Longtime fugitive Reinhold Neumann, who was going by the name Joaquin LopezCaraballo, when he was arrested in Las Vegas after being on the run for 13 years.
He was first arrested on 8-11 for a DUI and resisting arrest. It appears that he may have provided a different age according to online arrest records. He was released but then the well trained officers with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department (LVMPD) discovered a fingerprint match to Neumann so the Criminal Apprehensive Team (CAT) tracked down the longtime fugitive and he was arrested at the Imperial Palace Las Vegas where he allegedly was working
He is accused of assaulting 2 officers in Nov. 1999 in Oren, UT.
Officers John McCombs and Garrett Smit had responded to a suspicious vehicle call in November of 1999.
Smit found his partner lying in the driveway bleeding from the head.
In a May 2010 ABC4.com interview, Smit recalling his encounter said,
All of the sudden, out of the corner of my eye, I saw this truck barreling down on me.
I drew my pistol and started firing through the windshield.
More out of luck than skill, I think I grabbed on to the front bumper with my right hand.
Smit suffered extensive injuries including severe back injuries, broken ribs, a punctured lung, a crushed leg, cuts, and bruises.
Reinhold (Christian) Neumann was on the run. He may have undergone plastic surgery to alter his appearance. Utah’s KSL.com has put together a montage of photos the many faces of Reinhold Neumann.
Four long years passed until Pasadena, CA Police chased and apprehended someone one driving a stolen car.
The driver turned out to be Reinhold Christian Neumann. In an arrogant display of callousness, he had Officer McCombs service revolver in the car on the front seat.
Back to Utah he went to face two counts of attempted homicide of a police officer and unbelievably he was released on bail even though Reinhold had been identified as a violent offender leaving many, including the officers involved, questioning Utah’s apparent revolving door of justice.
Reinhold’s father put up 10% of his $50,000 bail and he promptly absconded.
It was believed for a time that he was hiding out in Santiago, Chile where his father is from.
It is not known how he ended up in Las Vegas working at the Imperial Palace or what position he held. Gaming positions require a registration with the State Gaming Control Board that includes fingerprinting. This registration is not required for non-gaming positions although nearly all of the Las Vegas Casinos conduct some type of a background check.
He is being held at the Clark County Detention Center while awaiting extradition back to Utah. Perhaps this time, they will not let him out on bond.