Two men accused of beating a homeless man to death last month and tossing his body in the trash were arrested in California.
Emilio Evalio Arenas, 43, and Peyton Hemingway, 37, were arrested late last month, according to Las Vegas police reports released Thursday.
The men were wanted in the death of Carl Pane Simon, 50, whose body was found inside a rolling suitcase in an east valley dumpster Aug. 12. His ankles were bound with electrical tape, the report said.
Simon had been strangled, beaten and stabbed before being placed inside his own suitcase, which the transient used to carry his belongings.
Witnesses told police that Arenas and Hemingway attacked Simon in a room at the Budget Suites at 4855 Boulder Highway, near Flamingo Road. They accused Simon of stealing money intended for drugs, the report said. Police withheld the names of the witnesses for safety reasons.
Detectives first linked Arenas to the crime after finding his identification card in the bedroom closet. A murder warrant was issued for Arenas on Aug. 16. He was arrested in San Diego on Aug. 28. He waived extradition and was booked at the Clark County jail on Wednesday.
Hemingway was charged with murder Aug. 19 and arrested in Santa Ana, Calif., on Aug. 30. Extradition proceedings were underway to bring Hemingway to Las Vegas, according to the Clark County District Attorney’s office.
Simon’s family told detectives he had no permanent address, but he frequented the low-income apartments along Boulder Highway.
Simon was found “in the fetal position,” by a passerby digging in the trash, the report said.
He was naked aside from a ring on his little finger. The ring had a “peace” inscription.
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