first_imgThe district attorney said Stiles vowed in the past not to be taken alive by police. A spokesman for magicians Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn said Stiles helped take care of animals for Siegfried & Roy for a few months in 2002. “He was let go when he didn’t show up to work one day,” spokesman Dave Kirvin said, adding that Stiles left little impression on the dozens of other animal trainers. The Navy and a clerk at a military locator office in St. Louis could not immediately confirm he was in the military. The video came to light last month after a man said he found the tape in the desert. But authorities said the man, Darrin Tuck, 26, had it for up to five months and showed it to others. Beckett said Monday he plans to file pornography charges against Tuck.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “He’s a survivalist type who isn’t bothered by living without electricity or water and always carries a fighting-type knife,” said Nye County District Attorney Bob Beckett. Investigators were interviewing people who know Stiles and pursuing hundreds of “very fruitful” leads Monday from across the country, said police Capt. Vincent Cannito, head of the department’s youth and family crimes unit. “He does have a very violent past,” Cannito said, “and he has a history of narcotics usage, so we do consider him to be a very dangerous individual.” Authorities were seeking Stiles on an unrelated warrant issued last year charging him with fleeing to avoid prosecution on allegations that he groped a 6-year-old girl in 2003. Las Vegas police say Stiles has a string of arrests dating to 1999 on charges including assault, battery, resisting a police officer, auto theft, leaving the scene of an accident and contempt of court. He was convicted in 1999 in Las Vegas of carrying a concealed weapon and in 2001 of conspiracy to commit grand larceny, according to court records. Stiles also pleaded no contest in Houston in 1993 to unlawful carrying of a weapon. By Ken Ritter THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LAS VEGAS – The fugitive accused of raping a little girl on videotape was portrayed Monday as a dangerous, knife-wielding survivalist who once vowed never to be taken alive and formerly worked as an animal trainer with Las Vegas illusionists Siegfried & Roy. The FBI and Las Vegas police pressed a nationwide manhunt for Chester “Chet” Arthur Stiles, 37, who authorities say can be seen molesting a 3-year-old girl in a mysterious video that was recorded four years ago and surfaced last month. last_img

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