Two men who went to Las Vegas over New Year’s weekend are now charged with 13 felony counts

After a hearing on Monday, two California men have now been charged with 13 felony counts in connection with an alleged armed robbery in Las Vegas by New Year’s Eve.

Justice of the Peace Harmony Letizia on Monday denied 20-year-old Jessani Carter and 18-year-old Jordan Ruby a chance to be released from prison until their charges progressed.

Authorities allege that the two men committed several armed robberies in and around a Las Vegas parking garage on December 30 and 31, two of which ended in shootings that killed Clarice Yamaguchi, 66, and Hyo Super “Richard” Um, 60. Death happened.

Letizia refused to release the men, saying they were clearly a threat to their communities, and called them criminal hunters. None of the men filed for charges.

Three detectives testified about the circumstances surrounding the December 31 arrest, and a preliminary evidence hearing is scheduled for February 10.

“They came to the city on the busiest weekend of the year to terrorize the community, to terrorize tourists,” Letizia said.

Yamaguchi of Waipahu, Hawaii, was shot dead in the parking garage near the fashion show mall on December 31 after two men allegedly stole her purse and her husband fought, police said.

Hours after that, Um was shot and killed in the Palace Station parking garage. Police said he was seen gambling in the casino in security footage before his death, and a detective testified that Um’s wallet was not found on his body.

Two men have been charged with 13 crimes in connection with a string of robberies around New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. Above, traffic passes the famous sign welcoming motorists at the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip on November 11, 2005 in Las Vegas.
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On Monday, the charges were raised from the initial three counts to 13 felony counts, including attempt to murder, burglary with a weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery. Prosecutor Mark DiGiacomo has said the case could be considered for the death penalty.

Lawyers for Carter and Ruby declined to comment on their behalf out of court or provide the California hometowns of their clients. Carter’s family members who attended the bail hearing declined to speak to a reporter.

Um’s hometown was not immediately known, the Clark County, Nevada, coroner said.

Detectives described security camera images and witnesses that attached Carter and Ruby to a silver BMW sedan with a temporary California license tag seen in armed robberies that took place at the Wynn resort on December 30 and 31. On December the Sahara was also in the parking structures for the hotel-casino.

DiGiacomo alleged that both defendants “came to Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve to rob people.”

The judge acknowledged receiving messages from people in Hawaii about Yamaguchi and the bail hearings, but said he left them unread until they could be shared with prosecutors and defense lawyers. The messages were made part of the evidence cache in the case.

Police said Carter and Ruby also tried to rob an employee at Sahara, who they said grabbed her bag and shot the employee as the employee ran toward an elevator. The man was not killed by bullets.

Um was murdered on a separate parking level in the Palace Station parking area and a woman was confronted by a man who had taken his belongings at gunpoint, but when requested to be able to keep his phone and identity. did return them, Detective Tate Sanborn testified.

Carter and Ruby were arrested after they parked a silver BMW sedan with a temporary California license tag at a Las Vegas hotel-casino in Bali.

Sanborn said a search of the vehicle found a Glock 9mm handgun with an extended magazine clip and a check belonging to a woman who had been robbed at gunpoint in Wynn the day before. Sanborn said the gun matched the cover of a bullet found in the Sahara.

DiGiacomo also played an audio clip from a jailhouse telephone call for the judge in which Ruby allegedly told a woman that he was “the driver, not the shooter” and that he “wanted to make some money (but) just do it in a dumb way.” Did. “

The Associated Press contributed to this report.