Las Vegas Police Leave Mannequin on Sidewalk - Then Watch Man Bash it With Hammer

Las Vegas Police Leave Mannequin on Sidewalk - Then Watch Man Bash it With Hammer

In the early hours of Jan 4, Las Vegas police found the body of Daniel Aldape, a 46-year-old homeless man, lying in an empty lot at an intersection near the city’s downtown, dead of head trauma. They suspected he had been killed in his sleep, bludgeoned over the head with a hammer as he lay wrapped in blankets.

One month later, another homeless man, 60-year-old David Dunn, turned up dead at the same intersection. He, too, was likely sleeping when someone struck him repeatedly in the head with a hammer, police said.

Detectives worried that both men were victims of “thrill kills,” random slayings carried out solely for the rush of taking another person’s life, as the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

With no leads on a suspect, police decided they’d try to bait the killer. Just a few feet from where Aldape’s body was discovered, they set up a decoy, a mannequin draped in blankets and positioned to look like a person sleeping on the sidewalk.

Within hours, someone approached. After surveying the scene, the suspect pulled up his hooded sweatshirt, took out a hammer and bashed the mannequin “several times” on the head, according to police. The incident was captured on surveillance video.

Police arrested Shane Schindler, 30, and charged him with one count of carrying a concealed weapon, local media reported Friday. He appeared in court last week, and a judge set his bail at $50,000. Although Schindler has not been charged in the deaths of the two homeless men, police say his attack on the mannequin made clear he had “the intent to kill.”

“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,” police said in the arrest report, according to the Review Journal.

During questioning by police, Schindler admitted that he kicked the decoy and struck it with his hammer but told investigators he “knew it was a mannequin” before he attacked it, according to the report.

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