LAS VEGAS, Nevada – On Thursday, a maniac with a knife viciously attacked eight random people in a series of stabbings in front of a casino in Las Vegas on Thursday, police said. Two people have died and three are in critical condition. Police say the remaining victims are in stable condition.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department arrested 32-year-old Yoni Barrios and he has been charged with two counts of open murder with a deadly weapon and six counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon.
The incident took place near the Wynn hotel and casino in the 3100 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard shortly before noon.
“The initial stabbing occurs on the sidewalk area. It appears unprovoked. There is no altercation beforehand,” Police Deputy Chief James LaRochelle said earlier Thursday. “That stabbing occurs quickly, and then the suspect subsequently goes southbound on the sidewalk area and stabs additional victims.”
“Our thoughts are with the victims of this senseless attack on the Strip today. We are grateful for the quick response from our Clark County Fire Department, LVMPD and other first responders,” Clark County officials said in a statement posted to Facebook.
At this time, the motive in the horrendous attack are unknown and Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said the victims were a combination of locals and tourists, and police will provide information on them after their families have been contacted.