A Las Vegas man was arrested after he bludgeoned a mannequin disguised as a sleeping homeless man February 24. The mannequin decoy came after two homeless people were killed during the past few months.
Shane Allen Schindler, 30, was arrest after he attacked the mannequin with a four-pound hammer. Police alleged that he had “intent to kill.” The assault happened at the same intersection where two other attacks had taken place earlier in the year, the Las Vegas Sun reports.
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Daniel Aldape, a 46-year-old homeless man, was found dead in an empty parking lot at the southeast corner of Ogden and City Parkway. The man was bundled up in a blanket to keep warm and was killed in his sleep. Police say he died from being struck with a blunt object.
Exactly a month after that, on February 3, David Dunn, 60, was found dead at the opposite corner of the same intersection. Dunn was also homeless and covered in a blanket. He died after being struck with a blunt object as well.
Police believe that a hammer was used to fracture the skulls of both of the victims.
On the night of February 22, police set up a ploy to catch the murderer. A mannequin, wrapped in blankets and placed on the ground to resemble a homeless person, was left at the opposite corner of where Aldape’s body was found.
Police said that at around 3:00 a.m., Schindler appeared in the area of the dummy, and stayed there for a while. He approached the bundle of blankets three times, and on the third time, he covered his face with the hood of his jacket. Schindler then allegedly took a hammer and hit the mannequin on the head multiple times.
When police took him to Metro headquarters, he initially told them that he had just kicked the mannequin. He later admitted to taking a hammer to the dummy, though he insisted that he knew it wasn’t a real person.
Schindler will appear in court on March 15 on a felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. His bail was set at $50,000.
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