Las Vegas police have arrested eight teenagers on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of a 17-year-old boy who was fatally beaten near Rancho High School earlier this month. The incident, which occurred on November 1, involved at least 10 individuals who punched, kicked, and stomped Jonathan Lewis after school hours, according to Las Vegas police officials.
The suspects, aged 13 to 17, have not been publicly identified due to their status as minors. They were booked on suspicion of murder, as announced by Undersheriff Andrew Walsh in a news conference on Tuesday afternoon. Law enforcement is advocating for qualified suspects to be charged as adults.
Family members reported that Lewis was declared brain-dead on November 7 at a hospital, prompting them to make organ donation arrangements. The Clark County medical examiner’s office determined the cause of death as blunt force trauma, with the manner of death classified as a homicide.
The arrests were made on Tuesday morning with the assistance of FBI agents. At least two other individuals involved in the attack remain unidentified, and the police department plans to circulate video footage of the pair in the hopes that someone will come forward with information.
According to homicide Lt. Jason Johansson, the altercation stemmed from a dispute over stolen headphones and possibly a stolen marijuana vape pen belonging to either Lewis or his friend. The friend had agreed to a fight in the alley after school, but when the confrontation began, Lewis intervened to protect his friend and was subsequently attacked.
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Undersheriff Walsh emphasized the gravity of the suspects’ actions, stating, “Their actions have life-altering consequences.”