Deputy district attorney arrested for DUI – after being pulled over with her sleeping child in the vehicle

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LAS VEGAS, NV – A Clark County deputy district attorney is facing some serious charges after allegedly being drunk behind the wheel earlier in July while having a sleeping child in the backseat of her vehicle after being pulled over by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper.

On July 18th, a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper had pulled over Clark County Deputy District Attorney Nicole Malich at approximately 2:30 a.m. along U.S. 95 southbound near Tropicana. The trooper had reportedly observed the suspect’s car failing to stay in its lane and repeatedly going over the fog line.

After the trooper had pulled Malich over, the arrest report noted that her speech was “thick and slurred”, and that the trooper could smell “a strong odor of unknown intoxicating beverage” on the suspect’s breath.

Malich had reportedly told the trooper that she’d consumed one beer roughly two hours earlier. When Malich agreed to participate in a field sobriety test, the arrest report noted that she had failed.

Malich was subsequently arrested, and child protective services was called to pick up the child (whose age was redacted from the report) who was in Malich’s backseat.

A blood draw was reportedly conducted at the Clark County Detention Center approximately three hours after the stop was conducted. Malich has since been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, failing to maintain, failing to use a turn signal and child endangerment.

The Clark County District Attorney’s Office has yet to comment on the employment status of Malich, following her arrest and charges, with a spokesperson for the office simply saying the matter is “confidential”:

“As to Ms. Malich’s status with our office, that is a confidential personnel matter, and we will not be commenting on that at this time.”

Furthermore, the Nevada Attorney General’s Office – which the case was referred to, reportedly – is also not commenting on Malich’s case, nor is the attorney representing the deputy district attorney in the matter.

A court date is scheduled for November for Malich, according to reports.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight on this developing case.  

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In other news coming out of Las Vegas, a 24-year-old woman was recently arrested after allegedly threatening to kill police officers – among a litany of other charges. 

Here’s that previous report from earlier in July. 

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LAS VEGAS, NV- According to authorities, a woman has been accused of threatening a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) officer with death and during her arrest, slipped out of the handcuffs twice.

Reportedly, officers arrested 24-year-old Ashton Cabrales at an apartment on Algonquin Drive near Flamingo Road and Maryland Parkway around 3 a.m. on Monday, July 12th.

The arrest report stated that an officer put Cabrales in handcuffs and into his patrol vehicle, but that she was able to get out of the handcuffs and attempted to break a window. The officer proceeded to take Cabrales out of the vehicle where he then placed the handcuffs back on the woman.

The report also stated that during that process, Cabrales resisted the officer and a sergeant who was assisting in the incident. The report added that the woman was kicking and spitting at the officer and sergeant. 

The officer and sergeant were able to placed Cabrales in the patrol vehicle a second time. However, soon after, she again slipped out of the handcuffs. The report stated that while officers tried to place her in handcuffs for the third time, the woman yelled racial slurs, telling one officer:

“She was going to find his house and kill him and his family.”

The report added that the woman said:

“She can’t wait for the judge to release her after court so she could get the best of him.”

Authorities said that while on the way to the Clark County Detention Center, Cabrales purposely slammed her head against the partition in the cruiser, causing injuries to her face. Once at the jail, nurses informed police that the woman would need to be taken to the hospital due to her injuries.

The report stated that on her way to the hospital, Cabrales continued to slam her ace against the glass. According to authorities, Cabrales faces charges of battery on a protected person, intimidating a public officer, resisting a public officer, battery, and domestic battery. She is being held without bail.

In a separate incident, a woman has been arrested for a possible hate crime after she reportedly hit a 6-year-old child who was with his parents on the Las Vegas Strip. According to the arrest report, police responded to a battery call on July 5th at The Shops at Crystals.

The father of the the child told police that he was talking with his wife and two children when a woman hit his child in the back of his head, reportedly yelling, “coronavirus was all your fault.”

The wife started recording the woman, since identified as 57-year-old Shelly Ann Hill, as she was yelling and walking away from the family of four. At that time, the parents stated they did not want to press charges.

A few days later, on July 7th, a detective contacted the mother who sent him the video of Hill yelling at the family. The detective also viewed a video of the incident that was captured by a surveillance camera in the area.

The police were able to identify Hill and on July 10th, took her into custody. During a police interview, Hill denied that she hit the child. However, she did tell police that a woman filmed her and threatened to kill her.

The child was not injured. The child’s mother posted a video of Hill screaming at the family on TikTok. The video went viral and has been like over 153,00o times. 

Hill is being held at the Clark County Detention Center. She is facing three charges, hate crime, battery, and child abuse or neglect. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on July 27th.

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Back in March, we at Law Enforcement Today shared a report of a suspected MS-13 gang member was arrested in Las Vegas for an alleged murder he committed in El Salvador. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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LAS VEGAS, NV – An illegal immigrant wanted in connection for a murder reportedly committed in his home country of El Salvador was arrested in Las Vegas earlier in March.

The Salvadoran national, who is reportedly also an MS-13 gang member, had been wanted by Salvadoran authorities since March of 2019 for charges of aggravated homicide and affiliation with terrorist organizations.

On March 3rd, agents and officers from ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department arrested 50-year-old Noe Victelio “Colocho” Rivera-Batres at his residence located in Las Vegas.

Back in June of 2018, Rivera was said to have illegally entered the United States near McAllen, Texas, and was later issued a Notice and Order of Expedited Removal by the U.S. Border Patrol that same month.

The United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, McAllen Division, subsequently also convicted Rivera for the illegal entry and sentenced him to time served and was transferred over to ICE.

However, Rivera reportedly bonded out of ICE custody the same day that he was transferred over.

On March 11th, 2019, an arrest warrant for Rivera was issued out of San Miguel, El Salvador for charges of aggravated homicide and affiliation with terrorist organizations.

But Rivera wouldn’t crop up on authorities’ radar until May of 2019, when INTERPOL issued a Red Notice in relation to the El Salvador arrest warrant for Rivera.

According to officials, the alleged murder that Rivera is wanted in connection with occurred on October 31st, 2015 at a cemetery in the municipality of Ozatlan. As for the terrorist organization offense, that is likely due to Rivera’s alleged affiliation with MS-13.

After U.S. authorities became aware of the INTERPOL Red Notice, ICE’s ERO faction initiated a custody redetermination for Rivera on January 5th, 2021, which required that Rivera surrender himself to ICE by February 10th.

Yet, Rivera did not self-surrender on the aforementioned date.

This inaction on Rivera’s part is what led federal agents and local police to arrest him at his residence on March 3rd.

Caridad Cephas-Kimbrough, who serves as the acting ICE ERO field office director for Nevada, Utah, Montana and Idaho, made the following comments regarding the arrest of Rivera:

“The allegations in this case are extremely disturbing. But it’s reassuring to know this individual will now be held to answer for his crimes.”

“For its part, ERO will continue to focus resources and execute its law enforcement mission on cases that are a threat to national security, border security and public safety. ICE/ERO will carry out enforcement actions in accordance with current guidance and maintain a high level of security in our communities and country.”

“This includes working closely with our foreign law enforcement partners to promote public safety and hold dangerous criminal offenders accountable for their actions – no matter where they commit their crimes.”

Special Agent in Charge for the ICE’s HSI Las Vegas Office, Francisco Burrola, shared similar sentiments to that of Field Officer Director Cephas-Kimbrough, noting that criminals wanted by their countries of origin will not be able to seek refuge in the United States to avoid justice:

“HSI remains committed to identifying, investigating and arresting individuals who pose a serious public safety threat to our communities. By working together with our law enforcement partners, we will ensure those individuals hiding from their home country, will not find refuge here.”

Rivera will reportedly remain in ICE’s custody until his removal proceedings are completed.

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