He Tried to Take Pic With Vegas Showgirls, Started Killing: Witness

2 dead, 6 others hurt in Las Vegas Strip stabbing spree
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 6, 2022 12:29 AM CDT
Updated Oct 7, 2022 12:29 AM CDT
2 Killed in Las Vegas Strip Stabbing Spree
Emergency personnel respond the scene of a stabbing along the Las Vegas Strip on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. Police say one person has been fatally stabbed and at least five others wounded. A suspect is in custody.   (KTNV via AP)

This story has been updated with the victims' identities. An attacker with a large kitchen knife killed two people and wounded six others in stabbings along the Las Vegas Strip before he was arrested Thursday, police said. Three people were hospitalized in critical condition and another three were in stable condition, according to Las Vegas police, who said they began receiving 911 calls about the stabbings around 11:40am across the street from the Wynn casino and hotel. Police described the suspect as a man in his 30s and said they were working to confirm his identity, the AP reports. Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said the names of the two people killed were being withheld until their relatives can be notified. “Locals and tourists are the victims of this crime,” Lombardo said at a news conference.

Metro Police Deputy Chief James LaRochelle said the initial stabbing was unprovoked and on the eastern sidewalk of Las Vegas Boulevard. He said the suspect then headed south and stabbed others. The man fled and was followed by 911 callers before he was taken into custody, authorities said. Police recovered the “large knife with a long blade” believed to have been used, LaRochelle said, calling the case a “hard-to-comprehend murder investigation.” Lombardo said there were no other suspects in the case and “the Strip is secure.” The victims were identified as Brent Allan Hallett, 47, of Las Vegas, and Maris Mareen Digiovanni, 30, of Las Vegas, ABC News reports.

Police said it was too early in their investigation to speculate on a possible motive for the stabbings. Witnesses told Las Vegas TV stations that some of the victims appeared to be showgirls or street performers who take pictures with tourists on the Strip. The suspect told a woman that he was a chef who wanted to take a picture with some of the showgirls with his knife, but he started stabbing people when the group declined the man's request, the woman told KTNV. Pierre Fandrich, a tourist from Canada, told KTNV that he did not see the stabbing suspect as he was walking along the Strip. But he said he thought he heard “three or four showgirls laughing,” and it turned out to be screaming.

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