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Suspect, 22, arrested in brutal double-homicide case


via Metro Police

Bryan Clay, 22, was taken into custody Friday by Metro Police and faces charges in connection with a double-homicide of a mother and daughter in their Robin Street home, April 27, 2012.

Published Fri, Apr 27, 2012 (10:10 p.m.)

Updated Fri, Apr 27, 2012 (11:03 p.m.)

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A 22-year-old suspected of slaying a mother and daughter was taken into custody Friday, police said.

Bryan Clay was arrested Friday by police on a felony child abuse warrant and will be rebooked at 7 a.m. Saturday in connection with the deaths of Ignacia Martinez, 38, and her 10-year-old daughter, Karla Martinez.

The two were found dead April 16 inside their home on the 1000 block of Robin Street after Ignacia Martinez’s 9-year-old son went to school and reported their deaths, police said.

Clay is also a suspect in the April 15 sexual assault against a 50-year-old woman near Tonopah and Vegas drives, police said.

DNA evidence linking the two cases became available around 5 p.m. Friday, police said.

The sexual assault of the 50-year-old and the slaying of the mother and daughter are believed to have taken place on the same day, police said.

The husband and father in the Robin Street incident was critically injured amid the slayings and remains hospitalized, police said. Another small child was found inside the home unharmed.

Currently, Clay will not be charged in connection with another assault that happened April 24 that officials originally thought could be linked, police said.

Anyone with information about either case can contact Metro’s homicide section at 828-3521 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555, to remain anonymous.

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Discussion: 31 comments so far…

  1. I know where he is going. I am a retired Nevada corrections officer. He's done, he's toast, he's bye bye!

  2. The shame of it, he must have been profiled wearing a hoodie, now all his hopes and dreams of someday being a pro athlete are dashed.

    For heaven sake, good thing the 9 year old didn't shoot him or he would have been put on trial.

  3. C'mon people, where is the outrage, he didn't do it, society did this to him. Wait and we'll see good ol boy's Al and Jesse rally around this guy. I can't wait until Obama or his wife comes to town, he looks just like the son we would have.

  4. He's a sample of what's walking around out there. Anyone wonder why many of us are armed in our homes? Self defense is now the presumption when any homeowner or routine citizen takes defensive or even offensive action--so many threats to our safety.

  5. Very well stated Roberta - planned resistance is the only logical response to what our society has created...wish it weren't so, but it is...simple and basic human nature...kudos!

  6. This guy's problems could have and should have been spotted and dealt with long before these crimes ever happened. This is a textbook example of what happens when there are no functioning social services.

    When we add up all of the costs related to the victims, the costs of prosecuting the perps and then either executing them or keeping them locked up, are we saving money or spending more taxpayer dollars than if we actually tried to prevent crime?

  7. Another reason to be armed and skilled at using your weapon of choice....scumbags like this need to be taken care of when he's committing the crime...it will save us taxpayers millions. Instead he'll be in the court/penal system for a long time costing us $.

  8. I've been riveted to the news everyday waiting for this case to unfold and a suspect to be apprehended, relieved now that this man is in custody. I'm curious to learn how this man was able to attack two adults, and how he targeted this family.

    His grandmother states, she wouldn't let him stay with her, because she wanted him to get out from under his mamas skirt, yet his mother had nothing to do with him, up until he came asking to stay with her. For a grandmother and mother to rebuke this man, It seems as if they both knew he had some serious issues.

    I personally never cared for having a gun in my home, but as I read the news on a daily basis. I'm seeing it as a unfortunate necessity now.

  9. I was relieved to know that my worst thoughts about the original story were unfounded. I am also relieved to see the cops catch this guy in a relatively short time.

    I am NOT relieved knowing our revolving door justice system might let this guy out on bail. I hope people remember the lessons from the Carter case.

  10. leric: Society has already spent at least $200K on this dude. K-12 at about $10-11K a year, probably food stamps, housing, medical care, ER for gang fight injuries, juvenile detention costs. And then there are the victims prior to this crime. You don't start out with murder. So there is a long string of victims out there. And the law enforcement costs on that. No social services? He's had too many and has never learned to do for himself, other than do the crime.

  11. Hopefully our D.A. is going to grow some and offer this guy the same thing he offered his victims.

    No deals for once. Fast track this one and get it done.

    Hate to say betting he sits in Jail for 25 to 30 years and by then they will have out lawed the death sentence. ;(

    Glad Metro got him, to bad he did not resist.

  12. Another young black male committing a violent crime. I'm just shocked. For all of you out there who are over-the-top fruit-loop liberals who blame this on his upbringing, poverty, prejudice, and blah, blah, blah. I say 110% bullsh... Unless you're psychotic, you know what is right and what is wrong. If you choose to commit violent crimes, you need to fry or be hung on the 6pm news as a promise to other pieces of garbage like this guy. There are too many blacks who have done well for themselves to blame "whitey" for all the bad deeds these gang-bangers are involved in. That's a choice they made willingly.

    When you look at the statistics about violent crime, you can easily see why young black males are targeted and profiled. They comprise anywhere fromn 4% to 7% of a metro area's population (2012 Census)but account for 25% to 75% of the violent crimes in those same areas (DOJ, FBI, Uniform Crime Reports, and local police department reports). The good and decent black community should be angered and up-in-arms about this far more than non-blacks are - but everywhere you look, this is not the case.

  13. Mr. Ashenbaum,

    Can you refine that "25% to 75%" figure? I will give you the benefit of the doubt that you wish to be objective, but that range is just too broad.

  14. Well let's consider a moment. A young Black woman looking for a relationship gets something like this. They produce a few babies. He can't find legitimate work so she and the kids are on TANF, food stamps, Section 8, Medicaid and all. Sooner or later "Daddy" is out of the picture. What chance do any of those kids have? And I'm NOT suggesting more government programs. And even with all of our best wishes for Mom and kids, we're just producing more of the same. Mom can be and can do everything in her power but against all odds, how happy can any of these people be. Now if K-12 could show her how to say no to certain relationships, say no to unwed pregnancy, say no to assistance and SHOW HER HOW TO MAKE HER OWN WAY, she has some chance at a happy life with or without children. And if we can help her chances by giving free contraception, let's go for it. And, for a moment, let's consider where the young man above, the Perp, would be IF he had a parent that showed him how to rely on himself instead of breaking and entering, taking what he wants....