Nearly seven months after a shooting that killed a Las Vegas man, detectives have arrested a suspect, thanks, in part, to a pizza receipt.
According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, 25-year-old Bettie Ann Pires was arrested on June 14 for the Nov. 22, 2016 murder of 50-year-old Kevin Thomas.
The Clark County Coroner’s Office confirmed Thomas died of a single gunshot wound to the head and the manner was ruled a homicide.
The shooting was originally reported in the 5100 block of East Twain Avenue near Nellis Boulevard, outside of the Bella Estates apartment complex.
Police say that a woman — who happens to be a nurse — and her friend were nearby at the time of the shooting and began CPR on Thomas until Clark County Fire Department Paramedics arrived.
Arriving officers found an orange Chevrolet HHR parked nearby, blocking the entrance and exit of the apartment complex.
During a search of the Chevy, later revealed to belong to Thomas, officers found a Pizza Hut box on the floorboard behind the driver seat.
In a detailed arrest report, LVMPD detectives reveal that a Pizza Hut receipt was found underneath Thomas’ body.
Listed on the receipt, an order had been placed by “Betty” around 6:10 p.m. for a “large stuffed cheese pizza with sausage and an order of chicken wings.” The order had been picked up around 15 minutes later where the unknown person paid cash.
Officers then determined the Pizza Hut was located at 3001 West Sahara Avenue, approximately ten miles from the crime scene.
Video surveillance from the restaurant showed a man, woman, and two smaller children arrive at the Pizza Hut in an orange Chevy HHR.
All four entered the Pizza Hut, sat down and waited for the pizza, and talked amongst themselves and with other customers before leaving the store around 6:30 p.m.
The woman was driving the vehicle upon arrival and when it exited the parking lot.
In interviews with Thomas’ children and his employer, detectives learned of a recent altercation between Thomas and his girlfriend, however, no one seemed to know her real name. Some possibly knew her as “Shay.
Through a records check of the name “Betty” and the phone number listed on the receipt, as well as apartment rental applications, detectives believed “Betty” to be Bettie Ann Marshay Pires.
In an interview with Pires on Nov. 30, she admitted to detectives that she used AKA’s of “Shay Winning” and “Shay Blessed” on her Facebook accounts. It was also revealed that Pires sometimes used the name “Eboni” which is her sister’s true name.
Pires admitted to detectives that she was a prostitute and met Thomas around two to three months prior and had been living with him and her two children.
Detectives also learned that Pires and Thomas had two prior incidents of domestic violence. One event was a battery domestic violence report with Thomas listed as the suspect, while another was reported by neighbors, however, no report was officially filed since police could not make contact with anyone at the apartment.
Pires initially claimed she left Thomas after the second domestic violence incident and was not with Thomas on Nov. 22 but later changed her statement after detectives confronted her about the Pizza Hut receipt and surveillance, saying she “thought she was at Pizza Hut on Monday.
She stated to police that she had contacted Thomas on Nov. 22, asking him to bring food for the children. He then picked her and the girls up and then traveled to the Pizza Hut.
Pires claimed Thomas had been consuming alcoholic beverages and argued with the manager at Pizza Hut because their pizza was burned. In an interview with police, the manager stated he did not believe Thomas was drunk at the time but that he was angry and Pires had tried to calm him down.
Pires also stated that Thomas got into an argument with a homeless man outside the restaurant as they were exiting. Detectives interviewed the man who said Thomas told him to “get a job” and that all four people then got into the vehicle and left.
Surveillance footage confirmed the two incidents, but it is unknown what was said because there was no audio.
Pires then said that she left his vehicle and called her mom to pick her and the girls up at Thomas’ apartment on Arville Street, then saying that the last time she saw Thomas was when she left him at the Pizza Hut. She also stated that she did not know why Thomas was near her sister’s apartment and she had no knowledge of his death until her sister told her he had been murdered.
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Information obtained from social media accounts also revealed that Pires had recently started associating with a man identified as Christopher Freeny, later revealed to have a prior history of pimping prostitutes and who was placed on formal probation in Nevada as of August 2016.
On March 24, detectives conducted a voluntary interview with LaTasha Parker after she and her boyfriend, Quincy Johnson, contacted LVMPD H