4 people taken into custody may be connected to violent carjacking

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Metro Police may be close to identifying the people connected to savagely beating a 78-year-old man during a carjacking Tuesday evening.  On Wednesday, Metro Police took four people into custody.

During a news conference, Captain Laz Chavez said the three young men, described as either Hispanic or African-American, approached the man around 5 p.m. near Fremont Street, near Charleston Boulevard, as he was getting out of his car to go for dinner.

“It goes to the point of this is one of our most vulnerable victims in Las Vegas the elderly,” said Captain Lez Chavez, Metro Police.

Chavez said the victim followed their commands and handed over his keys and cellphone but was still beaten. The man remains hospitalized due to his injuries.

“This man provided no resistance and yet the suspects savagely beat him, took his car keys took his cell phone and even after they retrieved all that went back and beat him some more,” Capt. Chavez said. 

The incident was captured on video and the quality was good enough it helped lead police to the three suspects. Chavez said anyone who sees the video would be shocked by the violence. 

“If I put this out yesterday it would be the same message be cognitive of your environment,” said Capt. Chaves. “Look around; don’t fight, cooperate. Your vehicle is not worth your safety, but guess what this man did all of that.

The victim’s stolen car was found Tuesday near Charleston Boulevard and Fort Apache Road. 

The suspects face attempted murder charges, police said. Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers at (702) 385-5555 or Metro Police.

Watch full Metro news conference below.

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