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


Steve Marcus

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

Updated Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011 | 5:53 p.m.

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Javier Righetti

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 »


A 15-year-old girl was stabbed 40 times by a man who was arrested and allegedly confessed to killing and raping her, according to an arrest report released Tuesday.

Alyssa Otremba’s burned body was found Saturday in a vacant northwest valley lot. The Arbor View High School sophomore’s mother reported her missing after she failed to return home from a walk Friday evening.

On Monday, Metro Police confirmed the body was that of Otremba and announced the arrest of a suspect, 19-year-old Javier Righetti.

Police said a tip from the girlfriend of Righetti’s friend led detectives to the suspect’s home in the 7900 block of Willow Pines Place, near Grand Teton Drive and El Capitan Way. Police arrested Righetti on Monday in connection with murder with a deadly weapon, sexual assault with a deadly weapon, first-degree kidnapping with a deadly weapon and robbery with a deadly weapon.

Otremba had sent her mother a text message about 6:30 p.m. Friday that said, “I am on Grand Teton heading home, I will be home in 30 min.”

Family and friends searching for the girl Saturday located a burned, unrecognizable body in a lot near U.S. 95 at Oso Blanca Road and Grand Teton Drive. An autopsy by the coroner confirmed her identity Monday.

She had more than 40 stab wounds to the face, neck, chest, stomach and thighs, according to the arrest report. An accelerant had been used to burn the body.

During the investigation, a woman called police because she thought she had information about the girl’s murder. Detectives met with the woman, who was the girlfriend of one of Righetti’s friends, on Monday, according to the arrest report.

She told police that Righetti called her boyfriend numerous times Friday night. Her boyfriend, Daniel Ortiz, finally answered his phone, at which point Righetti allegedly told him he needed help, according to the arrest report.

Ortiz allegedly dropped his girlfriend off at her home because Righetti wanted him to come alone, according to the police report.

Detectives then contacted Ortiz, who said Righetti told him that “he had killed a young girl in the desert area,” police noted in the report. Ortiz allegedly didn’t believe him, brushing the statement off as the product of Righetti being high.

Ortiz, however, said he took Righetti to a 7-Eleven store on Durango Drive to buy matches, according to the arrest report. Afterward, Righetti allegedly ran across the street to an Albertson’s Express and bought gasoline in a silver can, Ortiz told police.

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Francisco Servin lights a candle at a memorial for 15-year-old Alyssa Otremba near Grand Teton Drive and Tee Pee Lane Monday, September 5, 2011.

Righetti had the can of gasoline and a small duffle bag with him when he got to the car, but Ortiz told police he didn’t know what was in the bag.

Righetti allegedly asked Ortiz to drive him to the vacant lot near Oso Blanca Road, according to the arrest report. Ortiz said Righetti asked him to come with him, but Ortiz said he felt ill and left the scene.

Ortiz told police he had been avoiding Righetti’s calls ever since the incident, according to the arrest report.

When detectives served a search warrant at the house where Righetti lived, he surrendered to officers, police said.

Righetti allegedly confessed to another robbery and rape, in addition to the kidnapping, rape and murder of Otremba, according to the arrest report. He told detectives he followed Otremba to rob and rape her, then he killed her with a kitchen knife from his house, police noted in the report.

Righetti is being held in the Clark County Detention Center without bail, according to jail records.

Friends and family have formed a makeshift memorial for Otremba at the vacant lot where she was found. Otremba, a band member at Arbor View, was described by friends as a “very open” person who was funny and nice.

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  1. Now that he has confessed please see that he receives the same sentence he gave Alyssa. Don't wait years to do it either, he did not have her years.

    Very sorry for Alyssa's family. Would hate to have to live though something like this.

    It is time for the good people of Las Vegas to take our streets back. You see something going on, report it.

  2. I can only imagine the pain and suffering that went on before this SOB took this young lady's life. Now, here comes, the runaround, not from the people but our so called LAWYERS AND JUDGES. They will drag this out for months, weeks, years, milking the system, getting every penny they can. The people of this country had better take back our street, community, cities, counties, states and Washington DC now!! before it is too late. It troubles me to say this..but...I CAN NOT SEE IT GETTING ANY BETTER!!! In fact it has gotten worse in the years that I have been on this earth.

  3. Lets take this piece of garbage along with the pieces of garbage who killed the school teacher, Norman Belcher, Autumn Murry and Michelle Payette and put them all in the same room. Then lets have them tied up for alligators, bears, mountain lions and all predators to tear them part and eat them alive! That is the best way to get rid of these evil people from this world!

  4. I know we have a disproportionate share of scumbags in this city but this guy has set a new low.

  5. I would like to commend the media (so far) of not wasting valuable bandwidth/space/etc, and posting a picture of the POS that did this.

  6. Not even what Casey Anthony did compares to this!

  7. Suspects parents had left town.

  8. Dilligaf.. count me in, what number or email would I use? Its about time someone, or somebody takes a stand and states, "we will not tolerate this kind of heinous behavior in our city!" Hopefully Alyssa's death will not be in vein.

  9. Glad to see that there is only one comment that even sounds like they are making excuses for this scumbag. It is very discusting to hear people making excuses for what criminals do and use the excuse of "It must have been something in his past that caused him to do this." I dont give a rats *** what the reason is....He deserves the death penalty as quickly as possible. RIP Alyssa!

  10. Throw him in a cell with a bunch of outlaw biker type thugs (one or two ought to be sufficient) and walk away for awhile.
    This guy deserves the death penalty.
    The girl's family deserves swift justice.
    Most of really don't car how "humane" his punishment is, since it will be more humane than the way he tortured his victims.

  11. I wonder if this is the same guy who was a suspect in a sexual assualt on a 15yr old girl back in March that happened in the same area?

  12. The best execution for this evil monster is this: Tie him by his legs to the back of a pickup truck and drag him down a dirt road. His limbs will be ripped apart and he will die in excruciating pain, the same way that little girl did!