Las Vegas police say suspects aimed to rob victim before Motel 6 murder

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) –

Three people have been detained in a deadly shooting at an off-Strip Motel 6 last month, police said.

Police said the 2 guys and a lady planned to rob the victim, recognized as 38-year-old Tommie Burnside, Jr., when he was eliminated on April 9.

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Melissa Espinoza, 28, checked into the Motel 6 near Dean Martin Drive and Tropicana Opportunity on April 4, according to cops records. Five days later on, she, 2 guys and a juvenile witness were seen on video surveillance making multiple journeys to and from the motel.

About 9 p.m., authorities said Espinoza and the two males, 23-year-old Nicholas Johnson and 18-year-old Damari Humphrey, met another guy on the residential or commercial property. They appeared to have a “lengthy discussion.”

Within the hour, the two men went to Burnside’s space where they said Johnson and Humphrey entered and a struggle took place. Witnesses informed cops Johnson shot Burnside a minimum of as soon as, according to a Las Vegas Metropolitan Authorities Department warrant.

Burnside was taken to University Medical Center and later died of his injuries.

After the shooting, police connected a light-colored Lincoln Navigator to Espinoza. The lorry was tracked by an active GPS device and was located the next day at Espinoza’s sweetheart’s house. The juvenile witness, who cops did not recognize, was seen in the automobile prior to it left the area.

Detectives were called by Espinoza on April 11, cops records show. She was informed authorities wished to speak to her, nevertheless she left the state that night.

Espinoza’s car was found by Los Angeles police the next morning, east of Pasadena. Espinoza was collared on an unassociated warrant and the juvenile witness was apprehended as she was listed as missing.

While in custody at a kids and family services center, the juvenile witness offered a statement to a counselor, then to cops. She recognized Johnson and Humphrey as “Scooby” and “Poppa Cee,” respectively, both allegedly members of the Rolling 60’s Crip gang.

She told authorities Burnside and his sibling, determined by police as Jo T. or “Loco,” were trying to hire her and Espinoza as street prostitutes. Throughout a discussion, among the siblings revealed them a large amount of loan.

Hours prior to the murder, the group decided to rob one or both of the Burnside siblings, police said. Throughout the battle, the witness said, Johnson beat Burnside with the hand holding a weapon, then when he was on the ground, Johnson shot him several times.

Espinoza, the witness and the 2 men fled on Dean Martin Drive after the shooting, driving versus traffic due to construction, the witness informed police.

She stated no money was recovered from the break-in. In custody in California, Espinoza told cops that there was no strategy to eliminate Burnside.

Espinoza, Johnson and Humphrey made a preliminary appearance in court last week and will face a preliminary hearing in Las Vegas on June 6. All three face the charges of conspiracy to dedicate break-in, tried burglary and murder.

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