Police correct timeline of Vegas reporter’s fatal assault

LAS VEGAS — Police released a photo Tuesday of a vehicle that may have been used by a potential suspect in the fatal attack on a Las Vegas newspaper investigative reporter.

They also said Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German was apparently killed on Friday, not Saturday, as previously reported by police.

“We weren’t notified (of the murder) until Saturday morning,” Capt. Dori Koren, spokeswoman for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, said at a press conference Tuesday.

German, 69, was found stabbed to death outside his home after authorities received a 911 call.

German died of “multiple sharp object injuries” in a homicide, according to the Clark County Coroner/Medical Examiner’s Office.

Police say German was apparently in an altercation with another person that led to the stabbing and it was an isolated incident.

“We believe the person was in the area earlier for other crimes,” Koren said.

Police released surveillance footage of the potential suspect on Monday, although the photos did not show the person’s full face. The stills show a person wearing a wide straw hat, bright orange reflective long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans, gray shoes and carrying a black or dark blue shoulder bag.

On Tuesday, police showed brief video of the potential suspect walking down a sidewalk in the same “construction gear” as the surveillance footage, according to Koren.

Police also slowed down a somewhat blurry photo of a red or maroon 2007-2014 GMC Yukon Denali four-door vehicle that had chrome handles, a sunroof and a luggage rack that may be related to the case.

Koren said police are asking for the public’s help in finding additional surveillance footage of the possible suspect taken between 8 a.m. and 1 a.m. Friday near the crime scene.

“We have confidence in our investigation,” he said. “We have made tremendous progress, but we still have a long way to go.”

German joined the Review-Journal in 2010 after more than two decades at the Las Vegas Sun, where he was a columnist and reporter covering the courts, politics, labor, government and organized crime.

He was known for his stories of government misdeeds and political scandals and his coverage of the 2017 mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival that killed 60 people and injured more than 400 others.

According to the Review-Journal, German had a master’s degree from Marquette University and was the author of the 2001 true-crime book “Murder in Sin City: The Death of a Las Vegas Casino Boss,” the story of the death of Ted Binion, heir to the Horseshoe Club fortune.

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