Vegas men accused in home invasion

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By David Giuliani

Two men are accused of invading a home on Mora Street, beating up a man and then taking his wallet.

Nicholas Leyba, 21, 776 Dalbey Drive, and Michael Zaldivar, 22, 2515 New Mexico Ave., are charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated battery, robbery, conspiracy, false imprisonment and tampering with evidence.

According to Magistrate Court documents, the alleged victim heard someone knocking at his door around 12:30 a.m. last Tuesday in the 300 block of Mora Street. He opened it and recognized Leyba and Zaldivar.

The suspects rushed through the door without permission, the records state. Leyba locked the door and reportedly told the alleged victim, “I see you have rims on your car. Where is your money? Where is all your cash?”

The man reported that Leyba started to beat him up with a closed fist throughout the house, knocking him to the floor, court documents state.

The alleged victim told the two to get out of his house and insisted he didn’t have any cash. Then Zaldivar allegedly asked him, “Do you want to get it?” Zaldivar then struck the man with an object above his left eye, causing the alleged victim to black out and bleed, documents state.

Later, the man realized that the suspects had stolen his wallet containing $150.

Court documents indicate that man suffered a cut above his left eye that needed several stitches and scrapes to his nose, elbows, back and stomach. Police reported that the man had a torn retina.

The alleged victim identified Zaldivar and Leyba as his attackers, and police arrested them shortly afterward.

Zaldivar is no stranger to local law enforcement. Online court records show that he pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and domestic battery in separate cases in 2005 and a DWI and resisting and evading officers in different incidents in 2007. Charges of leaving the scene of an accident from a few months ago are pending.

The rap sheet for Leyba, on the other hand, is limited to charges of criminal damage from 2007. That case hasn’t been resolved yet, according to online court records.