After a Las Vegas resident’s doorbell camera captured an alleged kidnapping, police have arrested suspect Darnell Rogers, authorities said.
Las Vegas Metro Police credited the public tips they received after the video went viral online. The video showed what appeared to be a woman being beaten and then kidnapped early New Year’s Day, as reported by ABC 8. The incident was captured on a Nest home surveillance video at around 12:48 a.m. local time.
In the video, the woman pleads to the suspect, “Stop, no!” and he asks, “Why would you f—ing do that?”
The woman, who has not been identified, was described by Las Vegas Metro Police Department as white, about 20 to 30 years old with dark hair. She was last seen wearing ripped blue jeans, a long-sleeved shirt and dark boots. The victim has since been found by police and authorities say she is safe.
The suspect, Rodgers, 23, was arrested around 3 a.m. on Thursday, January 2, 2020. He faces charges of kidnapping and domestic battery. Authorities described the situation as a domestic dispute.
In the video, the woman is seen rushing to a stranger’s door for help before a man, whom police identified as Rodgers, wearing a striped long-sleeved shirt, runs up and beats her to the ground. The suspect is then seen dragging the woman back to his car before driving off in a white Hyundai Sonata with a sunroof.
Rodgers Welcomed a Baby With the Woman in December
Rodgers and the woman in the video welcomed a baby girl in December 2019, which the couple proudly announced on social media, and celebrated her birth with family and friends. The child was reported safe by authorities. The suspect and the woman in the video are boyfriend and girlfriend, according to police.
According to Rodgers’s Facebook page, he is originally from Moorpark, California, but currently lives in Blue Diamond, Nevada. He recently started working at Hilton Grand Vacations, a travel company tied to the popular hotel chain.
Police Personally Thanked Citizens For Calling In to Help Find the Suspect In the Video
Dennis O’Brien, captain of South Central Air Command, said during a press conference on Thursday that “the domestic violence turned into a kidnapping,” after a concerned citizen called in the reported video. The video was sent to the agency, and the police went through every call of service to see if they named the stature of the suspect, and did a video blast online, which led them to finding the exact address of the suspect.
“This is an absolutely violent crime,” O’Brien said. “Domestic violence is one of the most violent crimes we deal with on a daily basis. It’s important that the public reach out and that these surveillance systems are so helpful for us and following up and countering the crimes, to combat these violent crimes. Thank you to all of you, to the citizens, and the excellent work done by my detectives.”