Las Vegas homeless man goaded into deadly livestreamed backflip for $6, police say

A man who police say used $6 to goad a homeless man into a livestreamed stunt that led to his death has been arrested.

LAS VEGAS – A man who police say used $6 to goad a homeless man into a livestreamed stunt that led to his death has been arrested.

On June 20, 55-year-old Larry Coner approached 28-year-old Keonte Jones in the 700 block of West Owens Avenue and asked him for money, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police.

Jones offered him $6 to perform a backflip, police said. He streamed the incident on Facebook, laughing and filming Coner for almost 10 minutes while telling onlookers not to call paramedics, police said.

When he attempted the stunt, Coner landed on his neck. As he laid there dying, police said, a group of bystanders looked on and laughed.

Coner was transported to University Medical Center with a serious spinal injury. On June 30, he died.

Police learned of the incident through one of Coner’s family members. Detectives launched an investigation and found the Facebook video showing the deadly stunt.

Jones is now in the Clark County Detention Center, facing a felony charge of willful disregard for a person’s safety.

Police are asking anyone with any information about this incident to call detectives at 702-828-3347. To remain anonymous, tipsters can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555, or on the web at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.

Ed Komenda writes about Las Vegas for the Reno Gazette Journal and USA Today Network. Do you care about democracy? Then support local journalism by subscribing to the Reno Gazette Journal right here