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Teen may be charged as adult in homeless attack

Posted at 6:35 PM, Apr 25, 2016

LATEST: Police have made an arrest in this case. The suspect is a 18-year-old male. His name has not been released by police as he is currently being charged as a juvenile.

Officers and the District Attorney are gathering information to decide if the teen will be charged as an adult because he was 17 years old when the assault took place. 

Police also said the suspect has a prior history, having been arrested at least one time prior.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is still looking to arrest 18-year-old Andres Olvera.

Police urge people to report vandalism and graffiti. LVMPD said many of the teens who are a part of graffiti crews tend to also be a part of bigger crimes. 

"These kids are becoming more violent, they just don't care about anybody else. They also rob or break into homes to fund their paint and other lifestyle choices," said Officer Mike Eddington. 

Las Vegas police has encouraged the public to attend tonight's First Tuesday where they will address graffiti as a crime. 

If you see graffiti in your neighborhood contact graffiti removal at (702) 455-4509.

UPDATE: Police said they're looking for the two teens accused of attacking a homeless man.

Police wouldn't release the name of one since he is 17 years old while the other is 18-year-old Andres Olvera, who already has an arrest warrant out. 

ORIGINAL STORY

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- Two teens have been caught on camera taunting and assaulting a homeless man near Boulder Highway and Desert Inn Road.

The video was posted on Facebook back on April 5, but has since had more than 3,300 views. 

In the video, you can see as one teen approaches the homeless man, who is carrying a broom, as the other teen records. 

For about 2 minutes, the teen circles around the homeless man, while the person recording pressures him to hit the man. At one point, you even hear the teen say "I feel bad."

Moments later, he takes the broom from the homeless man hitting him with it. The homeless man fights back until the video goes black. 

13 Action News spoke to the homeless man who described what happened next. 

"That's when the other guy came out and threw another punch," said Danny Samuel. "He hit me right in the back of my head." 

Samuels said the fight started after he saw the teens tagging a cement wall. 

"No, I didn't think they were going to fight because they were kids, you know," Samuel said. 

Samuel does admit to throwing a rock at the teens to get them to go away.

Las Vegas police are currently investigating the assault. Samuel said he plans to press charges on the teens.