On November 29, 2023, a former Las Vegas police officer, Wendell Phillips, was facing serious charges after allegedly threatening a woman with prison if she did not have sex with him in the Sante Fe Station parking garage. Phillips, 38, was an officer with the Clark County Parks Police Department until his arrest in mid-November.
According to reports, the victim first encountered Phillips in Sunset Park when she reported an incident involving a shooting and domestic battery. The officer then drove the woman to a secluded area of the park and made sexual advances towards her before driving her to Sante Fe Station.
During the incident, Phillips allegedly told the woman that she belonged to him and threatened her with imprisonment for three years if she did not comply with his demands. He also promised to provide her with food and housing if she agreed.
After a disagreement at a thrift store, the victim was able to get away and flag down a passing Metro Police Officer. Phillips was questioned by police at his home on October 7 and initially denied the allegations, but later admitted to having had sex with the victim. He was subsequently arrested on November 16.
Phillips, who had joined the Clark County Park Police Department just months earlier, was released from employment on the day of his arrest. He posted $50,000 bail on November 20 and was released with an ankle-monitoring bracelet. His next court appearance is scheduled for December 27.
The former officer has been charged with oppression under color of office, misconduct of a public officer, and coercion with force or threat of force in relation to the incident. The case is ongoing, and further legal proceedings are expected in the coming weeks.