Testimony Reveals Attempts to Cover Up iPad Murder

LAS VEGAS -- Newly released grand jury testimony is showing a clearer picture of what led up to the killing of 15-year-old Marcos Arenas last month.

Arenas was walking along Charleston Boulevard when, police say, he was robbed of his iPad on May 16. Newly released surveillance video shows the moments before Arenas would cross paths with his alleged killers.

The surveillance video was taken from a convenience store a short distance from where Arenas was run over. A white Ford Explorer can clearly be seen. The video also shows Arenas and his friend at the same gas station.

Witnesses at the scene that day say they saw a man get out of the SUV at the intersection of Charleston Boulevard and a small side street, run up to Arenas, punch him and take hisiPad.

Marcos' friend testified he tried telling Marcos to stop running after the suspect who police have identified as Jacob Dismont.

Witnesses say Dismont got back in the SUV and the vehicle began pulling away as Arenas was still holding on. Witnesses described to the grand jury they saw Arenas being run over by the tires of the SUV. Police say Michael Solid was the driver.

Paramedics rushed the teen to the hospital but he died hours later. Within 24 hours, police named Dismont as a suspect and started following him, they found the white Ford Explorer used in the alleged robbery and murder, but it had some obvious changes. There were new tires as well as decals.

Testimony shows police looked through text messages on Dismont's phone. There was a flurry of messages two days after the incident between Dismont and a person described as Dismont's half-brother who had just been released from prison. According to grand jury testimony, there was discussion of disguising the SUV to conceal it from police.

Within days of Arena's death, police would arrest Dismont and Solid on robbery, murder and conspiracy charges.

Medical records showed Arenas suffered severe internal injuries as well as massive brain swelling. Dismont and Solid are due back in court July 31.


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