A man with a large kitchen knife who terrorized tourists and locals Las Vegas Strip in a knife fight On Friday, the region’s top prosecutor announced charges in the killing that left two people dead and six injured.
Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said he intends to file two counts of murder with a deadly weapon and six counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon against 32-year-old Yoni Barrios. He did not rule out the use of the death penalty.
“We’re going to take a serious look at it. But it’s so early,” Wolfson told the media after Barrios finished the afternoon.
Barrios, who was wearing a dark blue jumpsuit and orange handcuffs, was ordered held without bail. The first arraignment was scheduled for Tuesday.
It was not immediately known if Barrios had an attorney available to comment on his behalf.
He is being held at the Clark County Detention Center.
Two of the victims turned to the trauma center of Sunrise Hospital. One was in fair condition and the other was in fair condition Friday, said Marissa Mussi, a hospital spokeswoman.
The other four went to the University Medical Center. Officials did not immediately return a message with information on their current status.
Police say they began receiving 911 calls about the stabbing around 11:40 a.m. Thursday across the street from the Wynn Casino and Hotel.
Barrios, who is not a Las Vegas resident, was apprehended by Sands security guards and Metropolitan Police officers as he ran down the sidewalk on the Strip, police said. There were no other suspects.
Police said they are continuing to investigate a motive, but do not believe there was an argument before the attacks.
The Clark County Coroner’s Office identified the victims as Brent Alan Hallett, 47, and Maris Marin DiGiovanni, 30, both of Las Vegas.
The names of those injured in the attack have not been released.
The initial stabbing was unprovoked and occurred on the eastbound sidewalk of Las Vegas Boulevard. The suspect then headed south and stabbed others, Metropolitan Police Deputy Chief James Larochelle said.
The man fled and a 911 call was made after him before he was taken into custody, authorities said. Police found a “large knife with a long blade” believed to have been used, Larochelle said, calling the case “a difficult homicide investigation to understand.”
Devaun Turner, 47, a doorman at The District at Resorts World, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he was walking home when he saw two people dressed as dancers in red dresses and heels running from a man with a knife. He saw a man stab both of them, a man walking nearby, and then two more women.
“Ten or 15 steps forward and I would have been one of the ones that got stabbed,” Turner said.
A witness told Las Vegas TV station KTNV that the suspect told the woman he was a chef who wanted to take a picture with some of the girls from the show with a knife. But he started stabbing people when the group refused the man’s offer.