Contributed by Wendi Strauch Mahoney
Homicide detectives in Las Vegas staged a decoy in an investigative response to the recent deaths of two homeless men. The men were bludgeoned to death within a month’s time.
The decoy was a “mannequin, covered with blankets and positioned to resemble a homeless person sleeping on the sidewalk.”
On February 22, the mannequin was attacked with a hammer by Shane Schindler, 30 years old, who the detectives believe “was out to kill.”
Schindler maintains that he “knew it was a mannequin” before he hit it. The attack was captured on police surveillance video, and Schindler was arrested.
“‘When close enough to strike his victim, Schindler removed the hammer from the bag then struck what he thought was a human being in the head with the hammer with the intent to kill,” the report states.
“The decoy mannequin was staged in a manner which would have made it impossible for Schindler to have determined the mannequin was not a human being before he struck. Schindler swung the hammer using both arms to generate maximum force to his blow.’”
The style of attack was strikingly similar to the previous attacks on the two homeless men who died.
Daniel Aldape, 46, was found dead on January 4. He had been struck “‘four or five times’” on the head with a heavy object. “His body was still on the ground wrapped in blankets” when the when officers found him, police said. David Dunn, 60, was found a month later, and apparently suffered “head trauma.”
Schindler appeared in court this week and bail was raised from $5,000 to $50,000 for the concealed weapon charge by the judge. Deputy Public Defender, Ashley Sisolek maintains that her “client has proclaimed his innocence” and that the bail is “excessive.”
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