Las Vegas teenagers accused of running over and killing a retired LA police chief in in a stolen car while filming the crime, will be charged as adults
Andreas Probst, 64, was mowed down and killed while he was riding his bicycle down an empty highway in northwest Las Vegas around 6am on August 14.
Jesus Ayala, 18, and Jzamir Keys, 16, have been charged over the ‘intentional hit-and-run,’ as adults, for murder with a deadly weapon, battery and attempted murder
Police believe Ayala was the driver of the stolen Hyundai, while Keys is the passenger filming a sick video and heard urging his friend to launch the vehicular attack
Ayala who has a juvenile record is facing a slew of additional charges – 18 counts – after being arrested for the murder of retired police chief Probst
His offenses include battery with a deadly weapon, attempted murder, charges of not stopping at the scene of an accident, and reckless driving
The duo’s crime spree on the day includes four stolen cars, hitting another car and another cyclist, police said
The other cyclist, 72, survived the hit
Andreas Probst, [photo], was mowed down and killed while he was riding his bicycle down an empty highway in the northwest of the city at around 6am on August 14. Deemed an intentional hit-and-run, both the driver and his accomplice in the passenger seat who took a sick video of the slaying have been charged with murder
The teenage driver who is charged with murdering a retired California police chief in a hit-and-run is facing a total of 18 new charges – including stealing a car. Jesus Ayala, 18, and Jzamir Keys, 16, have been pictured for the first time in court today after being accused of killing Andreas Probst, 64.
The two suspects have been accused of intentionally striking Andreas Probst.
Probst, 64, who retired from his position as police chief in Bell, California in 2009, was riding his bicycle down an empty highway in the northwest of Las Vegas at around 6am on August 14, when the killers struck.
Ayala, who was 17 at the time, was allegedly driving the 2016 Hyundai Elantra, while Keys who was recording and laughing in the passengers seat can be heard urging him to hit the cyclist.
Ayala, now 18, has a record in the juvenile system, faces a hefty set of additional charges.
Ayala and Keys were present at Las Vegas Justice Court for a custody hearing on Thursday where their court date was scheduled for September 26.
Retired police chief Andreas Probst was mowed down and killed while he was riding his bicycle down an empty highway in the northwest of the city at around 6am on August 14. The driver Jesus Ayala was arrested soon after the crash and has been charged with murder. Jzamir Keys is seen recording from the passenger seat
The driver, 18-year-old Jesus Ayala, [photo], charged as an adult, is facing 18 charges including murder with a deadly weapon, battery and attempted murder, reckless driving, grand larceny and burglary
Jzamir Keys, 16, [photo], who recorded the attack The two teenage suspects will also be be charged as an adult after the crime wave of four stolen cars, hitting a car, and hitting two cyclists – killing one and injuring the other on August 14
He was arrested the same day as the collision – and the District Attorney’s Office has hit him with 18 different charges, from murder to conspiracy to burglary.
Ayala’s lengthy charge list includes: Open murder, battery with a deadly weapon, attempted murder, two charges of not stopping at the scene of an accident, and reckless driving.
He is also charged with: three counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, two grand larceny of a motor vehicle charges, burglary of a structure, possession of burglary tools, two counts of conspiracy to commit grand larceny, conspiracy to possess and transfer stolen vehicles, ad conspiracy to commit burglary. Police revealed at a news conference earlier in the week that the suspects were on a crime spree starting with a hit and run of another cyclist. The 72-year-old man survived.
Andreas Probst, [L-R], 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
Police believe Keys was the driver at that time. 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.
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.
Ayala can be heard in the clip asking Keys if he was ‘ready.’ Keys then said: ‘Yeah, hit his a**.’
A final image from the moving car shows the stricken cyclist down on the the curb.
In the video recorded by the passenger, the teens are seen hitting another car on the road moments before hitting and killing Probst.
The teens had stolen four cars that day, police said. Of the four vehicles used by the two suspects, three of which have been recovered. Following the crash involving Probst the suspect’s stolen vehicle was recovered.
Police then received a call regarding the theft of multiple car thefts involved in a crash at James Bilbray Drive and Balzar Avenue and located two other stolen vehicles.
Police were able to identify the second suspect, Jzamir Keys, who is accused of leaving the scene of the crash wearing a mask by matching several items of clothing and tattoos due to video evidence.
Jesus Ayala runs down Andreas Probst while his friend Jzamir Keys films the killing
Following the announcement that the teens will be charged as adults, Ayala’s mother has said that she ‘doesn’t know,’ if her son – who was 17 at the time – can be forgiven for his alleged crimes.
She previously told 8News Now: ‘I don’t know why he did this. I don’t know if God can forgive this.’
Meanwhile Keys, who was detained this week following a police appeal for information, is believed to be the passenger who goaded the attack and filmed a sick video.
It took cops five weeks to arrest him. It’s believed he was wearing a face mask at the time of the sick collision.
His mother told the news outlet via text: ‘My son’s side of the story will be told, ‘the truth,’ not the inaccuracies the media will try to portray.’
Probst seen [photo] with his wife Crystal and their children retired to Nevada after stepping down as the police chief of Bell, California in 2009
Probst’s daughter Taylor, seen [right], with her mother Crystal at Tuesday’s police update on the crash investigation
The driver Jesus Ayala, willfully ran the cyclist down, killing the retired cop. His mother [photo], has said “I don’t know why he did this,” she said. “I don’t know if God can forgive this” – The two teenage suspects will be charged as adults
The duo were transferred to the Clark County Detention Center on Wednesday and they will face charges of murder with a deadly weapon, battery and attempted murder in Las Vegas Justice Court.
Keys, the accused passenger, was in the child welfare system at the age of eight after his mother who was charged with five counts of child abuse in 2016, pled guilty to gross misdemeanor child abuse.
She later withdrew her plea after she successfully completed terms of probation and received a conviction for misdemeanor disorderly conduct.