LV man beaten, severely injured

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By The Staff

Las Vegas Optic

A 29-year-old Las Vegas man was beaten so severely this past weekend that he had to be airlifted to a Denver hospital.

Chris Manzanares, who lives on Rita Drive, suffered severe head injuries from the attack, which happened at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday on the 700 block of Pecos Street, according to a city police report.

The incident remains under investigation.

Manzanares told police he was at a party when a man by the name of Paul or James Martinez confronted him “and asked him why he had a problem with his uncle,” the report states.

Manzanares reportedly told the man he didn’t have a problem with his uncle. The man then told Manzanares that he and his friends were going to jump him.

Manzanares told police he left the house at that time but was followed.

He said the man hit him in the face with a bar.  He told police that about five other men then started kicking him in the head.

During the altercation, Manzanares lost a shoe and his cellular telephone in a field across the house where the party was being held.

He said he saw his assailants leave in a green or gray Nissan Maxima.

Manzanares ended up at Alta Vista Regional Hospital, and police were dispatched there to talk to him.

Police documented that Manzanares had “two purple and swollen shut eyes, severe swelling on his left cheek, and was bleeding from underneath his chin,” according to the report filed by officer Juan Gonzales. Manzanares was airlifted to Denver Colorado due to his injuries, the report states.

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In an unrelated incident, Las Vegas police were dispatched to a house on the 200 block of Valencia at 3:14 a.m. Sunday in reference to shots fired.

Orlando Varela, 29, told police that a man by the name of “Chris” had just fired a gun at him and drove away in a newer model Dodge truck. The report doesn’t list a last name for Chris.

Officers found no bullet holes on Varela’s house nor any spent shell casings at the residence. An officer did find a single 203 Ruger round that had not been fired.

Varela told police he had friends over to his house after a wedding reception, and everyone was drinking. He said a man became very angry and wanted to fight him.

Varela reportedly told the man that he didn’t want to fight and asked him to leave. He said the next thing he knew the man had a .357 with a scope. Varela told police the man pointed the weapon at him and fired about three or four times.

Varela said he began fighting the man for the gun, and that an unknown person was able to get the gun away from him.

Jennifer Montoya, 28, told police that Chris, who appeared angry that night, invited her to walk with him to his truck to get another bottle of alcohol.

She told police that Chris then made unwelcome sexual advances, and she punched him in the face.

She said she later witnessed Chris yelling at Varela to hit him. Montoya said Chris went back to his truck and returned with a gun.

“Montoya told me that Chris pointed the gun at Mr. Varela and pulled the trigger, but it just went ‘click’ and nothing happened,” states the report filed by officer David Cordova.

Montoya managed to get the gun away from Chris and threw it under the front passenger seat of Chris’ truck. Chris then left the residence, the report states.