Las Vegas Judge Melanie Andress-Tobiasson says she threatened suspect in unsolved murders then kicked in his door - Baltimore Post-ExaminerBaltimore Post-Examiner

Las Vegas Judge Melanie Andress-Tobiasson says she threatened suspect in unsolved murders then kicked in his door

LAS VEGAS —  Las Vegas Township Judge Melanie Andress-Tobiasson told the Baltimore Post-Examiner she threatened Shane Valentine, a Las Vegas pimp who is a suspect in the 2016 unsolved double homicide of Sydney Land and Nehemiah ‘Neo” Kauffman and “kicked in his door.”

The interview was part of an extensive recorded-interview she gave to the Baltimore Post-Examiner last year. The judge is no longer talking to this news organization.

On January 21 the Baltimore Post-Examiner published, Judge claims FBI refused information on police corruption probe after pressure from LVMPD.’

In that article and subsequent follow-up stories, Tobiasson:

*Stated she allowed her then underage daughter Sara to hang out then work in an after-hours strip club run by and frequented by Las Vegas pimps, underage high school girls and off duty police officers.

*Accused several people of committing the Land/Kauffman murders.

*Said she was receiving confidential information about the homicide investigation from a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) detective who originally was assigned to the case.

*Stated that Shane Valentine had attempted to recruit her daughter, Sara, as an underage prostitute while she was still attending Bishop Gorman High School.

*Stated that one of her daughter’s friends, who was a sophomore at the time also at Bishop Gorman   High School, and whose father was a LVMPD police officer, was a prostitute for Shane Valentine.

*Stated that another Las Vegas Township judge’s daughter was also a prostitute for another pimp.

*Accused several LVMPD officers of being corrupt.

*Asked Connie Land, the mother of Sydney Land, one of the victims in the murders, to turn over to her all text messages and other records pertaining to Land’s contact with the lead homicide detective investigating her daughter’s death.

* Told Connie Land that the FBI was investigating her daughter’s murder when in fact that was not true.

In our February 18 article, “Exclusive: Witness claims Las Vegas Township Judge Melanie Andress-Tobiasson offered her a bribe to implicate ‘innocent man’ in unsolved murder case,” Aryanne Zappia claimed that Tobiasson offered her a bribe to implicate Shane Valentine in the Land/Kauffman murders. Zappia said that she was interviewed by LVMPD Criminal Intelligence Bureau detectives, that she passed a polygraph examination, and was also interviewed by the FBI.

Tobiasson says she threatened Shane Valentine and kicked in his door

Here are some excerpts from last year’s interview with the judge or you can listen to the audio below:

Tobiasson: “You know, but uh I contacted his attorney because it was now going on a year that I had been calling Vice and that they had done zero.   Absolutely nothing.”

“So I contact Shane Valentine’s attorney, it’s about July now of 2016 and because I know the cops at this point aren’t going to do anything. I call his attorney and I said, ‘hey you might want to get your client a message that, if he calls my daughter again I’m going to take care of it myself.’

So, he does, he gives him the message.

BPE: Are you married to a Metro cop?

Tobiasson: He’s retired, and no, he didn’t help me.

BPE: He’s not helping you?

Tobiasson: He hasn’t helped me through any of this. I was the one who went to Shane Valentine’s house, kicked in the door.

(Tobiasson admits LVMPD Detective was providing information to her.)

“We know he was involved based on everything I was told by the original homicide detective, Grimmett.”

“The first detective who is investigating the case, thank God is someone who knows me and respects me, and I have a good relationship with, he tells me for the first three or four weeks after the murders while Shane is on the run, what information they have and what proof they have…”

“I told you about the detective that was originally on the case, he told me all the evidence they had that showed it was…”

“I’m advised of this by the detective working on this case that they have this information.”

“So Shane gets arrested in California, he gets extradited back to Vegas and he gets charged with the drive-by shooting and I find out from the homicide detective…”

“Then there’s a lieutenant who tells me that they believe he’s good for six hundred burglaries during that time frame where he was out on bail. That lieutenant was, it was actually a captain, I’m sorry, Captain Raybuck, Todd Raybuck, OK. He was a lieutenant when I knew him and was promoted to captain.”

On Friday the Baltimore Post-Examiner reached out to the LVMPD Homicide Division concerning a statement made to the BPE during Tobiasson’s recorded interview last year that led us to believe that Tobiasson may have withheld pertinent information about the Land/Kauffman murders from the police.

Under the police department’s policy, the Homicide Division is not allowed to comment on an investigation.

Questions remain

Why was the LVMPD providing confidential information relating to the double homicide of Sydney Land and Nehemiah Kauffman to Tobiasson?

What was it that Tobiasson wanted to know?

Is there more to her daughter’s involvement with Shane Valentine than Tobiasson had stated?

Why hasn’t anyone been held accountable for their misconduct?

How can a sitting judge continue to be on the bench after her questionable behavior?

Stay tuned to the Baltimore Post-Examiner for more revelations concerning this very troubling and disturbing case.

About the author

Doug Poppa

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. Contact the author.


  1. Hanna Webb says:

    I also have had an experience with Connie land I don’t recommend anything from her nor the truth to come from her mouth. She lies and makes up stories as well as over exaggerates. She is in denial that her daughter was dabbling into prostitution. She souly blames friends and the boyfriend without any level of credibility to her daughters choices in the matter. It is tragic none the less but anyone who listens to or entertains Connie land is a very simple minded individual. She’s a fake and in-it-for-herself minded person. Souly a how does this benefit me kind of woman.

  2. Glynda Antonio says:

    I have personal experience with Connie Land and her cattery Red Rock Savannahs, I do not recommend anyone to deal with Red Rock Savannahs or Connie Land or her dog breeding program.

    • Connie Land says:

      Glynda, and her husband have threatened, slandered my business, my name , stalked my family, and harassed me for now over 7 months.
      At 12:26 pm 3/16/19 in a 7 minute phone conversation, with witnesses present, Glynda and her husband verbally and via text messages attempted to extortion $2500 money from me and blackmailed me giving me a list of demands. If I do as they ask, they will stop the harassment and offer a public and private apology. If I do not, they will increase the posts, false reviews and threats. I have 3 business days to reply to their demands. They also stated they know where I live, causing me to fear for me and my families safety.
      They have used my murdered daughters platform to continue their deformation and slanderous comments. I know for a fact after the threats and torment I have experienced by these individuals, they will stop at NOTHING to get what they want. In my book that makes them psychotic and dangerous individuals.
      Extortion and blackmail across state lines is a federal offense. I will be filing formal charges with the FBI tomorrow morning and will be providing all supporting documentation..


  3. Connie Land says:

    Thank you, Doug for being a man of integrity. A man who respects the badge and all it stands for. Thank you for taking a stand and exposing the truth of the corruption not only in my daughters case, but being the voice for so many other victims and their families.

    Sydney was brutally murdered and we get to deal not only with her loss, but thrown into the viper pit of Corrupt Vice, homicide, Criminal intelligence, DA, Judges, FBI??? When Is the local media going to step up and report some real news and let the Las Vegas community know what is REALLY happening with the LVMPD and judicial system????

    I hope someone in Washington DC (at the DOJ??) takes notice of this case and the corruptions and opens a federal investigation into the LVMPD DA and FBI offices here in Las Vegas.

    I really hope a national new agency ABC NBC CNN FOX picks up this story and blows it wide open…

    Sheriff Lombardo should immediately be moved from his position pending investigation and the entire LVMPD should be investigated to see how deep, widespread and far back the corruption really runs..

    Steve Wolfson should be removed from his position and the DA office investigated as well. I am sure the corruption runs just as deep…

    Unfortunately, a few bad cops and DA’s taint the entire system, but the accountability starts at the top. This has been going on for years and they do nothing!

    Detective Grimmett should face criminal charges for hindering in an investigation and Fired!!

    Melanie Tobiasson should face criminal charges for interfering, tampering and hindering in an open investigation. She should be removed from the bench and disbarred for her actions. She used me and my daughters case for her own personal vengeance against Shane Valentine.

    We will never rest until the truth comes out.

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