A17-year-old boy may have been killed in the Las Vegas area recently during a modified game of “Russian roulette,” police said.
According to an arrest report obtained by Las Vegas television station KTNV, 16-year-old Jaiden Caruso and 17-year-old Kody Harlan left Matthew Minkler to bleed out on the kitchen floor of the vacant home in Henderson, Nevada, immediately after the shooting on the morning of June 8.
They returned to the house shortly after to clean up the scene and hide the body. At no point did they attempt to render aid, the report indicated.
Minkler’s body, covered by a plastic sheet, was later found in a closet. It was also observed that a profanity had been spray painted on the closet door, KTNV reported.
Caruso and Harlan were arrested Friday evening after they crashed a stolen car during a police chase. Several juveniles inside the car got out and ran.
Harlan told police after he was taken into custody that he had been present during a murder which took place earlier in the day. He then led police officers to the abandoned home on Cool Lilac Avenue.
Police said that the teens were playing what the suspects described as modified game of Russian roulette at the residence when the fatal shot was fired.
According to Harlan, Minkler was shot in the face by Caruso. Harlan said that Caruso “never allowed the other participants to handle the firearm or pull the trigger themselves.”
Several videos of the scene of the shooting were found on Caruso’s cell phone, along with videos of him with a gun before the shooting. Caruso can be heard saying “Bro, I just caught a body.” The phrase “caught a body” usually means that the person is saying they have killed someone.
Another voice can be heard asking what to do with Minkler’s body. Caruso does not respond and walks “calmly to the kitchen sink, wets his hands and begins to clean his shoes.”
Minkler’s wallet and a gun were found in the stolen vehicle. Police were able to determine that Caruso and Harlan took $300 from the wallet after the shooting and purchased shoes and drugs before they were arrested by police.
The two tweens are being held at the Clark County Detention Center. They have been certified as adults by the district attorney.
Caruso has been charged with murder with a deadly weapon, while Harlan was charged with accessory to murder, according to KTNV.
A GoFundMe campaign has been started to help pay for Minkler’s funeral.