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April 18, 2014

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Third person accused in beating of man, dumping body in trash bin

A woman joins two men accused of strangling and beating a homeless man to death, stuffing him in a suitcase and dumping it in a trash bin.

Theresa Allen, 46, was arrested Sept. 10 in connection with killing Carl Simon, 50, whose body was found Aug. 12 in an east Las Vegas Valley dumpster.

Emilio Arenas, 43, and Peyton Hemingway, 37, were also arrested in late August in connection with Simon’s death.

A man found Simon inside a bloodied suitcase in the dumpster. He was in a fetal position with nothing on but a ring that said “Peace” and had black electrical tape around his ankles, according to a Metro Police arrest report.

Simon had no permanent address, but he had been staying with Allen at the Budget Suites at Boulder Highway and Flamingo Road, the report said. Arenas, Hemingway and Allen beat him because they suspected he took money intended for drugs.

The beating was extensive and included striking him with a belt, hitting him in the head with a liquor bottle and a stabbing. Allen initially claimed she left with another woman during the beating and later said she only watched, the report said.

However, Hemingway said he saw Allen beat Simon with a belt and hit him with the liquor bottle. When Simon would not die, Hemingway said Allen stripped him of his clothes and Arenas then put him in a black suitcase filled with water to drown him, the report said.

Once Simon died, Hemingway said he watched Allen clean up the blood, the report said.

Allen was charged with one count each of conspiracy to commit murder and murder.

Hemingway was charged with murder and was arrested on Aug. 30 in Santa Ana, Calif. Arenas was charged with murder and was arrested Aug. 28 in San Diego.

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