LAS VEGAS (KSNV MYNews3,com) -- Metro police have arrested two suspects in the iPad theft that led to the death of a 15-year-old Bonanza High School freshman on Thursday.
Arrested Saturday were 21-year-old Michael Samuel Solid and 18-year-old Jacob Dismont. Metro said Solid was apprehended about 4 p.m. Saturday and Dismont was taken into custody five hours later. Both arrests occurred in Las Vegas.
The theft and accident happened shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday when Marcos Arenas and a friend were walking was walking near West Charleston Boulevard and Scholl Drive (near Torrey Pines) when a man exited a vehicle and attempted to steal an iPad from Arenas. The boy refused to let go of the device. He was dragged while the suspect re-entered the vehicle with Arenas still either holding onto the iPad or being held by the suspect.
The vehicle, described as a white Ford Explorer, left the area driving westbound on Charleston with Arenas still at the passenger door, possibly attempting to retain the iPad. Arenas eventually fell and was struck by the fleeing vehicle.
"One of the first tips that we got was in regards to Michael Solid," Metro Homicide Lt. Ray Steiber said at a news conference Sunday morning. "As you recall we were able to get a video photo of Michael Solid at a convenience store just moments before the event took place. With that we were able to get a first name. From there we were able to do some investigative work where we were able to identify Michael Solid as that person.
"It was a gas station that was just up the street. And we were able to recover video that we later discovered that in fact unknowingly to Marcos and his friend they were targeted. They were targeted for a robbery."
The video photo of Solid and a picture of the supect vehicle were widely circulated and broadcast on all Las Vegas TV stations as well as published in newspapers.
Solid and Dismont have been charged with open murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery. They are being held in the Clark County Detention Center. A preliminary 48-hour hearing is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Monday. The two will likely appear in court on Tuesday.
Steiber said the vehicle was a 2002 Ford Explorer and had been altered in appearance when Metro found it. He did not go into details. He said the plates on the vehicle also belonged to a different vehicle.
Metro said Solid has a prior arrest history for possession of a stolen vehicle, petty larceny, robbery and assault. Dismont does not have any adult prior arrests. The vehicle, a 2002 Ford Explorer, belongs to Dismont.
Metro spokesman Officer Bill Cassell said that as of the time of the news conference the stolen iPad had not been recovered, but the Explorer was still being processed.
Arenas' relatives and friends have been holding car washes in the west side of the valley this weekend in an effort to raise money for funeral expenses.
Maribel Arenas, an aunt to Marcos, was at a car was on Sunday and was asked about the arrest:
"It gave me closure," she said. "It makes me feel like there is going to be justice for him."
She said she had no words for the outpouring of support from the community.
"When I look around and see everybody here. It means ... there are no words to explain what I feel when I see everybody here; cousins, uncles, friends and people we don't even know. There is no words to thank everybody for all the help."
Marcos' aunt said her nephew was a wonderful young man.
"He went through a lot since he was a little kid and he was always good to everybody and loved everybody and was very respectful," she said. "And he was always thankful for anything he ever had. ... He didn't like violence. He just wanted to play football for school and he wanted to go to college and he wanted to do so many things."
She held her hand to her face and sobbed as she answered the questions.
Tabitha Guertler, who said she raised Marcos for about five years, said there was a message for the community in what happened.
"We are just glad that they caught them," she said. "And I just wanted to tell everybody to keep your kids close. Too many little kids walk themselves to school and home and it's just not safe and nothing is worth our kids, you know. There is nothing we can do to replace them."