Caesars Palace Murder Suspects Identified Via Instagram, Says Las Vegas Arrest Report
Two women arrested after a man was fatally shot last week in a hotel room in Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace resort remain in custody, with new details released on their arrest.
Erika Covington and Arionna Taylor, both 20, are charged with murder with a deadly weapon and robbery. The victim, Bryan Altamirano-Solano, 25, was found dead in room 534 at Caesars Palace at 11:15 a.m. on May 15.
The two suspects were seen on cameras entering the room at 2 a.m., and then leaving half an hour later.
Police had previously spoken to Taylor on May 10 over a domestic violence incident. During that case, they obtained her phone number, which they then used to track down her Instagram account.
Photo and video evidence showed her in the same clothes she was seen in on CCTV footage leaving the scene of the murder.
Night of Murder
According to newly released police reports, the hotel room in question was registered to another woman who has not been named. She and the victim met up in the room together before he walked her back to her car at around 1:30 a.m.
This is when Covington and Taylor followed Altamirano-Solano back to the room. They headed inside together at about 2:14 am. By 2:48 a.m., the two women were caught on camera running from the room carrying a bag they didn’t arrive with.
They then headed to the Linq hotel, where they were seen getting into a stolen white sedan.
By 11 a.m., Altamirano-Solano was found dead by housekeeping. Clark County coroners reported he died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.
A bullet casing found at the scene was matched to one involved in the domestic violence case in which Taylor was the victim. This bought her to police’s attention once again, who then investigated her social media posts.
Less than two days later, on Wednesday, May 17, Las Vegas police raided an apartment on Simmons Street and apprehended the pair. A search of the location found the clothes allegedly worn by the women during the shooting, and a Glock handgun magazine.
Both suspects initially denied any involvement. But when confronted with the security footage and the social media posts, they changed their tune.
Under arrest, Taylor told police she had no memory of the events after a car crash, telling detectives they “needed to do their jobs,” as reported by Fox5 Vegas.
Covington admitted that she was at Caesars with the victim on the night of the death, but failed to provide any other details.
The two women have been charged with murder, robbery, conspiracy to commit murder, and conspiracy to commit robbery. They remain in Clark County Detention Center awaiting preliminary court hearings on June 22.