Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Jul 27, 2021 - 3:21PM

For Immediate Release

Deputies arrest man during violent Spanish Springs home invasion attack against woman, children

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Sarah Johns
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies arrested Christian Reynolds, 29, in the midst of a home invasion wherein Reynolds attacked a woman shortly after she opened her front door.

Deputies were called to the residence on La Posada Court around 12:30 p.m. on July 26, 2021. Deputies were informed that a woman was being attacked by a stranger in her home, and her two teenage children were battling with the stranger to get him off their mother.

With the information they had the first two deputies on scene believed the three residents were in a battle for their lives, announced themselves, and made entry into the home. They found Reynolds and the children in a struggle, and immediately attempted to restrain Reynolds. Additional deputies were needed to ultimately restrain Reynolds who continued to fight and ignore commands. Reynolds displayed signs and symptoms of an altered level of consciousness and was taken to an area hospital for evaluation.

The primary victim has several injuries to her face. She says she answered the front door, only opening the entry about two inches, Reynolds forced himself into her residence and immediately started assaulting her. Her 17-year-old daughter placed Reynolds in a chokehold from behind; however, Reynolds would not release the primary victim. The victim’s 19-year-old son was successful in separating Reynolds from the mother, and it was in the aftermath of the separation when deputies made entry.

“I am profoundly awed by the courage and tremendous resolve shown by the victims in this incident,” said Sheriff Darin Balaam. “I am also exceptionally proud of our Patrol Deputies who identified the exigency of this particular call. Their safe and efficient response, and their restraint in handling the suspect by using only the amount of force necessary to bring this incident to a peaceful resolution limited unnecessary injury to not only Reynolds, but themselves.”

Reynolds faces a half-dozen charges tied to this case: one felony count of Home Invasion, first offense; one felony count of Residential Burglary, first offense; one felony count of Battery Resulting in Significant Bodily Harm; two gross misdemeanor counts of Battery on a Peace Officer; and one misdemeanor count of Driving Under the Influence, first offense.Christian-Reynolds.jpg

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.


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