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Police: Tip led to arrests in fatal iPad theft

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Jacob Dismont, left, and Michael Solid, right, are accused of taking an iPad from a teen and running him over with a vehicle. (LVMPD) Jacob Dismont, left, and Michael Solid, right, are accused of taking an iPad from a teen and running him over with a vehicle. (LVMPD)
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An anonymous tip led investigators to arrest two men accused of taking an iPad from a teen and running him over with a vehicle, according to Las Vegas Metro police.

Michael Solid, 21, and Jacob Dismont, 18, were arrested Saturday in connection to the death of 15-year-old Marcos Arenas on May 16.

According to a Metro arrest report, security video at a gas station on Charleston Boulevard and Torrey Pines Drive showed two men in a white sport-utility vehicle pull up next to gas pumps.

In the videotape, a black male exits the vehicle and enters the convenience store while the other person, a white male, was out of the vehicle and, according to the report, possibly cases the area, police said.

In the report, police say Arenas was shown in security video walking past the black male.

After making a purchase, Arenas and a friend leave the business before the reported theft takes place, the report said.

Police, citing witnesses in the report, say Arenas was holding an iPad while walking along Charleston before having it taken away from him by a white male suspect. Both were struggling over the device, police said.

Police say while the suspect entered a waiting SUV driven by a black male, the boy attempted to go after his iPad. The vehicle drives away, knocking Arenas to the ground and causing him to be run over, police say.

Arenas later died at University Medical Center.

Police were able to work an anonymous tip in the investigation after Metro released to the public photos of a possible suspect and the vehicle involved.

In the report, police were led to a man identified as Michael Solid as the person seen in the security video. Police detained Solid on Saturday during a traffic stop. Solid's girlfriend was also present in the stop, police said.

Solid, in the report, told police he went to the gas station in question on the day of the theft and was actually purchasing gas for someone who asked him for spare cash. Police said, in the report, Solid denied any involvement in the incident.

Solid's girlfriend, in the report, told police Solid was with a person named Jake, who was later identified as Dismont, on the day of the theft. She also noted Dismont used to play baseball at Sierra Vista High School.

"He had everything going for him," said Sierra Vista High School Senior Spencer Miklich. "All-American and potential prospect. Why would you throw away a future for an iPad?"

"I don't know how anybody would ever be capable of doing that, especially in high school," said Dismont's classmate Macy Cass. "You would never think someone our age would do something that bad."

Police detained Dismont at his home, where, in the report, detectives saw him pulling into a driveway with a white SUV that had license plates belonging to a different vehicle.

In the report, Dismont said he knew Solid but hadn't seen him for about a month. Dismont, in the report, denied any involvement in the theft, including whether Solid was driving the SUV at the time of the incident.

After confiscating Dismont's cell phone, detectives, in the report, found a text conversation with another person, who apparently informed him of the theft on the news.

In the report, the conversation included warnings for Dismont to not drive his SUV, to clean the right side of the truck, get it repainted and have the tires changed.

Both Dismont and Solid were charged with open murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Both are being held at Clark County Detention Center.

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