8 Las Vegas Teenagers Arrested for Fatal Beating of Jonathan Lewis Jr.

Jonathan Lewis Jr.

Las Vegas authorities have arrested eight high school students, aged 13 to 17, on suspicion of the murder of 17-year-old Jonathan Lewis Jr. The announcement came in a Tuesday news conference, following an investigation into a brutal fight on November 1st that led to Lewis’s death.

Las Vegas Police Homicide Lt. Jason Johansson revealed the fight, which resulted in Lewis’s hospitalization due to severe head trauma, was allegedly over a pair of wireless headphones and a vape pen. The Clark County Coroner’s Office has ruled the beating a homicide. Johansson mentioned that the local FBI office aided in the arrests, and efforts are ongoing to locate two additional students involved.

A disturbing video of the attack circulating on social media was instrumental in identifying the suspects, according to Johansson. Las Vegas Undersheriff Andrew Walsh described the footage as “extremely disturbing” and urged anyone with information to contact the police.

The suspects, whose names have not been disclosed due to their juvenile status, may face adult murder charges. This decision is currently under review by the district attorney’s office.

The altercation was reportedly prearranged following the theft of items from the victim’s friend. Johansson stated that although Lewis was not initially meant to be involved, he accompanied his friend to the alleyway near Rancho High School where the fight occurred. The students involved allegedly swarmed Lewis, inflicting fatal injuries.

After the assault, a local resident discovered Lewis unconscious in the alley and brought him back to the school campus, where 911 was called.

Lou Nightingale
Author: Lou Nightingale

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