To Catch Killer, Vegas Cops Set Up a Sleeping Mannequin

Following the deaths of 2 homeless men at the same intersection
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2017 8:24 AM CST
Vegas Cops Leave Mannequin Out in Hopes of Catching Killer
Shane Schindler.   (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

One Las Vegas intersection has been the site of three violent deaths over the last two months—the first two, of homeless men; the third, of a mannequin. The latter was intentionally placed there as a decoy by police who feared there might be a "thrill" killer afoot, and it's led to the arrest of one man on a weapons charge, reports the Review-Jounal. The body of Daniel Aldape, 46, was found on Jan. 4 at an intersection some distance from the Strip; he had been struck in the head at least four times. A month later, David Dunn, 60, was found dead of head trauma at the same intersection. And so police decided to try to lure the killer back by setting up a blanket-covered mannequin "to resemble a human male sleeping in a natural position." And then they watched on surveillance video as Shane Schindler approached.

Police say that at 3am on Feb. 23, the 30-year-old surveyed the scene for traffic, covered his head with his hoodie, and removed a 4-pound hammer from a Little Caesar’s Pizza bag. Then Schindler allegedly struck, employing both hands to "generate maximum force ... with the intent to kill," per a police report cited by the Sun. Schindler confessed to striking the mannequin, but says he was aware from the outset it was not a human; the police report counters that the scene was "staged in a manner which would have made it impossible" for Schindler to make that determination. Police are questioning Schindler about the murders. For now, he faces one count of carrying a concealed weapon, which his public defender tells the Guardian is baloney: "Carrying a hammer in a bag is not carrying a concealed weapon ... or all the construction workers and carpenters in this town would be arrested tomorrow." (Last year saw mulitple attacks in San Diego.)

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