Home Depot robbery suspect waives hearing

Juan Filipe Tellez-Rico

Juan Filipe Tellez-Rico

A California man accused of threatening a Home Depot employee with an axe during a shoplifting waived his preliminary hearing on Wednesday and was ordered to district court.

Juan Filipe Tellez-Rico, 21, was extradited back to Douglas County on Dec. 13, 2023, in connection with the March 9 theft.

Attorney Martin Hart told East Fork Justice of the Peace Paul Gilbert Tellez-Rico will plead guilty to assault with a deadly weapon as part of a plea negotiation. Both sides will be free to argue for any lawful sentence at a Jan. 23 arraignment in district court. The charge carries up to six years in prison. Tellez-Rico could still decide to deny the charges at his next hearing.

According to court documents, two men were pushing a cart past the theft detectors at the store when they went off. An employee who attempted to stop them said a man with an axe threatened him and he let them past.

• A Minden man accused in the COD Casino robbery last summer is facing an addition charge of battery by a prisoner.

Chase Aaron Henderson was ordered to district court last week on multiple felony counts.

He appeared in East Fork Justice Court on Wednesday with his attorney and ordered to return on Jan. 17. He remains in custody in the Douglas County Jail pending a Jan. 23 arraignment in district court on the robbery charges.

Over the New Year’s Eve weekend, he got into an altercation with another prisoner that prompted the new charges.

• A man serving a prison term for burglary of a business in Carson City admitted Tuesday that he also raided Famous Footwear in Carson Valley Plaza on May 7, 2022.

Manuel A. Coleman, 54, pleaded guilty to one count of burglary of a business. Under an agreement, he would serve 12-30 months to run at the same time as his sentence from Carson.

The charge carries a sentence of up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 20.

According to the Nevada Department of Corrections, Coleman has four theft-related felony convictions for which he’s served prison time.

•  New Year’s Eve saw more arrests in Carson Valley than at Lake Tahoe once again this year.

There were eight arrests in East Fork Township, with one person accounting for four separate charges after deputies served an arrest warrant on a Carson Valley residence for attempted home invasion and burglary.

Four were arrested for violating curfew in the Valley, those arrests likely included minor consuming and at least one case of contributing to the delinquency.

There were only five arrests at Lake Tahoe, including an intoxicated pedestrian and one person on counts of resisting and battery on an officer.

There was a drug possession case and a couple of disorderly conducts at Stateline, as well.


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