Murder Suspect in iPad Case was Aspiring Baseball Player

LAS VEGAS -- The 18-year-old who police say grabbed 15-year-old Marcos Arenas to steal his iPad is also a high school student as well as a standout first baseman for Sierra Vista High School.

Until now, Jacob Dismont has been known for what he has done on the baseball diamond. Friends are having a hard time believing he is now accused of murder. Police say Dismont struggled with Arenas to get him to release the iPad. When Dismont got back into his vehicle, he dragged Arenas into the street, Arenas fell under the tires and was run over as Dismont and Michael Solid sped away leaving the boy in the road.

"He's not a bad guy. I knew him personally, he's not a bad guy at all," said Jordan Wilkins,  Dismont's friend.

Wilkins said Dismont was one of his first friends when the two attended Durango High School.

"He's not a bully, it's just that he's doing dumb stuff like trying to impress the wrong group of people. To be real, he had no business doing that kind of thing anyway, because he had a real good future with baseball," Wilkins said.

At some point, Dismont left Durango and started playing ball at Sierra Vista in April. Students there don't doubt he had a promising career, but have mixed feelings about his character.

"You just knew him as the baseball player who had been expelled from Durango and stuff," said Spencer Miklich, a senior at Sierra Vista High School. "To practically throw away this child's life for an iPad and throw away his entire future for an iPad it's, I don't have any words how to describe him."

Police say tips led to them uncovering the getaway vehicle and the two men. Michael Solid, 21, and Dismont are charged with open murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, and robbery.

Solid has an arrest record that includes car theft, robbery and assault.

"You just don't do that to a kid, especially that size. Your 6-foot-6 or whatever and you go and pick on a child that small, it's weak," Miklich said.

Dismont and Solid are expected to be in court Tuesday morning. Funeral services for Marcos Arenas are planned for Thursday.

A fund has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses. It is at Wells Fargo under the name Marcos V. Arenas Memorial Fund (Acct. 1255025601).


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