Suspect in April 2016 killing of security guard speaks out

LAS VEGAS - Metro Police have arrested a man in connection with the death of a security guard in April 2016 at a construction site.

Raymond Padilla, 43, is charged with murder with the use of a deadly weapon, robbery with the use of a deadly weapon, burglary, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit burglary.

Metro police say the victim, 48-year-old Mark Steven Santee was a security guard patrolling a construction site when he confronted a thief.  Detectives say he was shot several times. 

Padilla is the man police believe was involved in the deadly shooting. He says he was stopped by police because he was driving an orange colored truck.

It's the same type of vehicle police believe was used in the robbery.  Padilla admits he's a felon, but served his time for committing an armed robbery when he was a teen and says police have the wrong guy now.

He thinks the police just want to get the case closed.

"This is Vegas you, can't have open murders without some sort of consequence,” Padilla said. “Nobody wants to spend their money, if there's open murder. What better? I got tattoos all over my face. I’m an ex-felon. I just got found guilty of possession of a firearm. I mean I'm the perfect bad guy."

Santee, was killed on April 27 at a southwest apartment complex near Fort Apache Road and Tropicana Avenue that was under construction.

His preliminary hearing is set for March 17.


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