In relation to the killing of a 17-year-old who was fatally beaten outside a Las Vegas high school this month, eight adolescents were detained on Tuesday and charged with murder, according to the police.
Following school on November 1st, at least ten individuals, including the eight who remained unidentified due to their juvenile status, punched, kicked, and stomped on Jonathan Lewis, according to Las Vegas police officials.
FBI agents assisted in the eight people’s Tuesday early arrests, according to Walsh.
According to Johansson, Jonathan Lewis Jr., the 17-year-old victim, was hospitalized for severe “head trauma” and other injuries until he passed away, around one week after the incident. The Las Vegas coroner’s office declared the beating to be a homicide.
The incident was captured on camera, and it has gone viral on social media. Las Vegas Undersheriff Andrew Walsh described it as “extremely disturbing.”
About ten individuals can be seen in the video “kicking, stomping, and punching our victim Jonathan as he’s on the ground, not defending himself” until he passes out, according to Johansson, who described the attack as “heinous.”
The assault happened close to Rancho High School. According to homicide Lt. Jason Johansson, Lewis’s family informed authorities that he was brain dead at a hospital on November 7 and that day they had made arrangements to donate his organs.
According to him, the Clark County medical examiner’s office determined that blunt force trauma was the cause of death and that homicide was the mode of death.
According to Johansson, there were two additional individuals involved in the beating who police were still hunting for. He claimed that more photos of the two individuals will be released by the police.
In a text message, Austin, Texas resident Jonathan Lewis Sr., 38, Lewis’ father, expressed how relieved he was that there had been arrests.
According to Johansson, Lewis or his friend may have had a stolen vape pen for marijuana as well as stolen headphones as the reason for the altercation. He claimed that his friend had agreed to a brawl in the alleyway after school, but when the two got into it, Lewis appeared to intervene on behalf of his friend and unexpectedly found himself under attack.
According to Johansson, the footage appears to show Lewis undressing in preparation for the altercation.
“As soon as the punch is delivered to that individual, ten people rush Lewis, drag him to the ground, and start punching, kicking, and stomping on him,” Johansson claimed.
Lewis was unconscious and unresponsive on the ground in the alleyway following the fight. At approximately 2:05 p.m., someone in the vicinity helped him back to Rancho High School, which prompted the first 911 calls and police response.
Following Lewis’s transfer to University Medical Centre, it was discovered that he had sustained an irreversible brain injury, according to Johansson.
According to Johansson, several of the individuals involved in the brawl could be “quickly identified” by Metro police with the assistance of Rancho High officials and school police.
According to Johansson, the police have identified ten persons who were engaged in the murder. Two additional individuals, he claimed, had not yet been identified by police.
“Their actions have life-altering consequences,” undersheriff Walsh said of the suspects.
Assisted by the FBI’s Criminal Apprehension Team, the teenagers were taken into custody on Tuesday. The children’s clothing from the beating was discovered by authorities on Tuesday while nine search warrants were being executed at different sites throughout the Las Vegas Valley, according to Johannsson.
He added that after the altercation, a “citizen” in the neighborhood discovered the victim severely injured and unconscious in the alleyway. They took him back to campus, whereupon school personnel dialed 911.