Police in Nevada accused a woman of fabricating an attempted carjacking story to cover up running over a man and killing him after a fight.
On Feb. 23, officers responded to a call in Henderson just after 4 p.m. about a car crash involving a pedestrian. Henderson is located near Las Vegas.
The Henderson Police Department stated Danika Cain, 33, falsely reported to officers that “an unknown male stole the victim’s vehicle” that she was a passenger in, “struck the victim with the vehicle, and fled the scene on foot.”
Kent Reed, the car’s 44-year-old owner, died at the scene, and law enforcement officials scrambled to search for the supposed carjacker, including with a helicopter.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported at the time that Cain was seen sobbing at the scene while the victim’s brother looked on from across the street.
HPD later announced they had arrested Cain and charged her with one count of open murder with a deadly weapon. She is currently being held without bail at the Henderson Detention Center.
According to a police statement, Cain “fabricated the initial incident” after she and the victim “had been involved in a domestic-related verbal argument.”
“During the argument,” Henderson police wrote, “the victim exited the vehicle and Cain struck the victim with their vehicle, killing [him].”