A teenage car passenger who filmed his friend fatally mow down a ‘ray of sunshine’ retired police chief has been caught and arrested.
Las Vegas cops previously detained the 17-year-old motorist behind the wheel of the 2016 Hyundai Elantra which intentionally struck Andreas Probst, 64, and on Tuesday they arrested his accomplice too.
Both boys have been charged with murder and will be tried as adults after they targeted Probst as he was cycling down a northwest Vegas highway at around 6am on August 14.
Police said they also tied the teens to at least three hit-and-run incidents the same day. They believe the slaying of Probst, a former police chief in Bell, California, ended the spree.
Graphic video shows a dashboard view from the front seat of a vehicle approaching Probst from behind while he was riding near the curb on an otherwise traffic-free road.
Andreas Probst (pictured) was fatally struck by a teenage driver in an intentional hit-and-run in Las Vegas on August 14. Both the driver and his accomplice in the passenger seat who took a sick video of the slaying have now been charged with murder
Probst, 64, was was fatally struck on August 14 while cycling in northwest Las Vegas. Footage filmed by the passenger shows he was intentionally killed by the teenage driver
Laughter and comments from inside the car are heard before Probst, wearing a red shirt and dark shorts, was struck and thrown against the windshield.
A final image from the moving car shows the retired top cop on the ground beside the curb.
Deputy Police Chief Nick Farese called the ‘intentional’ hit in a stolen vehicle and the sick video ‘a cowardly act that in my 22 years of law enforcement left me personally appalled’.
Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said he has taken a personal interest in the case and vowed to charge both teens as adults. Until then, he said they wouldn’t be identified due to their ages.
‘Justice will be served in this case,’ Wolfson said.
At a news conference Tuesday, Taylor Probst described her father — known by loved ones as ‘Andy’ — as a man of honor and integrity who worked for more than 35 years in law enforcement.
‘We are devastated by the senseless murder of Andy,’ she said. ‘Andy’s life was robbed by two individuals who did not believe that lives of others matter.
‘We believe that Andy’s murder is a direct result of society’s decayed family values and the strong effects that social media has on our youth.’
At a news conference Tuesday, Taylor Probst (left) described her father (right) — known by loved ones as ‘Andy’ — as a man of honor and integrity who worked for more than 35 years in law enforcement
‘We are devastated by the senseless murder of Andy,’ Probst’s daughter said. ‘Andy’s life was robbed by two individuals who did not believe that lives of others matter
Taylor Probst (second left) described her father (far right) as ‘a man of honor and integrity’ and ‘a pillar of the community’
She added that her family considered his murder to be ‘a random act of violence’ unrelated to his race or profession.
‘We ask you to not politicize or use Andy’s murder to fuel political agendas or to create cultural wars,’ she said.
Probst added he was known to colleagues as ‘a prankster’ who had a dark sense of humor.
‘His death should be treated in the same way he lived, with honor and integrity, and maybe a dark joke here and there. Oops! Too soon, is something that Andy would say.’
Probst urged the DA’s office to ‘take these crimes to the furthest extent of the law’.
The 17-year-old driver was arrested on the day of the crashes on traffic charges related to the fatal hit-and-run.
Andreas Probst (pictured surrounded by his family) was fatally struck by a teenage driver in an intentional hit-and-run in Las Vegas on August 14. Both the driver and his accomplice in the passenger seat who took a sick video of the slaying have now been charged with murder
Probst retired to Nevada after stepping down as the police chief of Bell, California in 2009
‘He was honestly like a ray of sunshine that just bled through your life,’ said Probst’s daughter Taylor, seen with her mother Crystal at a memorial vigil at the scene of the crash
Police said they initially weren’t aware of the video until weeks later when a school resource officer provided it to investigators, leading to a murder charge for the driver and prompting a police search for the passenger in the video.
The second teen was arrested Tuesday. Police did not disclose his age.
According to police, the crime spree began at around 5.30am when the teenagers allegedly struck a 72-year-old bicyclist before driving off and crashing into a Toyota Corolla.
The driver wasn’t injured in the crash, police said, although they didn’t detail what injuries, if any, the bicyclist suffered.
Seconds after striking the Toyota, the teenagers drove into Probst as he rode his bicycle in a designated bike lane, police said.
They took off while laughing, said Farese, ‘leaving him for dead on the side of a road.’