Teens Arrested for Fatal Intentional Hit-and-Run of Retired Police Chief

Teens Arrested for Fatal Intentional Hit-and-Run of Retired Police Chief

Two teenagers from Las Vegas have been apprehended and face murder charges relating to the deadly hit-and-run of 64-year-old retired chief of police Andreas “Andy” Probst, who was cycling in a Las Vegas residential area last month. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) has labeled the incident, which took place near Tenaya Way and Centennial Parkway, as intentional.

Probst, who was cycling in a designated lane, succumbed to severe injuries at UMC Trauma following the incident on August 14. A shocking video circulating on social media revealed the gravity of the act, showcasing the teens intentionally hitting Probst with their vehicle and fleeing the scene, seemingly without remorse. LVMPD highlighted the disturbing nature of the video in a news release, stating that it showcased the teens’ clear intention to harm Probst.

The investigation led to the identification and arrest of the 17-year-old male driver on August 31, followed by the arrest of the teenage male passenger on September 19. Both were detained at the Clark County Juvenile Hall. The LVMPD announced that due to the intentional nature of the crime, the charges would be amended to include open murder, applicable to both teenagers.

During a recent press conference, Deputy Chief Nick Farese conveyed his disdain for the “cowardly act”, noting that it left him “personally appalled”. The victim’s daughter, Taylor Probst, echoed these sentiments, mourning the tragic and senseless loss of her father, a man who devoted 35 years to law enforcement before transitioning to global security in 2009.

District Attorney Steve Wolfson confirmed that the prosecution of the teens has commenced at the juvenile level but anticipated a swift transfer to the adult system, in line with the protocol for minors charged with murder. Wolfson expressed confidence that this procedure would be followed in this case, ensuring that the gravity of the crime is met with an appropriate judicial response.

Chris Morris
Author: Chris Morris

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