2 people denied bail for robbery near Las Vegas Strip on New Years Eve | News
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas judge has called two California men criminal predators and a danger to the public because she denied them the chance to be released from prison as they face murder and other charges in a series of robberies and shootings that left two people dead over the New Year weekend.
“There is no doubt that these two defendants are a danger to the community,” Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Harmony Letizia said after hearing three detectives testify about the arrests of Jesani Carter, 20, and Jordan Ruby, 18 years old. Both remain being held without bail at the Clark County Jail.
Carter, who wore her hair in blonde-tipped dreadlock braids before her arrest, had her hair cut ahead of her court appearance.
The pair were arrested Dec. 31, hours before a fireworks display on the Las Vegas Strip that tourism officials were planning for hundreds of thousands of New Year’s Eve revelers.
“They came to town on the busiest weekend of the year to terrorize the community, terrorize the tourists,” the judge said.
Neither Carter nor Ruby pleaded to charges which were expanded on Monday from three to 13 counts, also including attempted murder, robbery with a weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery. A preliminary evidentiary hearing is scheduled for February 10.
Prosecutor Marc DiGiacomo said the case could be considered for the death penalty.
Attorneys for Carter and Ruby declined in court to comment on their behalf or provide their clients’ California cities. Carter’s family members who attended the bail hearing declined to speak to a reporter.
Clarice Yamaguchi, 66, of Waipahu, Hawaii, was killed on December 31 in an afternoon purse that turned into a shootout as her husband struggled with his attacker in a Fashion Show mall parking lot , police said.
Less than five hours later, Hyo Sup “Richard” Um, 60, was fatally shot on the third floor of the Palace Station parking lot, police said. Um’s hometown was not immediately known, the Clark County coroner said.
A police detective testified on Monday that Um had been seen on a security video game at Palace Station before he was killed, and his wallet was not found with his body.
Detectives described security camera footage and witnesses who linked Carter and Ruby to a silver BMW sedan with a temporary California license tag seen during armed robberies also in parking lots at the Wynn resort on December 30 and from the Sahara hotel-casino on December 31.
Prosecutor Marc DiGiacomo alleged that the two defendants “came to Las Vegas for the purpose of robbing people on New Year’s Day.”
The judge acknowledged receiving messages from people in Hawaii about Yamaguchi and the bail hearing, but said she did not read them until they could be shared with her. prosecutors and defense attorneys. The messages were incorporated into the evidence cache in the case.
Police say Carter and Ruby also attempted to rob a Sahara employee who said a gunman grabbed his backpack and fired a shot as the employee ran for an elevator. This man was not hit by gunfire.
Um’s murder in the Palace station car park occurred at a different level of parking and minutes after a woman was confronted by a man who took her belongings at gunpoint but took them returned when she pleaded to be able to keep her phone and ID, Detective Tate Sanborn said. .
Carter and Ruby were arrested after parking a silver BMW sedan with a California temporary license tag at Bally’s Las Vegas hotel and casino.
Sanborn said a search of the vehicle found a 9mm Glock handgun with an extended magazine clip and checks belonging to a woman who was stolen at gunpoint from the Wynn a day earlier . The weapon matched a casing found in the Sahara, Sanborn said.
DiGiacomo also played for the judge an audio clip of a phone call from prison in which Ruby allegedly told a woman that he was “the driver, not the shooter” and that he “wanted to make money ( but) just did it in a stupid way.”
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