LAS VEGAS -- A grand jury has indicted two men, who the district attorney says are part of a prison-based gang, for the robbery and beating of a Las Vegas limousine driver.
The jury indicted Emilio Ruvalcaba and Carlos Saenz III on five felonies each for the beating and robbery of Brenda Pruitt Sept. 5.
According to the arrest report, Pruitt picked up the two men as part of group of people from the Encore Hotel and Casino. The men asked Pruitt to drive them to liquor store and then to Caesars Palace.
While some members of the group went into the liquor store, Ruvalcaba started talking with Pruitt outside the car.
During the conversation, Pruitt said the suspect told her he was part of the Mexican Mafia and that he had killed people before. She also said he told her he could kill her and no one would find the body.
When Saenz came back from the store, he also got into an argument with Pruitt and began hitting her, police said. She said she tried to fight back, but Ruvalcaba hit her from behind.
She told police she fell to the ground while the men kicked her in the head, stole her cell phone and took the money she had in her limo. She was taken to Valley Hospital for treatment.
Before the attack, she was able to get pictures of the men and record them on her cell phone.
Those pictures were sent to Palazzo security, who identified the men and where they were staying.
The two men were later arrested at the hotel.
Each one of the counts also includes a gang enhancement because of the men's alleged connection to the Texas Mexican Mafia. The gang has been investigated by the federal government for racketeering and have been blamed for murders in Texas.
The two men are also accused in the beating and stabbing of a student who was on spring break in San Padre Island, Texas in April 2012.
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