Police: Dispute over ‘respect’ preceded triple shooting

Published Wed, Dec 27, 2017 (8:58 a.m.)

Updated Wed, Dec 27, 2017 (2:30 p.m.)

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Christine Sanchez

After gunfire erupted at a southeast valley house Friday afternoon, the suspect in a triple slaying told the homeowner to take care of her dog “because she was going to jail for what she had done,” according to a Metro Police arrest report.

Christine Sanchez, 47, who goes by the moniker “Lady Mousie,” and the homeowner were in an ongoing dispute with three of their roommates because they did not “respect them, their property, and the house,” a Metro detective wrote in the report.

An arraignment for Sanchez, originally scheduled for this morning, was postponed until Thursday. Las Vegas Justice Court Judge Ann Zimmerman said a conflict of interest prevented her from arraigning Sanchez on three counts of murder. No more details about the conflict were provided.

According to police, officers arrived about 1:30 p.m. Friday to a run-down, “problem house” in the 4300 block of Del Santos Drive, near Tropicana Avenue and Lamb Boulevard, and found the bodies of the three roommates. Two men were dead in a bedroom, and Natasha Henry, 43, was found in another room, police said.

In an interview with detectives, the homeowner said he was in the living room when he heard an argument and gunshots in one room, followed by gunfire in another room, police said.

Sanchez, who was holding a gun, then asked to use his phone and told him to watch her dog, police said. Before she left, Sanchez told the homeowner that the roommates had just tried to break into her room, police said.

The homeowner told police Sanchez intended to try to evict the roommates that morning, but her ride to court didn’t show up, according to the report.

Sanchez was arrested Friday night by a police task force near Alta Drive and Decatur Boulevard. She told detectives she was sleeping when she heard gunshots and didn’t know about the shooting before she left, according to the report.

In September 2014, Sanchez was arrested on a murder count in the shooting of Bonnie Rice, 52, at the victim’s apartment North Las Vegas, authorities said. North Las Vegas Police said Sanchez shot Rice multiple times and stole her vehicle.

That case, however, was dismissed in June. Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Tuesday there wasn’t enough evidence to proceed.

Earlier in 2014, Sanchez was arrested on one count each of domestic battery and attempted murder, according to court records. Those charges also were dismissed.

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