Sheriff's Office

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Date Issued:
Nov 14, 2023 - 4:25PM

For Immediate Release

Washoe County Sheriff's Office Detectives Arrest Lemmon Valley Homicide Suspect

For media inquiries contact:
Sgt. Kristin Vietti
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-328-6336
Cell: 775-895-0027

On November 14, 2023, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 34-year-old Alex Hanson as the suspect in the strangulation death of 62-year-old Jeffrey Falkenstein.
On September 18, 2023, patrol deputies from the Washoe County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a deceased person at a residence on Cameo Court in Reno.
When Deputies arrived on the scene, they found a male subject, later identified as Jeffrey Falkenstein, deceased on the living room floor of his residence.
Washoe County Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to the scene and took over the investigation.
After an ongoing investigation, detectives identified Alex Hanson, the victim's roommate, as the suspect and took him into custody without incident.
Washoe County Sheriff's Office detectives have determined that there are no outstanding suspects in this case, and results from the Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Falkenstein’s death a homicide by strangulation.
Hanson is currently being held in the Washoe County Detention Facility for the charge of open murder with an elderly enhancement.
Investigators ask that anyone with information about the incident contact Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at (775) 328-3320 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, reference case # WC23-4900.

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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