Police ID Suspect, Victims in Las Vegas Strip Stabbing That Left 2 Dead
Police have identified Yonni Barrios, 32, as the suspect who stabbed two people to death on Thursday on the Las Vegas Strip. He has been charged with two counts of open murder and six counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon, and is being held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center.
Also overnight, the Clark County Coroner’s Office identified the two victims who died in the fatal stabbing as Brent Allan Hallett, 47, and Maris Mareen Digiovanni, 30, both of Las Vegas.
As of Thursday evening, six surviving victims of the attack were still being treated for injuries at University Medical Center and Sunrise Hospital. Three were in critical condition, three appeared to be stable.
Barrios’ motive for the unprovoked attack was “unknown at this time,” police said, referring to it as an isolated incident.
“All evidence indicates Barrios acted alone and there are no outstanding suspects at this time,” said Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Deputy Chief James LaRochelle.
Barrios is expected in court Friday morning.
The incident, which shut down the Las Vegas Strip’s intersection with Spring Mountain Road for hours on Thursday, was reported around 11:42 a.m. in the 3100 block of S. Las Vegas Blvd., which is near Wynn Las Vegas.
One victim was pronounced dead at the scene, a second died at University Medical Center hospital. A large kitchen knife was recovered at the scene.
Barrios attempted to flee eastbound on Sands Avenue, according to police, but was followed by concerned citizens calling in reports of his whereabouts, and apprehended by a security guard and police.
Witnesses at the scene told a reporter from KTNV-TV that the stabbings occurred in multiple locations, and that some of the victims may have been street performers who take photos with tourists while dressed as showgirls.
One witness told KTNV’s reporter that he “thought he heard three or four showgirls laughing, though it turned out to be screaming.” The witness said he saw “a lot of blood,” as one of the apparent victims ran across a pedestrian bridge.
“Our hearts are with all those affected by this tragedy,” Gov. Steve Sisolak posted on Twitter this afternoon. “At the state level, we will continue to work with partners in law enforcement to make resources available on the ground and ensure the Las Vegas Strip remains a safe and welcoming place for all to visit.”
The Twitter account for Clark County, Nev. added: “Our thoughts are with the victims of this senseless attack on the Strip today. We are grateful for the quick response from our @ClarkCountyFD, @LVMPD and other first responders.”
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