updated 08:40 am EDT, Mon May 20, 2013
15-year-old wouldn't let go, was run over in robbery attempt
Two men have been arrested and charged with open murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery in the death of 15-year-old Marcos Arenas in Las Vegas last week. Jacob Dismont, 18, and Michael Solid, 21, were charged Saturday over the incident. According to police, the two attempted to steal an iPad away from the youth but he refused to let go of it, resulting in his being dragged and run over by the two men.
Arenas, the oldest of 10 children and a student at Bonanza High School, had only had the iPad for less than two months before the incident. His father Ivan was quoted by the Las Vegas Review-Journal as saying "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," adding that the family "never had a lot" and that his son valued everything he had.
"For him to lose his life over an iPad, it's just not fair."
The family released a statement on the arrest of the two suspects, saying that they are "We are very, very relieved and grateful that these men have been apprehended and can't hurt anyone else. We're traumatized. Marcos' loss is something that will be with us forever. He was such an incredible person." The attack occurred about a half-mile from Arenas' school in the late afternoon.
The attack is just the latest high-profile incident in a wave of iOS device thefts that have seen thieves targeting people carrying the popular devices, and has come to be known as "Apple picking." In the wake of Arenas' death, police have been advising people to just let go of the devices during robbery attempts.
The two men did eventually make off with Arenas' iPad, but it has not yet been recovered. Solid is said to have a long arrest record involving crimes such as petty larceny, robbery, assault and stealing cars. Dismont is reported not to have any adult arrest record, and is a high school basketball player.