The suspect accused of killing two people and injuring six others during a stabbing spree on the Las Vegas Strip, according to sources, is in the country illegally.
Yoni Barrios, 32, is a Guatemalan national who is in the country illegally and has a criminal history in California, according to a source with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Barrios allegedly stabbed eight people on the sidewalk near the Wynn Las Vegas hotel shortly after 11:40 a.m. local time, including tourists and locals. Maris Mareen DiGiovanni, 30, and Brent Allan Hallett, 47, both of Las Vegas, were killed, according to authorities.
The other victims are still hospitalised.
According to reports, Barrios became enraged after some showgirls refused to take his picture. When he approached the group of women, he introduced himself as a chef, according to local news station KTNV. When they rejected him, he allegedly pulled out a "large knife with a long blade" and began attacking.
According to the police, Barrios was stopped while running on a Strip sidewalk by Metropolitan Police officers and Sands security personnel. There were no other suspects in the investigation.
According to Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson, when Barrios appears in court the following week, he will be charged with two counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder. Barrios appeared in court for a bail hearing on Friday, wearing what appeared to be orange padding on his hands.
DiGiovanni's brother told Fox News that his sister was born and raised in Spokane, Washington, and had a strong desire to travel the world.
Mari, according to the man,
"Maris always saw the best in people, always gave them a chance, and always accepted people for who they were,"
"Her huge capacity for love lead her to have lasting friendships from all over the world. She was a beautiful spirit and soul, and we will miss her for the rest of our lives.
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