The Metropolitan Police Department have released booking photos of four teenagers implicated in the fatal mob beating of 17-year-old Rancho High School student Jonathan Lewis Jr. on Wednesday, November 1.
Las Vegas native Lewis Jr. was attacked by a group of 15 teens after standing up for a smaller friend.
This was confirmed by his father, Jonathan Lewis Sr., on Tuesday.
“Jonathan stood up for one of his smaller friends,” Lewis said. “A couple (of people) attacked him, and they weren’t able to hurt him enough, and they all attacked him at once,” he said.
“This horrific tragedy is reflective of the divisive, conflict based, uncaring state that our society and humanity is currently facing with how we interact with our community,” Lewis wrote. “Empathy and love are great strength and cowardly violence is pathetic.”
“We denounce violence as a means to sociological conflict and believe being living, caring, respectful, kind, compassion, and caring are the great strength of community and emphasize that those are the values that the warriors of our family teach,” he added.
The Metropolitan Police Department released the mugshots of Gianni Robinson (17), Dontral Beaver (16), Damien Hernandez (17) and Treavion Randolph (16), who are part of a larger group of eight individuals that were arrested on November 14th in connection with a homicide.
The heinous nature of the crime has resulted in four of the suspects, aged 13 to 17, being tried in adult court.
The remaining teens, all under 16 years old, are awaiting a certification hearing at Family Court to determine if they will face charges as adults.
Metro Undersheriff Andrew Walsh has declared that all suspects will be charged with murder; however, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson is assessing each individual’s involvement and whether formal murder charges should be pursued.
At initial court appearances before Hearing Master Daniel Westmeyer, Beaver, Hernandez, Robinson and Randolph were ordered held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center until their next hearing on Tuesday.