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Man arrested in fatal attack of 15-year-old girl walking home

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A photo of 15-year-old Alyssa Otremba is shown at a memorial near Grand Teton Drive and Tee Pee Lane on Monday, Sept. 5, 2011.

Updated Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011 | 7:01 a.m.

Memorial for Alyssa Otremba

A memorial for 15-year-old Alyssa Otremba is shown near Grand Teton Drive and Tee Pee Lane Monday, September 5, 2011. Launch slideshow »

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UPDATED STORY: Police: Man confessed to rape, murder of 15-year-old girl

Metro Police said late Monday a man was in custody in the death of a teenage girl reported missing Friday whose burned body was found the next day in northwest Las Vegas.

Javier Righetti, 19, of Las Vegas, was arrested in connection with the death of 15-year-old Alyssa Otremba, a sophomore at Arbor View High School. Police said Righetti and Otremba didn't know each other and the incident appeared to be a random attack.

Righetti was arrested at his home about a mile from where the girl's body was found. She was walking home when she was attacked Friday evening, police homicide Lt. Lew Roberts said.

"The body was burned. It appears that there was blunt force trauma as well as multiple stab wounds," Roberts said. "It was a very horrific incident."

Righetti was still being interviewed Monday night.

Police said they received tips that led them to Righetti, who has had other run-ins with law enforcement. He is set for a court hearing Wednesday on charges in this most recent case, including murder, sexual assault, kidnapping and robbery.

Two people walking Saturday night discovered the body in a vacant lot near U.S. 95 at Oso Blanca Road and Grand Teton Drive. Officials confirmed Monday the body was that of Otremba.

According to a Facebook page set up by her family to assist in the search, she last made contact at 6:30 p.m. Friday in a text message that said "I am on Grand Teton heading home, I will be home in 30min." Otremba had been picking up a textbook from a friend for her homework.

Friends and neighbors gathered Monday at a makeshift memorial for the girl.

Although police earlier in the day hadn't confirmed the identity of the body, those leaving behind flowers and stuffed animals on the corner of Tee Pee Land and Grand Teton feared it might be that of Otremba. “In Loving Memory of Alyssa Otremba” read a poster decorated with pictures of the girl at the memorial.

Otremba played percussion in the Arbor View band. Other Arbor View students also stopped by the area Monday.

“The first ensemble from band was here,” said freshman Christian Valentin.

Valentin and freshman Matthew Aparo, a friend of Otremba and fellow Arbor View band member, described Otremba as funny, nice and courageous.

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Sarah Wescott, right, an Arbor View High School band member, places flowers at a memorial for 15-year-old Alyssa Otremba near Grand Teton Drive and Tee Pee Lane Monday, September 5, 2011.

“Very open,” Valentin said.

Tears ran from the eyes of Paige Montes, a Centennial High School student who befriended Otremba while attending Escobedo Middle School.

“She was fun to hang out with,” Montes said. “Last time I talked to her was a couple weeks ago.”

Neighbors visited the memorial to pay their respects. Resident Bryan Litle lives across the street from the lot where Otremba's body was found.

“It’s too close to home,” he said.

Litle said he didn't know Otremba or her family, but feared for the safety of his own child.

“I got a 6-year-old,” he said. “Makes me not want to let my son out of the house.”

The Associated Press and KSNV-TV contributed to this report.

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  1. RIP Alyssa!

  2. This morning's news reported that the suspect was quickly apprehended due to information provided to METRO. More people need to provide information to the police when they witness or know about serious crimes committed against all of us. This notion of "don't snitch" is allowing the predators to control some of our neighborhoods and is a disservice to every law-abiding parent, child and community. Kudos to the "snitches". Keep it up.

  3. It's stories like these that make me less proud to be a Las Vegan. I cannot imagine the pain and heartbreak that Alyssa's family and friends are feeling right now. I do know that God will take care of Alyssa better than this city could. I hope, whatever it is they decide to do this piece of scum, is slow, torturous, and painful. Maybe an eye for an eye would be a just sentence? Bludgeon, stab, then burn his worthless carcass out in the desert and let wildlife take care of the rest.

  4. I am very sorry for Alyssa's family. We have six kids, 11 grandkids and would hate to go through something like this.

    The only way we are going to take back out city it so be involved. Report things as we see them. Don't let the thugs take over our town.

    Las Vegas has been good to us for 50+ years and we will never leave but we won't stand by and let people like Javier Righetti ruin it for our family.

    I am glad people pointed the finger and hope that he receives the same sentence as he gave her if he is found guilty.

  5. WTF with this guy? He stabs, murders and burns a 15 year old girl he's never even met? How F'd up do you have to be to pull this off right off the freeway an in sight of homes nearby.

    Where are these wack jobs coming from? Who is harboring homicidal nim-rods and thinking it will be all right?

    We dont think. THINK/Pienso!

  6. How could someone human do this? I don't get it. Why someone could this to someone so beautiful as Alyssa, full of life, happy, I will never know. It's one thing to rape, stab, and bludgeon someone. Then to burn her body? WTF?! Regardless of what they to do this piece of garbage, it will get their just do in hell. God will see to that. I just hope whatever is done, Alyssa's family and friends will find peace.

  7. Suspects parents left town.

    http://www.fox5vegas.com/story/15403026/...

  8. Horrible beyond words.

  9. to the ex prison guard i must agree, i myself being in prison as an inmate for over 3 years can agree it is worse than death , hell get death sentence im sure, then sent to ely where he will sit waiting his automatic appeal then the liberals will save him and reverse it to life without , i think the parents should get to say what is done to him no matter how inhumane it may be , i cant imagine what they must be going thruogh, they recieved a life sentence too, rip alyssa , this world is such a horrible place sometimes............