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City leaders address safety of tunnels after attacks on teen girls

Rikki Cheese

City leaders address safety of tunnels after attacks on teen girls

CREATED Nov. 16, 2011

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The City of Las Vegas is taking action to secure tunnels in the northwest in the wake of attacks on two teenage girls.

Crews are cleaning graffiti in the tunnels and closing them down to keep kids from using them to cross under US-95 near Durango and the 2-15 beltway.

15-year-old Alyssa Otremba's body was found near a tunnel in September. The man accused in her murder, 19-year-old Javier Righetti, is also accused of dragging another girl into a tunnel in March and choking her unconscious.

Las Vegas Councilman Steve Ross says the city took immediate action in the wake of Alyssa's murder.

"We're actually moving forward with blocking off the actual drainage channels that are part of the Regional Flood Control's system out there in the northwest, so we are blocking those off as we speak," Ross said. "The bigger issue is the actual tunnel that people can go through, underneath US 95 right there."

Councilman Ross says the equestrian tunnels are still open. Security cameras have been set up to monitor them until the city comes up with a solution to secure them permanently. 

A meeting of all of the stakeholders, including the City of Las Vegas, Metro Police and N-Dot, is scheduled for next Tuesday.