not stupid. I’m a civil servant who would never be so stupid to do that. I have a lot of friends and we had a good time. I don’t know why she did that.

The domestic violence charges were ultimately dismissed on September 30, 2020 after a negotiation and Telles received a 90-day suspended sentence for resisting arrest, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He had to pay fines and take classes focused on stress and relationship management.

Las Vegas cops release new videos of Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles' domestic violence arrest in 2020
Robert Telles’ children snatched him away from his wife, according to the 2020 police report.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police

According to court records, Telles completed the course and the case was dismissed on March 30, 2021.

In Friday’s jailhouse interview with the Review-Journal, Telles admitted he had a drinking problem and “passed out” the night he went out with his wife at the Bellagio Hotel. in 2020.

“Like any other person, I have certainly made mistakes, and I have really tried to do my best to live my life doing good for others, and I hope that, again, with all that is happening in the media these days, that people really see that,” Telles told the newspaper.

Las Vegas cops release new videos of Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles' domestic violence arrest in 2020
Robert Telles’ domestic violence charges were dismissed in September 2020.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police

Telles said he was still married to his wife.

“It definitely wasn’t me and it was a red flag,” Telles said of the 2020 incident.

He remains in the Clark County Detention Center and is due in court on September 20. He is facing a felony count of murder with the use of a deadly weapon on a victim 60 or older and that he acted with ‘foresight’ and was ‘on the lookout’ when he allegedly stabbed German at his home on September 3.

German, 69, an investigative reporter who has covered public corruption, has written a series of stories exposing Telles’ wrongdoings, including exposing an affair with a junior employee in his office, real estate coordinator Roberta Lee-Kennett, 45 years old, also married.

Las Vegas cops release new videos of Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles' domestic violence arrest in 2020
Robert Telles “passed out” when he was with his wife at the Bellagio Hotel in 2020.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police

County employees who worked under Telles said he favored his alleged mistress in assignments for which she was unqualified.

As Clark County’s public administrator, Telles oversaw the department that secures the estates of deceased residents until a court-appointed family member or executor is appointed. The office also manages the estate of a deceased when families are unable to do so.

Capt. Dori Koren, chief of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide and Sex Crimes Bureau, said Telles was upset and blamed the fearless reporter and his stories for the “denouement” of his professional life and personal.

Arrest of Robert Telles for an incident of domestic violence that occurred in March 2020.
Robert Telles is due in court on September 20.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police

At a press conference, Koren said DNA evidence found under German’s fingernails and evidence found at Telles’ home, including sneakers and a chopped up hat, led to the arrest.

Telles was arrested on September 7 after a two-hour standoff with police after he allegedly made suicidal statements. On Tuesday, he appeared briefly in court and smiled at the judge, his arms and wrists bandaged and handcuffed.

During his Friday jail interview, Telles declined to comment on whether he was trying to harm himself, but pushed back when asked about his alleged mismanagement of the county public administrator’s office. Clark.

He said some of the employees he supervised were unhappy with the changes he had made, particularly the reduction in overtime and wages.

When asked if he plans to stay on as a public officer, Telles said he doesn’t have an answer at this time.

“I’ve done so much to make this office better while frankly facing hostility from some people in the office,” he said. “And it’s unfortunate that the narrative kind of grew and ran. We actually did a great job in that office.

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