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Two arrested in iPad robbery that caused death of teenager

Updated Monday, May 20, 2013 | 8:50 a.m.

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Jacob Dismont

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Michael Samuel Solid

Metro Police say they have arrested two suspects in Thursday's theft of an iPad that led to the death of a 15-year-old Bonanza High School student.

Jacob Dismont, 18, and Michael Samuel Solid, 21, both of Las Vegas, face charges of open murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Dismont was a standout baseball player at Sierra Vista High School. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound first baseman was a 2013 season letter winner. A YouTube video shows him hitting a grand slam in a 2010 high school game.

Dismont also played baseball as a freshman and sophomore at Durango High School.

Metro spokesman Bill Cassell said police were able, with the public's help, to find the two suspects within 48 hours of the crime.

"We went from a horrible crime where a kid lost his life to suspects in custody," Cassell said. "That shows the focus of this police department."

He said police received tips from the public that significantly helped the investigation.

"We're very confident we got the two who were there," he said.

Marcos Vincente Arenas, a freshman at Bonanza, was walking on the south side of Charleston Boulevard carrying the iPad when a white vehicle, believed to be a Ford Explorer or Expedition, stopped and a man got out of the passenger side.

The man tried to steal the iPad and started to drag Arenas, who was trying to hold onto it, police said.

The man got back into the SUV with the teen still holding on, or being held by the suspect, police said. As the SUV drove west on Charleston Boulevard, Arenas fell and was struck by the vehicle, police said. He died at University Medical Center.

Cassell said the crime of stealing iPads and iPhones is so common across the country that police refer to it as "Apple picking."

He said that anecdotal reports indicate the crime is increasing in Las Vegas.

He advised people to be alert when they're in public places. And when it's a decision between your safety and the Apple device, let it go and buy a new one.

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  1. Great job by Metro.

    Now the DA needs to step up and make an example of these two.

    No deals. Do what should be done and do it quickly.

  2. Have fun in prison you two brain surgeons.

  3. I cant see the neck tattoos ?

  4. If this is the same guy, Dismont was an aspiring baseball player.

    What a waste.

  5. Metro spokesman Bill Cassell said police were able, with the public's help, to find the two suspects within 48 hours of the crime.[Sic]
    I hope that in the future Metro would allow more help from the public in the form of not withholding information about these case's it has worked well recently, Let's build upon that and together we can accomplish a lot.
    Good Job Metro and to those who offered up the tips your community thanks you!

  6. If the evidence is solid, I certainly hope that the prosecutor does not cut any deals on this case. This requires assurance to the community that the public streets and sidewalks are safe for law abiding citizens, and that such crimes of opportunity are punished to the full extent of the law.

  7. Death penalty eligible. Murder one when someone is killed during the commission of a crime. Good work METRO--fast arrest. this is ANOTHER reason K-12 should NOT focus on technology. Have the computers IN THE SCHOOLS.

  8. Here's what I think is going to happen.
    They will both plead not guilty and hope on a plea deal, However the younger of the two will also apply for youthful offender status on account of him not having any priors.

  9. If these two are the ones responsible for the anal crime that was commited I'm sure they're living through hell right now ,having a lot of time to do nothing but think about how stupid they were. Let's see if one turns evidence against the other to save himself. Please Mr. Wolfson , no bargaining with these two low lifes.

  10. Great Job Metro!

  11. Fabulous job, Metro, our law enforcement agents and agencies, caring citizens who were vigilent and took action, towards the end of apprehending and placing into custody these two alledged killers of Marcos Arena! It could be said, that the good People of Las Vegas, as the welcome sign says, are "Fabulous"!

    The accused should enjoy and fair and justified "due process" to the fullest extent of the law, and they should be prosecuted with NO plea deals, as they gave no mercy to the young victim they harmed, both in property and in person.

    If the accused are found guilty of charges of open murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, they should suffer the harshest of consequences prescribed by law. They should suffer the loss of their own life, as the loss of life of their victim. They are so very fortunate that the criminal justice system is so humane to those who are sentenced to death, as the accused killers were not so humane to this youth, who was innocently walking down a public street and engaged with his gifted electronic device, an i-Pad.

    The accused are legal adults, and whether or not they, or one has "no priors", keep in mind that 99.1% of those who are caught in the commission of a crime, have gotten away with many with no consequence. Having worked in the juvenile justice system qualifies me with such a statement.

    If there can be any good out of a tragic event it could be this: the Las Vegas Community demonstrated how it can work together and cooperate towards a common goal, and that due precautions and necessary conversations need to happen and be reenforced when possessing and using electronic devices in public. Individuals need to be aware that such electronic devices are valued by the criminal element, and due care having them out in public view makes the person with such a device, an attractive target to prepetraitors of crime. Keep it put away until your are in a safe and secure place to operate it.

    May justice be swift in this case.
    Blessings and Peace,

  12. @Truthserum

    The subject ipad was a gift from the victim's father not the tax-payers.

    The "Communist" had nothing to do with this.

  13. This one is strictly on the shoulders of our Commie and Chief and his free ipad for kids program.