Two Las Vegas men accused of killing teen over iPad
Police in Las Vegas, Nevada announced the arrest on Sunday of two men accused of killing a 15-year-old boy while stealing his iPad.
KLAS-TV reported that 18-year-old Jacob Dismont and 21-year-old Michael Solid face charges of murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery in connection with the May 16 death of Marcos Arenas.
Police said they believe Arenas was walking through a residential area when Dismont jumped out of a Ford Explorer or Exhibition driven by Solid and tried to grab the device from him. When Arenas resisted, Solid accelerated, dragging Arenas with them. Arenas fell and was hit by the vehicle. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
“We went from a horrible crime where a kid lost his life to suspects in custody,” police spokesperson Bill Cassell told the Las Vegas Sun. “That shows the focus of this police department. We’re very confident we got the two who were there.”
According to the Associated Press, Cassell said there are anecdotal reports that thefts involving iPad and other devices made by Apple have increased around the area and nationwide, a practice referred to as “Apple picking.”
The victim’s father, Ivan Arenas, told KLAS he felt some closure now that there have been arrests in the case.
“At least I know that they can’t be trying the same thing, and maybe take somebody else’s baby away” he said to the station.
Watch KLAS’ report on the suspects’ capture, aired Sunday, below.