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‘Thunder’ Suspect Cites Mental Issues

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Joey Kadmiri, photo LVMPD

Joey Kadmiri, photo LVMPD

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man accused of firing a gun as he tried to make off with costumes and props used by Thunder From Down Under male performers in Las Vegas denies the allegations against him.

In jailhouse interviews, Joey Kadmiri said he suffers from mental-health and drug problems and needs outpatient therapy.

The 24-year-old says he’s convinced all police are out to get him and he believes everyone is an officer when his hallucinations intensify. He says that’s why he refused to go to court Friday for his arraignment on felony attempted murder, armed robbery, burglary and weapon charges.

He says he was terrified that someone wanted him dead, so he decided to use the show’s costumes as a disguise.

The judge reset his hearing for Monday.

No one was seriously wounded in the incident Tuesday at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

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