The man charged with fatally stabbing two people and wounding six others during a crazed rampage on the Las Vegas strip was in the United States illegally and has a criminal record, according to a report.
The 32-year-old alleged attacker, Yoni Barrios, is a Guatemalan national with a criminal record in California, a source with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed to Fox News.
Barrios was charged with two counts of open murder with a deadly weapon and six counts of attempted murder in the senseless broad-daylight attack.
The deadly stabbing spree began 11:42 a.m. local time on Thursday on South Las Vegas Boulevard, near two major casinos — the Wynn Las Vegas and the Resorts World Casino.
Barrios had asked a group of women dressed as showgirls to take a picture of him with a knife. When they declined, he began his alleged deadly stabbing frenzy. Maris Digionvanni, 30, was killed in the attack, the girls’ boss told The Post.
The suspect told police that he “thought the women were laughing at him and making fun of his clothing,” according to a police report obtained by KKTV.
He then fled and allegedly killed 47-year-old Brent Allan Hallet, with what police described as a “large knife with a long blade.” He was followed by concerned witnesses who called 911.
Among those who were injured, one victim underwent surgery and remains in critical condition. Two victims are in serious condition while the remaining three are reported to be in fair condition, KKTV reported.
Barrios was detained by security guards from the Sands with Metropolitan Police officers while running on a Strip sidewalk, police said. He’s currently being held in the Clark County Detention Center.
He made his first court appearance on Friday where he was ordered to remain in custody, according to KKTV.
Reporting by The New York Post.