Man arrested in random Las Vegas stabbings; 1 dead

Rodiano Bonacci
Aprile 20, 2017

This undated Clark County Detention Center photo shows Richi Briones.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A man attacked three people with a large knife, killing one and seriously injuring another before fleeing, in what Las Vegas police called a series of random attacks.

Richi Briones, 32, was taken into custody at a bus stop Wednesday night, police said in a news release. Briones' vehicle was found abandoned about 20 miles (32 kilometers) away.

Police say they're focusing the search for a 32-year-old man wanted in apparently random knife attacks that killed one man and badly injured another in areas northeast of downtown Las Vegas. They said Briones was considered armed and risky.

Police released a recent jail booking photo of Briones, and said they were focusing the search in the northeast Las Vegas area.

Records show that a state court judge ruled Briones competent in January to face a felony auto theft charge.

The case was dismissed in February by a judge after a preliminary hearing of evidence, records show.

A prosecutor and public defender involved in the case weren't immediately identified.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson declined to comment.

A man escaped without injury in the first attack at about 9:30 a.m. east of downtown Las Vegas, police said.

Officer Michael Rodriguez, a department spokesman, said he didn't immediately know why the sale wasn't completed. Dan McGrath said Briones tried without success to buy a shotgun at a nearby sporting goods store.

The second occurred about 10:15 a.m. outside a restaurant in the 4400 block of East Charleston Boulevard, and the third was about 10:50 a convenience store in the 500 block of North Lamb Boulevard, where a male customer was stabbed, police said.

Hispanic male in his 30's, black hat, gray shirt, seen driving away in a tan Toyota mini-van.

At least one store clerk and several other customers were in the store at the time, Rodriguez said, and police recovered security camera footage.

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