Blackjack Pit Stabbing in Las Vegas 24.12.2012

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What started out as a normal Friday night at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, NV, became a crime scene when a fight broke out between two casino employees in one of the blackjack pits. It is still unclear to police what started the altercation between the two female dealers.

The Clark County Fire Department was at the hotel within a few minutes and focused on treating the wounds of the victim whose name has not been released. The victim was then taken to a local hospital for further treatment. The attacker, 50 year old Brenda J. Stokes, was arrested on the charges of battery with a deadly weapon, battery with use of a deadly weapon with substantial bodily harm, burglary and mayhem.

Just after the incident, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department, Marcus Martin, confirmed that some type of “an edged blade” weapon was used to slash the face of the victim. As soon as police confiscated the weapon and secured the crime scene the casino was allowed to reopen the blackjack pit which features tables with a $100-$1,000 table limit.

The incident was of some concern to police. It is the second violent attack with a week at a prominent Las Vegas hotel and casino on the Strip. Just a week earlier, a man shot a concierge employee at the Excalibur before shooting himself in a murder-suicide. There’s no denying that Las Vegas has its shares of crime but what is concerning to casino owners, employees and guests is that the recent crimes have both happened inside major resorts on the Strip as opposed to crimes committed in the general city boundaries of Las Vegas.

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