Man arrested after attacking homeless man 'decoy' |
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Las Vegas Metro police are investigating if a man who attacked a "decoy" with a hammer might be connected to the deadly attacks on two homeless men earlier this year.
According to his arrest report, Shane Schindler, 30, was arrested on Feb. 22 after he was observed hitting a mannequin, disguised to be a sleeping homeless person, with a hammer.
Schindler told police he knew it was a mannequin.
The report said the mannequin was placed in the same spot 46-year-old Daniel Aldape was sleeping when he was killed. Aldape, a homeless man, was found dead on Jan. 3 at the corner of Ogden Avenue and City Parkway. The coroner said he had died from the blows to the head.
The mannequin was staged to resemble a homeless man sleeping and was completely covered with a blanket.
According to the report, Schindler approached the decoy around 3 a.m. and was carrying a hammer in a Little Caesar's Pizza bag. The report said, he stayed in the area for a while before pulling his hood up over his head to conceal his face, taking the hammer out of the bag, and striking the mannequin several times.
"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," the report said.
After Aldape was killed in January, another homeless man was found dead at the same intersection on Feb. 3. The body of 60-year-old David Dunn was found on the opposite corner. His cause of death was also from blows to the head.
Schindler is charged with carrying a concealed weapon.