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16-Year-Old Student Sexually Assaults Las Vegas Teacher In Classroom, Arrested For Attempted Murder

Las Vegas, NV – A Clark County high school teacher is in stable condition after she was attacked, brutally beaten, and sexually assaulted in a classroom on Thursday by a 16-year-old student who allegedly tried to kill her because he was angry about his grades.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) officers were dispatched at about 3:30 p.m. on April 7 to Eldorado High School, located in the 1100 block of North Linn Lane, KVVU reported.

Police said the suspect – identified in jail records as 16-year-old Jonathan Eluterio Martinez Garcia – went to talk to a teacher in her classroom because he was unhappy about some grades, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Investigators said the conversation erupted into violence when the student attacked his teacher.

LVMPD said the suspect repeatedly punched his teacher and strangled her until she lost consciousness, KVVU reported.

The student fled the school after he tried to kill his teacher, according to LVMPD’s Sexual Assault Section.

Another teacher found their unconscious colleague on the floor of the classroom a short time later and summoned help, according to KVVU.

She was transported to the hospital and remained there in stable condition on Saturday.

Police quickly identified the suspect and arrested Garcia in the 5700-block of Cedar Avenue, KVVU reported.

Garcia was taken into custody without incident, according to officials.

Jail records indicated the 16 year old had been booked into the Clark County Detention Center and charged with three counts of attempted murder, sexual assault, robbery, and battery with intent to commit sex assault, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Clark County School District Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara said he was “devastated” in a statement on Friday evening, KTNV reported.

“Our hearts are heavy because of the violence committed against her, and we pray for her full recovery,” the statement read.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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