For Immediate Release
On the afternoon of May 30, 2013, the victim in this case, a hard-working member of our community, went to the Rail City Casino to cash her paycheck. As she entered her car to leave the casino, she was approached by a masked man demanding her wallet. The man pointed a gun at her, at which point she gave him her wallet, and the man ran away from the scene. Courageously, the victim followed the suspect a short ways where she observed him drop the items used to disguise his face. However, no suspect was arrested that day.
At a trial in early February 2014, Deputy District Attorneys Roy Stralla and Adam Cate were able to prove to a Washoe County jury that the perpetrator of the crime was Berney. The prosecution’s two most important pieces of evidence were the presence of Berney’s DNA on the items the victim saw the robber discard and the victim’s identification of Berney as the man who robbed her. Specifically, the victim was able to identify Berney as the perpetrator of the crime by his neck tattoo: “Bout Cash.”
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