Las Vegas Crime Round Up: Nathan Chasing Horse Faces 19 More Charges

Nathan Chasing Horse, the 46-year-old one-time actor and cult leader, is facing more charges as Nevada investigators continue to look into allegations against him from Native American girls and women.

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Nathan Chasing Horse is seen at a February Nevada court appearance. He was indicted on more charges this week. (Image: Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

This week, he was indicted by a Las Vegas grand jury on 10 counts of sexual assault with a minor under 16, six counts of sexual assault, and a single count each of open and gross lewdness, kidnapping of a minor, and trafficking a controlled substance, Las Vegas TV station KLAS reported.

The allegations stem from incidents that took place between 2014 and 2020. Details were not available.

The new charges were presented in court on Wednesday before District Judge Jerry Wiese. The cases will be heading to trial, according to Las Vegas TV station KTNV.

Chasing Horse was first arrested on January 31 at his home in North Las Vegas, which he reportedly shares with several wives.

There are also charges or pending charges against him in Nevada federal court, as well as from courts in Montana and Canada.

They relate to the alleged exploitation of female victims, underage sex, pornography, and other counts.

He also allegedly took advantage of his leadership position of a suspected cult, known as The Circle, to groom girls and teens for sexual activities.

Chasing Horse gained national attention when he appeared as the character Smiles A Lot in the 1990 “Dances with Wolves” movie.

He remains in the Clark County Detention Center as of Thursday. Bail was set at $300K.

An online petition seeks to send him to prison and demands that authorities never grant him bail. As of Thursday morning, 1,157 people put their names on the petition.

When he appears in court, numerous supporters have attended hearings.

Double Homicide Near Boulder Station Casino

Two people were fatally shot on Monday behind a business near the intersection of South Nellis Boulevard and East Desert Inn Road in Las Vegas. The location is about a mile from the Boulder Station Hotel and Casino.

One of the victims, Vincent Spoto, 65, died from a head wound. The other, Shella Huey, 46, passed away from a wound that injured her neck and head.

Both victims underwent autopsies at the Clark County coroner’s office. On Wednesday, both deaths were ruled homicides.

The couple were possibly homeless and maybe living in the area of the crime. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported clothes, shoes, batteries, a shopping cart, and wood pallets were seen at the scene after the shootings.

As of early this week, police did not have a motive in the double homicide.

Hero Cop Honored by Clark County Commissioners

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Officer Derek Stebbins was honored this week for rescuing an injured man from a fiery car on the Las Vegas Strip.

Stebbins and a passerby, Justin Mouser, a Kentucky barber who was visiting Vegas, pulled the unconscious motorist from the vehicle as increasing smoke and flames put their own lives at risk.

Stebbins suffered smoke inhalation. But he soon returned to duty.

Dramatic video of the January 27 rescue has appeared in media throughout the U.S. and in other nations.

The driver, later identified as Alexander Jay Dawkins, crashed his car near the Venetian. He survived the accident and was charged with DUI.

The  Clark County Board of Commissioners presented Stebbins with a proclamation on Tuesday.

Stebbins serves in the LVMPD’s Convention Center Area Command.

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