Las Vegas, NV - Las Vegas Police Officers may have found the killer of two homeless men after they set up a trap and caught Shane Schindler.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a homeless man named Daniel Aldape, age 46, was found dead on January 4 at about 12:30 AM, near the southeast corner of City and Grand Central Parkways. His body was still lying on the ground, wrapped in blankets, when police arrived. He had been struck 'four or five times' on the head with a heavy object.
In early February 2017, another homeless man, David Dunn, age 60, was found dead on the northwest corner of the same intersection. He had the same type of head trauma. Las Vegas Police had no leads but weren't ruling out the possibility of 'thrill kills'.
Detectives then set up a decoy homeless man, "to resemble a human male sleeping in a natural position." The decoy was covered with a blanket in the same place where Aldape was killed.
On February 22, Shane Schindler was spotted in the area carrying a four-pound engineer's hammer inside a Little Caesar's Pizza bag. He was seen on police surveillance video approaching the decoy, looking around for traffic, and then grabbing the hammer from his bag.
Police said that when Schindler was close enough to strike his victim that he removed the hammer from the bag, "and struck what he thought was a human being in the head with the hammer with the intent to kill."
The police report also said that "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.”
When he was questioned by police, Shane Schindler admitted to kicking the decoy mannequin and striking it with his hammer but said that he "knew it was a mannequin" before he hit it.
Shane Schindler appeared in court this week on one count of carrying a concealed weapon. The Judge set his bond at $5,000 but the prosecutor asked for it to be increased to $250,000 without any further charges added. The Judge then modified Schindler's bond to $50,000, which is 10 times the standard amount.
Shane Schindler will likely be charged for the two murders once investigators are able to link Schindler and his murder weapon to the two prior murders.
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