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iPad death tipster comes forward

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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)

Metro Police credited an anonymous tipster with helping them to capture Michael Solid, one of two men charged with the robbery and hit-and-run death of a 15-year-old boy.

On Monday a woman came forward to FOX5, saying that tipster is her, and she doesn't want to be anonymous anymore.

"[My husband] said, ‘That's Mike P.!' I looked and said, ‘Yes, that is him. That's our ex-neighbor,'" said Desirie Jones.

It was one frame of video released by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Friday that caught the attention of the couple, who said they used to live on Hawk Shadow Avenue three houses away from Solid.

Both Jones and husband Robert Taylor and were watching television Friday morning when the photos of a person of interest and vehicle appeared.

The images were captured at the Terrible's gas station on Charleston Boulevard and Torrey Pines Drive, where police said 21-year-old Solid and 18-year-old Jacob Dismont scouted potential victims.

Fifteen-year-old Marcos Arenas was robbed of his iPad but refused to let go. Police said Dismont and Solid hit the teen with their car and fled.

Taylor recognized Solid's appearance and the chain he was wearing. At that point, Jones said only one thought came to mind.

"Get justice. He needs to be off the streets," said Jones.

Jones called Metro police, told them about Solid's nickname, "Mike P.," and that he lived with his girlfriend. She then gave police the girlfriend's phone number.

Jones added that the detective asked how sure she was. She said 100 percent.

Parents of six children themselves, they now can only think about the 15-year-old who lost everything over an iPad.

"He's a kid," Jones said. "We should be able to walk around - the kids should be able to walk around with their iPods or anything without being killed or robbed. That is so wrong."

Because the tip was made anonymously, FOX5 could not definitely confirm the tipster information with Metro. However, Metro did say it was Mike Solid's girlfriend who led them to Jacob Dismont. Both men are locked up at Clark County Detention Center.

The suspects are charged with murder, robbery and conspiracy. They are due to appear in court on Tuesday.

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