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2 men arrested in killing over iPad in Las Vegas

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:34 a.m. HST, May 20, 2013

Two men have been arrested in the killing of a teenage boy over an iPad in Las Vegas, police said Sunday.

Jacob Dismont, 18, and Michael Solid, 21, were booked Saturday into the Clark County jail on charges of open murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

According to investigators, Marcos Arenas, 15, was walking down a street with the iPad on Thursday when a passenger got out of a vehicle and tried to steal the device from him.

Dismont is accused of trying to wrest the tablet away and dragging Arenas toward the SUV when the youth wouldn't let go of the device. After Dismont re-entered the vehicle and Solid sped away, the teen was dragged until he fell. The vehicle ran over Arenas and he died at a hospital.

"I think both the public and police department share the same sentiment that this was a senseless act of violence," police spokesman Bill Cassell told The Associated Press.

The suspects succeeded in making off with the device, officers said, but it was not immediately recovered.

Ivan Arenas said he bought the iPad for his son less than two months ago. The family has never had a lot, the father said, and his son valued everything he had.

"For him to lose his life over an iPad, it's just not fair," Ivan Arenas told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "Never in my life would I imagine that me buying my kid an iPad for his birthday would end up with him getting run over."

Similar thefts of iPads, IPhones and other Apple devices have become so widespread nationwide that the crime has earned the nickname, "Apple picking," Cassell said.

"This is a nationwide phenomenon where thieves are targeting individuals who are carrying them," he said.

Police urge victims of such crimes to always let go of the devices.

According to investigators, Solid has an arrest record of possession of a stolen vehicle, petty larceny, robbery and assault. Dismont does not have any prior adult arrests.

Arenas family spokeswoman Tabitha Guertler said family members are relieved by the arrests and grateful for the quick response by police and the public.

"We are very, very relieved and grateful that these men have been apprehended and can't hurt anyone else," she said. "We're traumatized. Marcos' loss is something that will be with us forever. He was such an incredible person."

The oldest of 10 children in the family, the teen was a student at Bonanza High School. The attack occurred in the late afternoon about a half-mile from the school.

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allie wrote:
on May 19,2013 | 02:18PM
HOSSANA wrote:
I don't care what the consequences but to tell the victims to let go of their ipods or personal possessions gives the criminals a blank check on doing their dirty deeds....on the contrary, i will fight to retain possession of any of my personal items should it occur with me as I don't intend to make it easy for these punks.....
on May 19,2013 | 02:58PM
BRock wrote:
You do what you want to do. I don't think an electronic device is worth dying over. Let it go. You can buy another tomorrow.
on May 19,2013 | 03:08PM
808warriorfan wrote:
Hopefully Nevada has the "Death Penalty"
on May 19,2013 | 03:19PM
mikethenovice wrote:
It's more about what is on the I-Pad than the device itself?
on May 19,2013 | 06:26PM
DeltaDag wrote:
To kill and die for a chunk of plastic. . .
on May 19,2013 | 06:39PM
HD36 wrote:
We've only created 17,000 jobs a month since 2010. The main stream economy is failing. Wall Steet and the Government are in cahoots in what's called crony capitalism. The Goldman Sachs investment banks are buying assets before the Federal Reserve announces it and makes billions. What does it have to do with this article? It confirms the trend that the lowest on the economic totem pole are hurt the most by rising prices. Ben Bernacke is the most dangerous man ever to hold a high government office.
on May 19,2013 | 07:51PM
sailfish1 wrote:
These two guys will NEVER have an iPad in their hands ever again. I hope they get life sentences without parole.
on May 20,2013 | 02:26AM
cojef wrote:
Petty criminals getting big time sentences for killing a juvenile. And for what? The location may suggest why. It's not called Sin City for nothing?
on May 20,2013 | 05:51AM
Maili2 wrote:
My heart goes to this family, to his brothers. Heartbreaking. This type of thinking, that you can just get out of your car and take something from someone else on the street, with no concern for their life is a dark sickness. These two animals are living in a type of hell and now they will be paying off this senseless act in a harsh way. My hope is they see how wrong and feel genuine repentance for what they did.
on May 20,2013 | 08:07AM
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