Who is Yoni Barrios ? Suspect in Las Vegas strip mass stabbing is illegal immigrant who wanted 'to let anger out'
Update: Two days after the brutal stabbing spree on Las Vegas Boulevard, more details about the suspect Yoni Barrios have come to light. It has been reported that Barrios is an illegal immigrant with a criminal record. According to a police arrest report released on October 7, Friday, Barrios told the detectives that he is a Guatemalan immigrant and that he went on a stabbing spree so he could 'let the anger out.'
As per Bill Melugin of Fox News, Barrios was in the US illegally and even had a criminal record in California for unknown offenses. The ICE was unaware of his presence prior to the crime, he added. A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department arrest report cited by Channel 8 News said Barrios came from California to Vegas two days earlier hoping to stay with a friend, who failed to back him up with the home situation. Barrios then took a bus to the strip, where other passengers made fun of him and he felt he ‘wasn’t treated like a human being.’
Once there Barrios inquired from a janitor at the Wynn Hotel and Casino about job opportunities, he asked the janitor to contact ICE for him so he could return home to Guatemala. Barrios then asked a security guard at the hotel about selling his knives to pay for his trip home, officers wrote. The guard told Barrios to ‘jump in front of a train.’ A furious Barrios exited the hotel and it was then that he approached his first victims. The police report says he told a group of four showgirls that he was a chef. As one woman backed away from him, he allegedly charged at her. Barrios allegedly told cops he started running towards groups of people so he could ‘let the anger out.’
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA: In a horrifying incident, a brutal mass stabbing took place on Las Vegas Boulevard late on Thursday morning, October 6. The suspect has been identified as 32-year-old Yoni Barrios, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. He has been charged with six counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon and two counts of open murder with a deadly weapon at CCDC.
Deputy Chief James LaRochelle said, "This was an isolated incident." He added, "All evidence indicates Barrios acted alone and there are no outstanding suspects at this time." Clark County Coroner's Office named the two victims who died in the fatal stabbing incident and identified them as Brent Allan Hallett, 47, and Maris Mareen Digiovanni, 30, of Las Vegas, According to Kold News 13.
#BREAKING: The suspect in today's stabbings on Las Vegas Boulevard has been identified as 32-year-old Yoni Barrios. He has been booked into CCDC on two counts of open murder with a deadly weapon and six counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon. pic.twitter.com/8UzwgeBKP8— LVMPD (@LVMPD) October 7, 2022
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department wrote on Twitter, "The suspect in today's stabbings on Las Vegas Boulevard has been identified as 32-year-old Yoni Barrios. He has been booked into CCDC on two counts of open murder with a deadly weapon and six counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon."
As previously reported by MEAWW, the attack took place at around 11.42 am when the police received reports of multiple victims on South Las Vegas Boulevard near the Wynn Las Vegas hotel. A total of eight people were attacked. Later, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) confirmed the death of two people, one was pronounced dead at the scene, while the second victim died at University Medical Center. They also confirmed that out of the six injured, three are in critical condition.
A couple who visited Las Vegas for the first time and witnessed the after-attack scene told Fox 5 Vegas. Helen said, I saw a guy he was wearing a t-shirt and he was screaming he was stabbed and he pointed to a guy who was on a bicycle and full of tattoos saying where the stabber was hitting towards and he was walking across bleeding until he took his t-shirt off putting it on his chest. She added, "In the end, he was in so much pain, he sat at the bottom of the escalator, all I can see was he was shaking, it was horrible."
Eric said, "we were walking across the bridge towards the Wynn hotel, I suddenly heard a young lady screaming frantically! so loud and I initially thought she was with her friends but very quickly realized she had been stabbed." He added, "we saw lots of blood from the gentleman who was eventually sat down. Loads of people walked out of the Wynn hotel, I didn't know what had happened at all. The lady collapsed."