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Suspect Surrenders From Stolen SUV at Vegas Strip Casino

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police say they have arrested the suspect who barricaded himself for about four hours inside a stolen SUV at the Cosmopolitan casino-hotel parking garage in the heart of the Strip.

The male suspect surrendered without incident about 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Las Vegas police Lt. Mark Lourenco said.

He now faces felony charges, including battery with a deadly weapon and attempted grand larceny involving a vehicle.

The four-hour standoff began with the suspect reportedly trying to steal the small SUV from the casino valet area.

Valet workers tried to stop him by using a vehicle to block the SUV’s path, Lourenco said. As the suspect tried to drive off, he rammed into the blocking vehicle, which had a valet attendee inside.

“They blocked his path with a vehicle. He rammed that vehicle trying to get out,” Lourenco said. “He had nowhere to go.”

No one was hurt, but the suspect then refused to come out of the SUV when police arrived.

The SWAT team was called to the scene. Hours later, he surrendered, police said. It’s unclear if he had a weapon on him.

Casino operations and traffic on Las Vegas Boulevard weren’t affected. The casino declined to comment on the case, but it said safety is its top priority.

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