LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As police investigate Thursday’s stabbing near Wynn Las Vegas, here’s a look at recent attacks on or near the Strip:
- Sept. 10: A fight near E. Flamingo Road and the Strip ended in an arrest after one person was found with apparent stab wounds.
- Aug. 4: One man was killed and two women were injured at The Mirage in an altercation among family members. Billy Hemsley, 54, was arrested.
- July 9: A man is accused of driving his car into a group of Black individuals in an attack police describe as racially motivated. The attack happened near the Marriot Grand Chateau on East Harmon Avenue near the Strip.
- June 14: Just north of the Strip at Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue, three people were shot in a robbery attempt at the World’s Largest Gift Shop. Mercedes Cage, 35, of California was arrested.
- March 26: Freddy Allen, 58, is accused of stabbing a man to death at the footbridge between New York New York and the MGM Grand Hotel.
- Jan. 12: South of the Strip, Metro police shot a man at Town Square mall after shots were fired at officers.
Two high-profile crimes on the Strip last year were big stories:
- Dec. 31, 2021: A New Year’s Eve crime spree left two people dead — one at the Fashion Show mall parking garage and one at the Palace Station parking garage. Jordan Ruby, 18, and Jesani Carter, 21, each face two murder charges.
- April 25, 2021: Malik Frost, 27, was convicted in a deadly shooting at the Hawaiian Marketplace on the Strip near Harmon Avenue. The attack started when a rock was thrown, apparently after an argument over a bathroom stall.
The incidents followed a period in late 2019 and early 2020 when Metro police increased patrols on the Strip following several incidents that made headlines. At the time, concern from businesses and officials was elevated, and people were worried that the attacks could affect tourism.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority issued a statement on Thursday after the stabbing attack that left two people dead and eight others injured:
“Our hearts are with all those affected by today’s tragic incident on the Strip. Our destination has always placed the highest priority on the safety of our residents and visitors. At this time, all indications are that this was an isolated incident perpetrated by one individual, who has been apprehended.”Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
1 October shooting
The deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history occurred on the Strip on Oct. 1, 2017. Gunman Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire on people attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival across from Mandalay Bay on the south end of the Strip. The shooting killed 58 people that night, and two deaths directly related to injuries from that night have since been added to the total. The city just marked the five-year anniversary of the event on Saturday.
Paddock’s motivation for the shooting are still unknown.
Other violent events tied to the Strip have occurred through the years, including a 2013 chase that ended in a fiery explosion. Ammar Harris, a pimp who is on death row in Nevada, shot Kenneth Cherry Jr. as he chased him down the Strip. The shot killed Cherry, and his car slammed into a taxicab resulting in an explosion that killed the cab driver and a passenger.
Hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur was killed in a drive-by shooting on Sept. 7, 1996, just east of the Strip on Flamingo Road. He was a passenger in a car driven by Death Row Records founder Suge Knight. The crime remains unsolved.
Another attack involves Porfirio Duarte-Herrera, who was in the headlines again in September when he escaped from prison and was missing for nearly a week before Metro police caught him as he tried to board a bus to leave the country. Duarte-Herrera was behind a pipe-bomb attack on May 7, 2007, at the Luxor parking garage. The bomb killed 24-year-old Willebaldo Dorantes Antonio.