Las Vegas Violence Roundup: Additional Counts Filed in Shooting of Sex Worker

A woman has been charged with two counts of alleged involvement in the shooting of a prostitute in the Las Vegas park in January, as revealed last week. Anessa Renee Denton, aged 22 and from Las Vegas, was indicted with attempted murder with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit attempted murder. It is thought that Denton was part of a plot to draw the potential victim to a hotel in Henderson, Nevada. The victim, a former prostitute of Jose Flores, 22, was allegedly shot multiple times in the abdomen, arm, and leg while in a car at the 80-acre Exploration Peak Park. It is said that Flores had threatened the victim if he saw her outside working with her new pimp, he would take retaliatory action. In addition, Flores also shot the victim’s current pimp in the wrist while at the park. On the same day, Flores was arrested and charged with attempted murder with a deadly weapon, mayhem with a deadly weapon, battery with a deadly weapon resulting in substantial bodily harm, trafficking of an adult with a deadly weapon, and discharging a gun into an occupied vehicle. The woman and her current pimp had gone to the Henderson hotel but when she spotted Flores in a car, they drove to the park. Flores was later apprehended and is currently in custody.

Furthermore, a Richard Millie Le Mans watch, worth $380,000, was stolen from a man’s wrist at the XS Nightclub at the Encore Las Vegas in August, as stated by the police last week. Jhon Mogollon Ayala, 42, was charged with theft and larceny for the incident and is due to appear in court on April 20. It is believed that the crime involved a half dozen suspects, the majority of whom have been apprehended. Ayala is accused of taking the luxury watch from the victim’s wrist, with someone first brushing against the victim. The victim was identified as Lorenzo Loken, 39, and Ayala’s lawyer has claimed that his client is innocent.

Finally, Matthew Beasley, accused of a $460M Ponzi scheme in Las Vegas, pleaded not guilty on Friday to federal charges. The 50-year-old suspended attorney was indicted last week for multiple counts of wire fraud and money laundering, with his trial due to start in June. In addition, the charge against Beasley of assault on a federal officer was dropped. It was claimed that he had aimed a gun at FBI agents on March 3, 2022 when they arrived at his home to question him about the scheme, and an agent shot Beasley when he refused to drop the firearm. It is said that some of the money was used to pay off gambling debts and to purchase luxury homes and vehicles.