A man from Guatemala was charged formally Tuesday in last week’s fatal stabbing spree on the Las Vegas Strip.
According to a new report, it appears the suspect in the brutal stabbing spree was also in the country illegally and had a prior criminal record.
Prosecutors said he used a 12-inch knife to attack five women dressed as showgirls, as well as a group of visitors, outside the Wynn Las Vegas.
Yoni Barrios, 32, was charged on Tuesday with two charges of murder and six counts of attempted murder in connection with the fatal spree on the Las Vegas Strip last Thursday.
Maris DiGiovanni, 30, and Brent Hallett, 47, both of Las Vegas, were killed in the rampage, which also injured four other Las Vegas showgirls and two visitors.
Barrios is now being detained without bail until the Public Defender’s Office determines his competency to stand trial.
According to a police report, the suspect stated he wanted to ‘get the rage out’ after he feared others were laughing at him for wanting to snap a selfie with the showgirls.
Prosecutors must decide whether to seek the death sentence for the killing spree within the next 30 to 60 days.
The suspect, was reportedly wearing a chef’s long-sleeved white jacket and brandishing a knife at the time of the incident, reportedly telling the girls he was a chef in the minutes prior to the attack.
He allegedly informed the showgirls he wanted to take a picture with them but then began quickly began his stabbing spree when they refused.
During the rampage, eight individuals were stabbed in total.
According to court records the suspect had previously been charged for criminally injuring his spouse in Los Angeles.
A crime that, if he had been properly prosecuted in a timely manner for, may have put him in prison for up to four years, potentially preventing him from committing his brutal Vegas stabbing spree.
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