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Police: Suspects in fatal robbery targeted, stalked teen with iPad

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Las Vegas Metro Police Department

Michael Samuel Solid, left, and Jacob Dismont are in custody for the May 17, 2013, death of 15-year-old Marcos Arenas during an apparent iPad robbery.

Updated Monday, May 20, 2013 | 4:30 p.m.

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A candlelight vigil is held Friday, May 17, 2013, in remembrance of Bonanza High School freshman Marcos Vincente Arenas, who was killed when he was run over by an SUV driven by thieves who had targeted the teen.

Two men accused of killing a teen while robbing him of his iPad cased a gas station looking for victims and then stalked the Bonanza High School student as he left the store, according to a Metro Police report.

Jacob Dismont, 18, and Michael Samuel Solid, 21, were arrested Sunday on counts of open murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery in the death of Marcos Vincente Arenas, a 15-year-old high school freshman.

On Thursday, Solid and Dismont were casing a Terrible’s gas station on Charleston Boulevard in a white Ford Explorer when they noticed Arenas, who was holding an iPad, enter the store, according to the police report.

Police said the two suspects followed Arenas for a few minutes before Dismont attempted to take the iPad, struggling with Arenas before getting in the passenger seat of the SUV. As the vehicle accelerated, it ran over Arenas, who later died at University Medical Center, police said.

Police reports described how Dismont changed the vehicle’s tires and installed fake license plates on the car, in an attempt to hide evidence of the crime. Text messages recovered on his iPhone detailed how ‘hot’ the vehicle was and how Dismont needed to ditch it immediately.

The Clark County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case and has not yet brought formal charges against Solid and Dismont, a standout baseball player at Sierra Vista High School and previously at Durango High School.

Dismont was named one of Maxpreps.com’s undergraduate All-Americans in 2012, when he batted a .452 average and hit nine home runs for Durango. A YouTube video, which was taken down today, showed him hitting a grand slam in a 2010 game.

According to a former high school coach, Dismont “had a future” in baseball but had gotten into trouble off the field. The coach did not elaborate.

He said Dismont transferred to Sierra Vista after he played his freshman, sophomore and part of his junior year at Durango. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound first baseman was a 2013 season letter winner.

On Thursday, the day Arenas was robbed and killed, Dismont had skipped baseball practice with his summer team, the American Legion Las Vegas Aces, the coach said.

According to Metro Police, Solid has a record that includes arrests on counts of petty larceny in June 2011 and January 2012, felony possession of a stolen vehicle in June 2011, and felony robbery and assault stemming from an incident in October 2012.

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