Police report outlines robbery spree, teacher's slaying


The perpetrators of an Oct. 20 robbery spree waged an escalating series of violent attacks in the east and northeast valley that claimed 10 victims and culminated in the death of Eldorado High School teacher Timothy VanDerbosch, according to a Las Vegas police report obtained Monday.

In addition to VanDerbosch, nine others were beaten and had their possessions stolen in the span of four hours. Las Vegas police so far have arrested five suspects, including two juveniles, in the case.

The report said the first victims, Cesar Renteria and Judith Vasquez, were sitting inside Renteria's car on Lake Mead Boulevard and Los Feliz Street at 1:15 a.m. when four male Hispanics pulled up in a white Nissan Maxima.

The suspects, armed with guns, got out of the car and ordered Renteria and Vasquez to exit their vehicle. One of the suspects punched Renteria in the head during the robbery.

A little more than an hour later, Jacob Flores, Dayton Borero, Bonita Borero and Leticia Munoz were sitting in a vehicle at the Wetlands Park, 5020 S. Hollywood Boulevard. Four male suspects got out of a Nissan Maxima and dragged the four victims out of their vehicle at gunpoint.

"The victims were ordered not to move or 'they were going to blow their heads off,' " the report states.

About 4 a.m., the suspects struck a third time, police said. Brian Williams and Nicole Van Arnam were walking in the area of Bonanza Road and Christy Lane. A white four-door vehicle stopped. One suspect got out of the car and pointed a gun at the two victims. Another suspect exited the car holding a knife. The suspects robbed them and fled.

The fourth attack happened at 5:16 a.m. Scott Schraeder was at an East Sahara Avenue bus stop when a white four-door vehicle approached. Two men got out of the car. One of the suspects told Schraeder: "Yo homes, give me your wallet," the report states.

A knife-wielding suspect then slashed Schraeder with a knife. As Schraeder fell to the ground, he was stabbed in the left calf and punched by the two assailants.

The group next assaulted VanDerbosch, an Eldorado science teacher who was walking to work on Washington Avenue near Betty Lane about 5:20 a.m. A witness saw four men beating VanDerbosch. The suspects fled in a Nissan Maxima leaving VanDerbosch in the middle of the street, where he was hit by a passing truck.

The driver of the truck cooperated with police and was not charged with a crime.

VanDerbosch died of his injuries at University Medical Center.

Police on Friday arrested Marcos Coronel Castrejon, 20; Saul Favela, 19; and David F. Rosas, 19, on recommended charges of murder in VanDerbosch's death, and several counts of robbery with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery.

The report stated the three suspects admitted to their involvement in the robberies and the death of VanDerbosch and implicated each other in the attacks. Two juveniles were also arrested and booked into the county's juvenile facility for robbery and other crimes in connection with the Oct. 20 attacks.

The items police say the suspects stole during spree include: an iPod, an iPhone, a bus pass, a Cincinnati baseball cap, $10, a cell phone, a Juicy Couture purse, a man's gold rope necklace and Levi's blue jeans.

Contact reporter Antonio Planas at aplanas@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-4638.

 

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