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Police: Panicked teen dumped girl's body in desert

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A Henderson man claimed he panicked and dumped a girl's body in the desert after accidentally shooting her in the head.

But, according to an arrest report, 19-year-old Ricardo Perez also admitted he shot the girl a second time as she lay bleeding on the ground.

Perez was arrested Tuesday after walking into the Clark County Detention center and telling an officer he killed the woman, who was later identified as 18-year-old Breana Lynn Carasik-McGee.

"Perez stated that he came in to turn himself in because he had killed a girl and it was the right thing to do," detectives wrote in the report.

Perez told authorities he and Carasik-McGee were together Monday at a party at a friend's trailer on Sahara Avenue and Sloan Lane.

Police said Perez admitted he brought his mother's Ruger 9mm handgun to the party, and drank between 25 and 30 beers before deciding to leave with Carasik-McGee.

As the two walked to their vehicles, Perez was playing with the gun and pulled the trigger, shooting the girl in the back of the head, according to the report.

After putting her into his 2003 Nissan Pathfinder, Perez said he was "scared and confused" and ended up driving out to a desert area off College Drive in Henderson.

Although she was shot, the girl had not died, police said, and Perez shot her a second time because "Breana was making grunting noises" and "he could not take it anymore."

"When asked why he didn't just take her to a hospital Perez said he panicked and thought she would die anyway because she had been shot in the head," police wrote in the report.

Carasik-McGee's body was found at the bottom of a 20-foot embankment into a ravine, police said, and a 9 mm cartridge case was located nearby.

Detectives also collected a handgun from a trash bin outside of Perez's apartment complex and blood evidence from his Nissan Pathfinder, according to the report.

Perez is charged with battery and murder with a deadly weapon.

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