Henderson police arrested two more teenagers last week in the slaying of a 23-year-old man whose body was dumped in the desert after a drug deal last month.
Jorge Jose Perez, 18, and Craig Pollock, 17, are facing a string of charges, including murder, in the death of Andrew Duarte.
The initial suspect in the slaying, Russell Sean Hultgren, 19, was booked into the Henderson Detention Center on Sept. 28 on a charge of murder with a deadly weapon. He is being held without bail.
Police initially said Perez and Pollock cooperated in the investigation by telling them about Hultgren’s role in the slaying.
However, police said that detectives later discovered the pair lied. Perez and Pollock are now accused of knowing Hultgren set up the drug deal with Duarte with the intention of robbing him with a gun.
Perez was booked into the Henderson jail without bail Thursday on the recommended charges of murder, robbery with a deadly weapon and conspiracy. Pollock faces the same charges. He was booked Thursday into the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center, police said.
On Sept. 28, authorities discovered Duarte’s body in a desert area off east Horizon Ridge Parkway.
According to a police report, Perez and Pollock accompanied Hultgren to get drugs from Duarte on the evening of Sept. 23. Hultgren and his friends drove to a parking lot on College Avenue and Horizon Drive, where Hultgren had arranged to buy Ecstasy from Duarte, the report stated. Hultgren then got out of his car and walked a short distance to a bar parking lot.
Hultgren had been gone a few minutes when Perez and Pollock heard three gunshots. Hultgren told his friends he had to shoot Duarte in self defense, the report states.