LAS VEGAS — Police arrested a man who was caught on camera trying to “kill” a mannequin decoy set up near a downtown Las Vegas intersection where two previous homeless men were bludgeoned while they slept.
Las Vegas Metro police arrested 30-year-old Shane Schindler on Feb. 24, but they have yet to officially charge him in connection to the murders. For now, Schindler faces a concealed weapons charge.
Investigators set up a mannequin that resembled a homeless person as a decoy and placed it in the area where Daniel Aldape and David Dunn were killed. On Feb. 22, within a few hours, officers watched from across the street as Schindler approached the dummy.
Police said Schindler looked around and put a hood over his head before going up to where the mannequin was placed. He was carrying a plastic Little Caesar’s Pizza bag with a hammer inside. Schindler eventually removed the hammer from the bag, gripped it with both hands and then smashed the mannequin in the head several times. Officers monitoring the area then took Schindler into custody.
In an interview, Schindler told police he recalled kicking the mannequin but did not remember hitting it with the hammer. He later admitted to striking it with the hammer, but claimed he knew it was a mannequin. Police however said the mannequin was staged in a way that was impossible for him to know it was a decoy.
Homeless people breathed a sigh of relief when they found out police made an arrest.
“I trust alcoholics. I trust drug dealers. Anything like that don’t bother me,” said Bobby Southerland, who sleeps outside. “But if they’re killers, I kind of stay away from them, you know what I mean?”
Southerland said, even with the arrest, he still plans on trying to protect himself as much as he can.
“It’s better to sleep with someone than sleep by yourself,” he said. “That way if something happens to you… I’m not alone.”
Schindler is being held at the Clark County Detention Center on $50,000 bail, according to online records. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 15.