LAS VEGAS (KXNT) – Police arrested a person of interest late Wednesday in connection with at least two of three stabbings that left one person dead and one other injured east of downtown Las Vegas Wednesday morning, according to authorities.
Authorities said 32-year-old Richi Briones was taken into custody at a bus stop on Boulder Highway near U.S. 95 Wednesday night. Police said in a news release that Briones’ car was found abandoned about 20 miles away near Flamingo Road and Maryland Parkway.
Officer Laura Meltzer said they believe Briones, 32, was involved in the stabbing of a man in an alley behind a sushi restaurant. on the 4400 block of East Charleston around 10:15 a.m. Just over 30 minutes later, Briones stabbed a gas station convenience store customer from behind several times on the 500 block of North Lamb Boulevard.
The customer was taken to the hospital, where he later died. Authorities have not yet released the victim’s name pending family notification.
Both attacks followed an initial attack that occurred at another convenience store on the 4300 block of Stewart Avenue around 9:30 a.m.
After the first victim ran away, Briones tried without success to buy a shotgun at a nearby sporting goods store, police Lt. Dan McGrath said.
Officer Michael Rodriguez, a department spokesman, said he didn’t immediately know why the sale wasn’t completed.
“It was very random,” McGrath said.
At least one store clerk and several other customers were in the store at the time of the killing, Rodriguez said, and police recovered security camera footage. The video will not be made public until a court decides whether it should be released, Rodriguez said.
Police identified Briones as the suspect from the application he submitted for the shotgun.
According to court records, Briones underwent a mental evaluation before a state court judge ruled in January that he was competent 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, and Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson declined to comment.
Briones was arrested on domestic violence charges in 2015, and was last arrested a few weeks ago on domestic violence charges in California, McGrath told the newspaper.