UPDATE: Las Vegas Police Arrest 8 Teens in Connection with the Fatal Beating of High School Student Jonathan Lewis Jr.

by J Pelkey
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Eight of the ten black teenagers involved in the beating death of white high school student Jonathan Lewis were arrested by Vegas police and are now facing murder charges. The 17-year-old Las Vegas native, Jonathan Lewis Jr., tragically died after a brutal attack by a group of 15 thugs near Rancho High School earlier this month.

Jonathan’s father, Lewis Sr., stated that the confrontation began when his son stood up for a smaller friend, triggering the vicious assault by multiple assailants.

“Jonathan stood up for one of his smaller friends,” Lewis Sr. said.

“A couple (of people) attacked him, and they weren’t able to hurt him enough, and they all attacked him at once,” he said.

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From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

Las Vegas police have arrested eight juveniles and are attempting to identify two more in the beating death of a 17-year-old Rancho High School student.

The Metropolitan Police Department provided an update about the Nov. 1 beating and subsequent death of Jonathan Lewis Jr. at a 4:30 p.m. news conference Tuesday.

The Clark County coroner’s office Tuesday afternoon officially identified Jonathan Lewis Jr., 17, as the person killed and said he died from complications of multiple blunt force injuries and ruled his death a homicide.

Police said that the eight juveniles between 13 and 17 years of age were arrested Tuesday morning by a team of several Las Vegas Valley law enforcement agencies and that nine search warrants had been executed across the valley. Clothing worn by individuals suspected of being involved in the fatal beating were secured during the searches.

The eight, who have not been named because they are juveniles, have been booked into Clark County Juvenile Hall with the expectation that procedures will be followed in an effort to try them as adults.

Las Vegas police held a press conference regarding the arrest of the eight juveniles involved.


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