LAS VEGAS NV March 2 2017 A suspect has been arrested in the April 2016 shooting death of a security guard at a southwest Las Vegas valley construction site.
Raymond Padilla, 43, is facing six felony counts, including murder with use of a deadly weapon, in the death of Mark Santee, 48, who was working as a security officer at Safeguard Security at a construction site in the 5100 block of South Jerry Tarkanian Way, near Tropicana and Fort Apache, when he was found shot to death.
Investigators said at the time that they believed several robbers may have been scouring the site when Santee attempted to stop them. His family friends tell News 3 he was shot four times and severely beaten.
Padilla had been arrested in September on charges unrelated to this investigation. LVMPD Homicide detectives re-booked him Monday on the following charges related to this case: murder with use of a deadly weapon; robbery with use of a deadly weapon; burglary; conspiracy to commit murder; conspiracy to commit robbery; and conspiracy to commit burglary.
Padilla is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Thursday at the Regional Justice Center.
“It was only a matter of time. I had complete trust this day would come," said Amber Santee, Mark's daughter, in a statement issued to News 3." I’m happy about the arrest but deeply saddened that my Dad’s life was taken."
This homicide remains under investigation, and detectives continue to locate and interview other persons of interest.
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