LAS VEGAS — Shortly after the Baltimore Post-Examiner published “EXCLUSIVE: Witness claims Las Vegas Judge Melanie Andress-Tobiasson offered her a bribe to implicate ‘innocent man’ in unsolved murder case” on Monday, the lead detective, in that case, called the story ‘filth” and “filled with lies.”
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Homicide Detective Mitchell Dosch emailed Connie Land, the mother of Sydney Land, one of the victims of an unsolved October 2016 double homicide after the story was published:
“If you haven’t heard, a new article from the Baltimore Post-Examiner journalist went out today. It’s filled with lies as it pertains to me. Somehow the journalist got copies of the text messages between you and Judge Tobiasson. I can assure you it wasn’t from me. Nobody understands how these articles are having a significantly damaging impact on the investigation. People are going to believe this stuff is true. You and Steve need to be aware of this filth. I’m sorry.”
Mrs. Land responded to Det. Dosch as follows:
Good morning Detective
I read the article. Doug contacted me regarding the interview with Melanie.
I provided information to him regarding my communication with the judge. It states this in the article. I provided the content with Melanie.
Melanie provided a lot of information to him regarding the murder investigation, corruption and bribe, confirming the FBI investigating her last year. She stated in her transcript her information from this case was coming from Detective Grimmett, although the name was redacted. I heard the transcript and she stated Grimmett and homicide detective. Unfortunately for you – you are the homicide detective also.
There was information about the case that was stated that I had never been told. [Redacted, confidential investigative details].
There is evidence supporting her communication with Grimmett. Both in our text messages as well as other emails she provided. You knew she has been getting information from Grimmett. I gave you all transcripts and communication with Tobiasson in October of 2017. What makes the entire homicide division look suspicious is that you all have this knowledge and yet Grimmett is still on this case. Why?
You have mentioned countless times that homicide is sealed off from all other departments and that only the detectives in homicide have access to the case. She knew all about the case from the first time I met her.
I expressed my concerns countless times about Grimmett. You said you trusted him with your life.
I know you haven’t spoken to Melanie. So she got the information from Grimmett or someone is accessing this file and providing it to her. Either way there’s a leak. That has hurt this investigation.
You told me and Steve when we met in September that Greg Flores and his female partner signed the search warrant for Frankie and Domo. I know he participated in the search at Frankie’s apartment. I have told you since early on in this investigation that Greg Flores was Frankie’s god-father. You told me there was no proof of that. He is…. this has hurt the investigation also.
Some of my actions, efforts and interactions, unbeknownst to me, may have potentially hurt the investigation. Who knows?
[Redacted] You and I both know this. Unfortunately, criminal defense attorneys will have a hay day with this case. I know you are trying to build a sold case against who did this.
You mentioned lies in your email, “pertaining to me.” What lies? If errors were made they need to be cleared up. There was nothing negative in that entire article about you.
You said this is all filth. That exactly what this case is. Pure filth.
I have said I do not believe you are corrupt. I believe you want to solve this case. I have also said there is corruption all throughout this case and tied to it. Talk to your partner about that.
I am not mad at you detective. This is none of your doing. I truly am so grateful to you for all you do and continue to do. I am sorry too. Connie Land.
On Monday I left a voicemail message for Det. Dosch. I asked him to comment on what the lies were in my story. I also wanted to know why he was describing the story as “filth.”
Dosch responded in a brief voicemail message and stated, “the only thing that I was bent over was the allegation that I was corrupt or dirty, that’s what still bothers me.”
The Baltimore Post-Examiner has never accused Detective Dosch of being corrupt.
The remarks discrediting Dosch’s reputation, the remarks to Connie Land about Detective Grimmett, all originated from Judge Tobiasson herself and as you will see from the below text messages Dosch and the LVMPD were made aware of that in October of 2017. It is now February of 2019 what if anything has been done to get to the truth?
Connie Land, the mother of Sydney Land told the Baltimore Post-Examiner earlier this month, that Tobiasson asked her to turn over text messages and other records pertaining to Land’s contact with homicide detectives and other members of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to her, because according to Land, Tobiasson claimed the records were being requested by the FBI.
According to Land, through the course of her involvement with Tobiasson, from May thru October of 2017, Tobiasson told Land that her life was in danger, that the police could not be trusted, that she was being followed and that they had to purchase burner phones and use alias’ when communicating.
Land told the Baltimore Post-Examiner that she believed what Tobiasson was telling her was the truth because of her position as a judge. Tobiasson wanted to know what information she was providing to the police, specifically what Land was talking to LVMPD Homicide Detective Mitchell Dosch about, the detective assigned to her daughter’s homicide investigation.
Land told the Baltimore Post-Examiner that Tobiasson claimed that LVMPD Detective Jarrod Grimmett, Dosch’s partner after the 2016 murders, had provided Tobiasson details about the homicide investigation.
Last year when the Baltimore Post-Examiner was in contact with Tobiasson she had written in an email to the Baltimore Post-Examiner dated May 13, 2018, that “We know he [Shane Valentine] was involved based on everything I was told by the original homicide detective, Grimmett.”
When the Baltimore Post-Examiner interviewed Tobiasson last year, which was the basis for our January 21 story, Tobiasson commented during our recorded interview with her that the inside information that she had on the Sydney Land/Nehemiah Kauffman double homicide was provided, “By the detective on the case,” and “I find out from the homicide detective.”
Connie Land told the Baltimore Post-Examiner that she was interviewed by the Criminal Intelligence Division of the LVMPD and the FBI Las Vegas Division about Tobiasson.
According to Land after Tobiasson’s interview aired last April on KLAS-TV, FBI Special Agent Vinitha Pandy asked her to turn the burner phone that she was communicating with Tobiasson on over to the bureau, which she did. The FBI also wanted the phone numbers to Tobiasson and Aryanne Zappia’s burner phones, which were provided by Land. More on this in another story.
The following texts messages between Connie Land and Detective Mitch Dosch confirm that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department was aware of Judge Tobiasson’s actions since 2017:
Dosch: 6/6/2018 1:10 PM – Unscrupulous behavior by not only the judge…
Dosch: 5/19/2018 5:08 PM – I’m sorry Connie, I couldn’t disagree with you more. I am proud to say there is absolutely no corruption with me or my partner or anyone in homicide. I know that with every fiber of my being. The folks in homicide are the only ones involved in this case. If anyone wishes to make an allegation against me they will be proven wrong. [The LVMPD Vice unit was also involved in the case.]
Dosch: 4/20/2018 7:56 AM – In my opinion Melanie has lost her mind. Also, I trust Grimmett with my life. He is a good and righteous man with the victims best interest at heart.
Land: 4/20/2018 6:32 AM – Melanie told me Grimmett was providing her the information from the case. She told me the only person I can trust is Grimmett. The first time I met her she had information I had never heard. I have heard too many things she said about Grimmett. Someone close to this case continually feeds Melanie what’s going on.
Dosch: 4/13/2018 11:01 AM – Of course! If they have information that would be beneficial to solving this case then by all means bring it to me.
Land: 4/13/2018 10:59 AM – Do you want their help with this case?
Dosch: 4/13/2018 10:59 AM – Hopefully the FBI can get whatever they need to help them with their investigation.
Land: 4/13/2018 9:45 AM – They want both me and Ary’s phones and asked me to bring them down immediately.
Land: 4/13/2018 9:44 AM – FBI about judge.
Land: 4/13/2018 9:35 AM – I am not sharing this information to cast doubt, but I need you to know the communication and things that Melanie Tobiasson was saying in regard to Detective Grimmett.
Dosch: 4/13/2018 9:33 AM – I absolutely trust my partner. You can too.
Land: 4/13/2018 9:32 AM – She referenced Grimmett countless times throughout the six months we were in communication. She said he is the only one I could trust. I am not saying anything one way or the other – but you need to know these things.
Dosch: 1/8/2018 7:58 PM – What phone carrier did Sydney have? [Over one year after the murders!]
Land: 10/25/2017 7:22 AM – I am sure you hate me detective for what has happened. I believed her because of her story about her daughter. I am truly sorry for what has happened. I didn’t know the truth.
Land: 10/25/2017 7:13 AM – I hope you guys nail her ass-get her off the bench and press charges…she is a psychopath and a manipulator.
Dosch: 10/25/2017 7:08 AM – I’m not. I’ve never been. I look forward to defending myself against false accusations.
Land: 10/25/2017 7:05 AM – I am really embarrassed to have you read the text messages. I was so angry. Honestly I thought you were all corrupt.
Land: 10/25/2017 6:58 AM – She is the one who told me to call Lombardo’s office and complain. I did.
Land: 10/25/2017 6:52 AM – I am so sorry. I am so embarrassed and humiliated. She is sick.
Land: 10/25/2017 6:46 AM – I emailed you all I have. I am so embarrassed. She told me you were monitoring me – she told me we need burner phones because the police may have a wire tap and can’t be trusted.
Dosch: 10/25/2017 6:44 AM – I have no words.
Land: 10/25/2017 6:43 AM – She said from the beginning you have not wanted to investigate this. Grimmett was very upset when he suggested different things to try – he was taken off the case a month into it. There is so much….
Land: 10/25/2017 6:41 AM – Detective she reached out to me first of May.
Land: 10/25/2017 6:40 AM – No. Melanie told me you were. She told me she has been working with FBI whom she called him her “friend.”
Dosch: 10/25/2017 6:36 AM – I understand it is a difficult time. But how do we get to a point where a judge is “investigating” me? Who said I was dirty? Was it you?
Land: 10/25/2017 6:35 AM – I don’t either.
Land: 10/25/2017 6:30 AM – I am so sorry. This is Sydney’s anniversary and I am dealing with this fucked up mess.
Land: 10/25/2017 6:29 AM – She wanted every communication between us – to not trust you.
Land: 10/25/2017 6:28 AM – Melanie called me about 12:30-1:00 a.m. from her office. She told me she was looking up some things. She said you lived on the same street as Dano something [redacted], I think.
Dosch: 10/25/2017 6:26 AM – I am super confused Connie. I have not done anything wrong. I have investigated your daughter’s death as hardened as diligently as I have done with other investigations. I am not sure where any of this comes from and why all this is going on.
Dosch: 10/25/2017 6:21 AM – I only interacted with that guy once maybe twice in my career. I don’t know him. I still don’t know why she is investigating me.
Land: 10/25/2017 6:18 AM – I don’t know. She told me your home address you lived on the same street and Dano about 8 years ago.
Dosch: 10/25/2017 6:17 AM – Why is a judge investigating me? I’m confused.
Land: 10/25/2017 6:17 AM – Tobiasson.
Dosh: 10/25/2017 6:16 AM – Who?
Land: 10/25/2017 6:15 AM – Detective – She has been investigating you. She was at her office at 12:30 a.m. looking up information about you.
Land: 10/24/2017 8:17 PM – There are no words I can say….
Land: 10/24/2017 8:16 PM – She asked for any information we have on Sydney to send her. I sent her everything.
Land: 10/24/2017 8:14 PM – Detective, Tobiasson told me she needs all correspondence of my communication with you – emails, text messages, phone calls – I sent them to her.
Land: 10/24/2017 7:42 PM – Detective it is very important I speak with you.
Text messages between Tobiasson and Land confirm Tobiasson wanted the information:
Tobiasson: 10/23/2017 7:54 AM – Perhaps we should not reference what he does in texts.
Land: 10/23/2017 7:41 AM – What did your FBI friend say when you told him…
Land: 10/20/2017 10:58 AM – I’m sending over phone records. The only problem
with these, if he has called sometimes it shows up on my phone as no caller ID.
Land: 10/20/2017 10:55 AM – It is all my actual texts with him.
Tobiasson: 10/20/2017 10:54 AM – I have the records of the texts. I would like the content.
Land: 10/20/2017 8:05 AM – I emailed it all to you this weekend. I will resend everything I have.
Tobiasson: 10/20/2017 7:45 AM – Do you have the content of the texts between you and Dosch?
Tobiasson: 10/20/2017 7:39 AM – I don’t know if I have the texts.
Land: 10/20/2017 7:27 AM – I have sent all texts with Dosch. I haven’t texted Grimmett. I’ve only sent a few emails. I will print up my phone records today and send over to you.
Tobiasson: 10/20/2017 7:06 AM – I have a plan. I need everything you have. Emails.
Tobiasson: 10/20/20-17 7:06 AM – I haven’t heard much today. We kind of just have to sit tight right now.
Tobiasson: 10/20/2017 7:05 AM – Do you have the content of your texts between you and Dosch.
Land: 10/14/2017 9:31 PM – I have emailed you all the text messages with Dosch. Does not include photos. Texts with [LVMPD Vice Det. Greg] Flores. Syd’s data talk and text messages.
Tobiasson: 10/14/2017 3:55 PM – You have no reason to feel like an idiot. They are corrupt assholes. It wouldn’t have mattered how you treated them.
Land: 10/14/2017 10:22 AM – I will send you whatever you like.
Tobiasson: 10/1/2017 6:35 PM – FBI agent called at the same time.
Tobiasson: 5/13/2017 8:53 PM – I want to hear everything. Dosch apparently sucks.
Grimmett is mentioned in text messages from Tobiasson to Land:
Tobiasson: 7/22/2017 8:59 PM – I haven’t heard anything. I’m in Malibu til next Friday. I will reach out to Grimmett when I get back.
Tobiasson: 5/13/2017 1:42 PM – Haven’t heard from Grimmett but my other friend is in DC and promised he would call me first thing Monday morning.
Text messages confirm Tobiasson told Land not to trust the police:
Tobiasson: 8/27/2017 4:34 PM – My guess they aren’t working on shit.
Tobiasson: 10/18/2017 3:32 PM – We might need to get other ones. They might be able to trace them to the card.
Tobiasson: 10/18/2017 3:31 PM – I’ll call you in an hour. What did you use to buy these phones?
Land: 10/18/2017 3:31 PM – My card at Target. Debit card.
Tobiasson: 10/1/2017 11:05 PM – They are watching you like a hawk. We need to get different phones tomorrow.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported in February of 2017 Tobiasson was fined $1,000 and publicly reprimanded after a judicial disciplinary panel found “clear and convincing evidence” that she violated professional ethics codes.
Tobiasson stated in an emailed memo to the Baltimore Post-Examiner last year that she had told a Las Vegas attorney that she was talking to the FBI.
Excerpts from that memo dated May 13, 2018 are as follows:
“One of the things I had said in Jess Marchese’s office when I met with one of his clients, who though a really bad guy on paper, is actually a far better human than any of the people involved in these stories, was that I was going to write up the entire story and send it to every news agency in the country. That same week FBI agent is asked about his relationship with me and told not to speak to me as I was a problem for Metro, and they were concerned that I was going to go public with my story.
The only other person I said that to besides the agent was Jess Marchese. He [FBI agent] was told not to have any further communication with me. He also was questioned about his relationship with Aryanne Zappia and why he was speaking to her. It was only after they learned that Aryanne, Connie, and I were all communicating, compliments of Jess Marchese I now believe, that Metro and the FBI blew a gasket. I met with Jess and his client on Sunday, October 22nd.
Jess Marchese also knew that I was talking to the FBI agent and Aryanne on burner phones and after the Channel 8 story ran [April 2018], I learned that Lombardo was using my possession of burner phones as validation that I was somehow involved in drug trafficking. First burner phone I owned was purchased by Connie Land at Target. She bought one for me, one for herself and one for Aryanne. I had a separate one for the agent.
Jess Marchese is friends with [LVMPD officer Albert] Beas. Around the time of the meeting with Jess, Beas showed up twice at my office in one day and his brother [also an LVMPD officer] called me that afternoon.”
Tobiasson sent the following text message to Land:
Tobiasson: 10/18/2017 2:51 PM – I will call you in a bit. Guess who showed up in my office twice today. Al Beas.
No charges against LVMPD in FBI corruption probe
Sources said allegations against former LVMPD Vice Detective Albert Beas were raised after he was accused of having sexual relationships with prostitutes and having been on the payroll of suspected Las Vegas prostitution kingpin, Jamal “Mally Mall” Rashid. Rashid’s Las Vegas home and offices were raided by the FBI back in 2014, as part of a federal corruption probe that includes some current and former members of the LVMPD. According to sources Beas was given a 40-hour suspension and was demoted to a patrol officer. No LVMPD officer has yet to be charged in the corruption probe.
On Wednesday the Baltimore Post-Examiner contacted Las Vegas attorney, Jess Marchese who knows Beas.
Marchese said: “Some is true, some is not true. I know Al Beas. I don’t know anything about her and the FBI, you would have to ask her about that. Some is correct, some is incorrect. I don’t remember, obviously she had her issues with the LVMPD, I think she made comments like that before, whether she made it in my office, I honestly don’t know. We’re talking a while ago if I remember correctly. I don’t know who dimed who out. When I talk to Al we talk Yankee’s baseball. I know a little about it, I don’t know your exact story, I can tell you this that she knows a hell of a lot more than I do about any of this, I mean, because obviously it’s personal with her daughter and what happened or didn’t happen there. My opinion on Melanie, she’s a good person, we all make mistakes, maybe she’s making a mistake here, maybe she isn’t. Everything comes from a good place with her. Whether she likes me or not, it is what it is. I have no ill will against her. She’s a good person, I like her.”
Questions are still unanswered. Why was Tobiasson so concerned what Connie Land and Dosch were communicating about?
Why was Tobiasson even meddling into a double homicide investigation that had nothing to do with her?
Does it have anything to do with her daughter’s involvement with Shane Valentine, a person of interest in the Sydney Land/Nehemiah Kauffman murders?
Has the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department conducted an internal investigation to determine who was leaking information to the judge?
Tobiasson, a sitting judge reached out to Connie Land, a grieving mother whose daughter was brutally murdered and used her position as a judge to influence Land into believing that she couldn’t trust Dosch and others for reasons yet unknown.
Tobiasson told Land that the FBI was investigating her daughter’s murder, which was not true. What was Tobiasson’s endgame?
Connie Land filed a complaint with the court about Tobiasson in December. Will there be a judicial review of Tobiasson’s behavior?
Stay tuned for more LVMPD and FBI texts that will be published as this story develops as well as information that has not been released to the public about the double murder.
As usual, both the FBI and LVMPD have refused to comment on the record to the Baltimore Post-Examiner.
Doug authored over 135 articles on the October 1, 2017 Las Vegas Massacre, more than any other single journalist in the country. He investigates stories on corruption, law enforcement and crime. Doug is a US Army Military Police Veteran, former police officer, deputy sheriff and criminal investigator. Doug spent 20 years in the hotel/casino industry as an investigator and then as Director of Security and Surveillance. He also spent a short time with the US Dept. of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration. In 1986 Doug was awarded Criminal Investigator of the Year by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia for his undercover work in narcotics enforcement. In 1992 and 1993 Doug testified in court that a sheriff’s office official and the county prosecutor withheld exculpatory evidence during the 1988 trial of a man accused of the attempted murder of his wife. Doug’s testimony led to a judge’s decision to order the release of the man from prison in 1992 and awarded him a new trial, in which he was later acquitted. As a result of Doug breaking the police “blue wall of silence,” he was fired by the county sheriff. His story was featured on Inside Edition, Current Affair and CBS News’ “Street Stories with Ed Bradley”. In 1992 after losing his job, at the request of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Doug infiltrated a group of men who were plotting the kidnapping of a Dupont fortune heir and his wife. Doug has been a guest on national television and radio programs speaking on the stories he now writes as an investigative journalist.