Two people were killed and six others injured in a knife shooting that took place on the Las Vegas Strip around 11:40 a.m. Thursday. The suspect arrested in connection with the stabbings is 32-year-old Yoni Barrios. He was sent to the Clark County Detention Center and charged with two counts of count of murder with a deadly weapon and six counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon.
Wielding a large kitchen knife, the suspect began his brutal assault in front of the Wynn Casino on the 3100 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard. The attacks were unprovoked.
Although Barrios reportedly started stabbing on the sidewalk first, he went south down the street and stabbed several more victims. Ultimately, he fled when concerned citizens began to flee follow him.
Within minutes of the stabbings, the LVMPD arrested the suspect Help by Sands security forces. Corresponding KTNVThe police arrested him in front of the Venetian and found that his sleeves were smeared with blood.
The suspect stabbed eight people, two of whom died. One was pronounced dead at the scene and the other later died at University Medical Center.
The deceased victims have been identified: 47-year-old Brent Allan Hallett and 30-year-old Maris Mareen DiGiovanni. DiGiovanni, who is survived by a husband, worked as a teacher at the 9th Bridge School in Las Vegas.
Three of the other stab victims are allegedly in critical condition.
LVMPD deputy chief James LaRochelle said it was “an isolated incident. … All the evidence points to Barrios acting alone and there are no prominent suspects at this time.”
The Review Journal written down that Barrios is not a resident of Las Vegas.
A witness said KTNV that the suspect had approached a number of Las Vegas showgirls with a large knife, which he allegedly explained away and claimed to be a chef. Then he is said to have asked the women to pose with him for a photo. The witness stated that when the victims refused, the suspect began stabbing them.
The LVMPD specified on Thursday that the suspect’s motive is unknown.
Another witness, Pierre Fandrich of Montreal, Canada, reported saw “a lot of blood” and initially mistook the horrified screams and screams of the victims for laughter.
Fandrich said a woman who appeared to have been stabbed in the back helped another victim who was lying on the ground. Another bystander reportedly helped with efforts to resuscitate the woman until first responders arrived.
A tourist from London told the KVVU that one victim removed his shirt and tried to use it to staunch his bleeding before collapsing at the bottom of an escalator.
The city of Las Vegas responded to the accident by increasing its police presence on the Strip.
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