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Man arrested after attacking homeless man decoy with hammer

Posted at 12:07 PM, Mar 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-03 20:22:14-05

Las Vegas police have arrested a man that may be connected to the murders of two homeless men earlier this year in Downtown Las Vegas.

30-year-old Shane Schindler was arrested after he attacked a "decoy" that looked like a sleeping, homeless man.

The decoy was placed by police in the same area that 46-year-old Daniel Aldape slept in before he was found dead on Jan. 3.

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According to the arrest report, Schindler approached the decoy around 3 a.m. Feb. 22 with a four-pound hammer in a plastic bag. After checking the area and concealing his face, he took the hammer out of the bag and hit the decoy's head several times with another force to inflict serious injury.

Police say that it would have been impossible for Schindler to know that he was hitting a decoy and not a real person.

Schindler initially admitted to kicking the decoy, but said he didn't remember hitting it with a hammer.

Later he told police that he knew it was a mannequin.

60-year-old David Dunn was found in the same area on Feb. 3.

Both men were killed by blows to the head.