Jesus Ayala, a Las Vegas teenager, who allegedly stole a car and used it to intentionally run down a man on a bicycle, appeared in court showing no remorse for his actions. Ayala, who was 17 at the time of the incident, reportedly boasted that he would receive only a “slap on the wrist” due to his status as a minor. The incident, which resulted in the death of former California police chief Andy Probst, was captured on video and went viral.
Prosecutors stated that Ayala and his 16-year-old passenger, Jzamir Keys, were involved in a crime spree that included stealing three cars, committing three hit-and-runs, and intentionally running down Probst. The stolen vehicle used in the incident was found with blood on the windshield. Probst was discovered unresponsive on the side of the road by his daughter after receiving an iPhone notification that he had fallen.
Despite Ayala’s claims of leniency, the District Attorney’s Office sought to charge him as an adult. Both Ayala and Keys appeared in court and were charged as adults with multiple offenses, including murder. Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson argued for their continued custody, citing the potential flight risk and danger they posed to the community.
The incident highlights concerns about juvenile crime and the perception among some young individuals that they can commit acts without facing serious consequences. The court’s decision to charge Ayala as an adult underscores the need for a serious approach to juvenile crime. The next court date for Ayala and Keys is scheduled for Tuesday.