A recently released video captured the robbery of a 66-year-old woman killed outside the Fashion Show Mall on New Year’s Eve.
Clarice Yamaguchi, of Hawaii, was robbed and shot in what authorities said was part of a series of crimes that randomly targeted victims in Las Vegas Valley parking lots.
The video, shown to a Clark County grand jury that indicted two men earlier this month in the murder, shows Yamaguchi and her husband in the mall parking lot as they were approached by an assailant who emerged from the front passenger seat of a silver BMW.
The video shows a brief struggle between Yamaguchi, her husband, and the thief before she collapses to the ground from a fatal gunshot wound. The assailant then jumped into the silver BMW and fled.
Jordan Ruby, 18, and Jesani Carter, 20, both of California, have since been charged with murder and robbery.
Las Vegas police said the couple were also charged with the murder of another man, Hyo Sup Um, 60, during a robbery at Palace Station the same evening.
Additionally, authorities alleged that Ruby and Carter were linked to three other parking lot robberies over two days in Las Vegas.
A woman was also robbed from the parking lot of Palace station near where Um was killed. Another armed robbery took place in the parking lot of the Wynn Las Vegas the day before the murders. The fifth robbery, according to police, targeted a Sahara Las Vegas employee who had been shot. No one was seriously injured in these robberies, but video of the robberies was also shown to the grand jury.
Carter’s defense attorneys, Lisa Rasmussen and Caitlyn McAmis, said Friday they were conducting their own investigation into the case. As of Tuesday morning, defense attorneys were still waiting to receive all of the evidence presented to the grand jury.
“We look forward to bringing the complex and myriad issues related to Jesani’s case to court at the appropriate time,” Rasmussen said in a statement emailed to the Las Vegas Review-Journal..
Ruby’s defense attorney Ed Kane could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.
Authorities said Carter had close ties to the vehicle used in the crimes and was arrested by Southern Nevada law enforcement in the vehicle six weeks before the murder. Body camera video generated from that traffic stop was presented to the grand jury as evidence.
Las Vegas police investigators also testified to the grand jury that a gun found in the vehicle when the two men were arrested at the Bally compound a day after the murders were linked to the killing of Yamaguchi and flying in the Sahara.
At a hearing in January, Deputy Chief District Attorney Marc DiGiacomo said Ruby was recorded making phone calls to jail claiming he was just the driver of the getaway, not the shooter. . The prosecutor said Ruby said on the calls that he “came to Las Vegas for the purpose of robbing people on New Year’s Day.”