LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A man accused of shooting and killing a woman in a Las Vegas Strip hotel room told police his name was “John Doe” after he was found with four fake IDs from three different states.
Dandre Owens, 29, faces several charges after a woman’s body was found in a room in the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, as 8 News Now first reported.
On Jan. 29 at around 2 a.m., a man called the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department asking for them to perform a welfare check on his girlfriend, later identified as 29-year-old Brittani Bailey.
The man told police he spoke with Bailey four hours prior and knew she was visiting the MGM Hotel and Casino and told police a specific room number, the report stated. He said he called her several times and did not receive an answer.
LVMPD officers contacted MGM Hotel security, who knocked on the room several times but did not receive a response. Security officers heard music playing inside the room and after receiving no answer, entered the room, according to the report.
Inside the room, security found Bailey lying unresponsive and mostly naked, wearing only socks, on the bed with a large amount of blood “pooled” around her head. Security said she was “cold to the touch” and did not have a pulse, documents said.
The report stated Bailey had been shot in the back of the head and medical personnel later pronounced her dead at the scene.
A records check showed the room was rented by an unnamed individual. Security footage of the hotel showed the individual checking into the Hotel and giving Owens the keycard at around 4 p.m. on Jan. 28, the report stated.
Before the murder, Owens posted an online advertisement asking for help renting a room in exchange for cash, according to the report. Police said the individual did not know Owens before booking the room.
At around 9:30 p.m., Bailey was dropped off at the MGM Hotel by a rideshare vehicle. Owens met her at the bottom of the elevator bay and the two went upstairs.
Fourteen minutes after the two entered the hotel room, Owens left alone and exited the hotel. Records show that no one left or entered the room until security arrived to conduct a welfare check at 2 a.m.
Police found a rideshare account under a fake name used by Owens, showing two trips: one shortly before the murder and one a few hours after, the report stated.
A records check of the phone number attached to the rideshare account showed Owens was working for a food delivery service under a fake name using a Texas driver’s license number.
On Feb. 4, officers were surveilling a residence when an unknown man, later identified as Owens, exited the residence. The man matched the description of the suspect in Bailey’s murder, who was unknown at the time, the report stated.
Police took Owens into custody in a parking lot in the 6400 block of South Pecos Road. Officers found a firearm, magazine, and firearm suppressor on Owens’ person during a patdown search.
Owens gave police a fake New Jersey driver’s license, but could not provide his date of birth. The license he gave them lacked embossing and emblems, leading police to believe it was fake, the report stated.
Three additional fake driver’s licenses were found on him, including one from Texas that matched the name of his food delivery service account. He was then taken to LVMPD Headquarters.
When asked to identify himself during an interview, Owens initially identified himself as “John Doe.” After around 30 minutes, he correctly identified himself for the first time since being stopped in the parking lot.
When asked about the firearm and the suppressor, Owens told police he found them in a “desert area” near Blue Diamond Road, but could not give an exact location.
When police searched Owen’s house, they found four additional firearm suppressors and ammunition.
While Owens admitted to making fake IDs, he denied any knowledge or involvement in Bailey’s murder. Bailey’s social security card was found in his wallet, which Owns told police he found with the firearm, the report stated.
Owens faces charges of open murder with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, possession of a silencer/suppressor, obtaining and using personal identification of another to avoid/delay prosecution, theft, forgery, and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.
He is being held at the Clark County Detention Center without bail. His next appearance is scheduled for Feb. 13.