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Man Gets 2 to 5 Years in Strip Elevator Stabbing

Man Gets 2 to 5 Years in Strip Elevator Stabbing

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A 24-year-old man who was videotaped stabbing a California tourist in a Las Vegas Strip hotel elevator was sentenced to two to five years in state prison.

Carlos Heredia apologized in court Thursday for the early Feb. 16 attack on Eric Miller at The Hotel at Mandalay Bay.

He told Clark County District Court Judge Michael Villani he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time.

Heredia pleaded guilty in May to felony battery causing substantial bodily harm.

Elevator video showed the 43-year-old Miller and his wife, Diane Androvich, arguing with Heredia and Trent Joseph Wilcox before Heredia stabbed Miller.

The 26-year-old Wilcox pleaded guilty in July to an attempted battery charge for holding Miller during the attack.

Wilcox was sentenced to one year in county jail.

Trial Date Set for Circus Circus Sexual Assault Suspect

Trial Date Set for Circus Circus Sexual Assault Suspect


A trial date has been set for a sergeant in the Saudi Arabian Air Force accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy at the Circus Circus.

The judge set a trial date for 23-year-old Mazen Alotaibi for July 22. Alotaibi is facing charges of sexual assault of a victim under 16 years old, lewdness with a minor and coercion with force.

According to prosecutors, Alotaibi forced the teenager, who was a guest of the hotel, into his room and assaulted him New Year's Eve day.

Alotaibi maintains the encounter was consensual.

Alotaibi was in this country for training at an Air Force base in Texas. 

Police Search for Man Who Robbed Business

Police Search for Man Who Robbed Business


Metro Police is looking for a man who robbed a business near Las Vegas Boulevard South and Sands Avenue.

The crime happened at about 9:10 p.m. March 30. According to police, the man entered the back office of the business and pointed a gun at an employee.

He told the employee to take cash out of the safe and put it in the duffle bag he had brought with him.

The employee complied, and the man left.

He is described as a white man with brown hair and a goatee. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing black frame sunglasses with yellow reflective lenses. He was also wearing a long sleeved blue plaid shirt, yellow gloves and dark green pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro's Robbery Section at (702) 828-3591 or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555. 

Metro Closing Lobby of Three Substations

Metro Closing Lobby of Three Substations


Budget tightening for Metro Police will result in the closures of the lobbies at three substations beginning Saturday.

These locations are:

  • Bolden Area Command, 1851 Stella Lake Street
  • South Central Area Command, 4860 Las Vegas Boulevard South
  • Southeast Area Command, 3675 East Harmon Avenue

The Downtown Area Command closed its front lobby in March 2010.

The civilian support personnel who normally staff these locations will be moved to more critical positions within the department, eliminating the need to hire additional staff to fill those roles. No positions will be eliminated during this re-allocation of resources.

The primary functions of these front lobby locations were taking crime and accident reports, registering firearms, and fielding special service requests from citizens. These services will still be available at other substations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday:

Metro Seeks Suspect in March Sexual Assualt


Metro Police need help finding a man suspected of sexual assault on the Strip in March, as well as a woman described as a person of interest.

The alleged incident took place around 2 a.m. The victim was able to free herself from the attacker after a struggle.

The suspect is described as a black man, standing approximately 6-foot-1 and weighing 200 pounds. The suspect is further described as having short black hair and was last seen wearing a purple long sleeve shirt, black pants and black shoes.

The person of interest is described as a white woman in her late twenties. She has long dark hair and was last seen wearing a white blouse, black pants and light-colored shoes.

Anyone with any information regarding this crime is asked to call Metro’s Sexual Assault Section at 828-3421, or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 385-5555 or at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.

Law Student Pleads Not Guilty in Strip Bird Case

Law Student Pleads Not Guilty in Strip Bird Case


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- An attorney pleaded not guilty on behalf of a University of California, Berkeley, law student facing felony animal torture and killing charges in the beheading last October of an exotic bird at a Las Vegas Strip resort.

Attorney Michael Pariente said Monday that Justin Alexander Teixeira intends to fight the charges stemming from the Oct. 12 decapitation of the helmeted guineafowl in a wildlife habitat exhibit at the Flamingo Las Vegas.

Pariente says he intends to deal with the case in court, not in the media.

The 24-year-old Teixeira wasn't present.

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Bill Kephart set an April 24 evidentiary hearing.

Another Berkeley student, 25-year-old Eric Cuellar pleaded guilty Jan. 10 to a misdemeanor charge of instigating an act of cruelty to an animal.