Violent attacks have become prevalent in Las Vegas unfortunately, with incidents ranging from fights and shootings to now stabbings. The most recent incident of violence to take place in Sin City involves a Nebraska man who was stabbed during an unprovoked attack. The man was harmed by a homeless man as he walked along the Fremont Street Experience area.
Police took Steven Revell into the Clark County Detention Center this week after he was accused of stabbing a man from Nebraska three times in an attack this past Saturday night. The suspect told police that he stabbed the man as much as he could, trying to get him near the spine area.
The incident took place at the Freemont Street Experience, a busy area where tourists and residents frequent for entertainment, dining, and drinks. The pedestrian mall is covered in lights and provides lights shows which is also a big tourist attraction.
Around 11pm, the man was attacked and less than an hour later, police arrested the homeless man. He confessed to police and said that he knew the victim. The victim was in Las Vegas to work a job and was downtown with coworkers for drinks.
Despite the attacker saying he knew the victim, there is no evidence of that. The stabbing seems to be unprovoked according to police. Revell will need to be in court this week to face several charges including attempted murder, possession of heroin and battery with use of a deadly weapon. He also faces an out of state fugitive warrant.
Violence in Las Vegas
The victim and his friends were unfortunately separated just before the attack took place. The man stopped to call his friends and that is when he was stabbed by the homeless man. The man had one-inch wounds and was taken to the hospital. He will survive the attack.
This incident is just one of several that has taken place over the past few months. Since the summer, attacks have grown considerably. The Strip has seen many attacks including shootings and fights that have resulted in victims being hospitalized.
It is believed that the violence is due to out-of-town gang members as well as visitors. To respond the many violent attacks, the city and county police departments have teamed up. A new program has been implemented called Operation Persistent Pressure which places police on foot as well as in vehicles to try and catch criminal activity before anyone gets hurt, or to stop it from happening altogether.
Casinos are also taking action, setting up security points at entry doors and only allowing patrons in on the weekends who have reservations for dining or are rewards club members. This added level of security is being used in the hopes that only those who want to enjoy a good time will come inside instead of those who want to start trouble.
Visitors are also skeptical of traveling to Las Vegas at this time due to the coronavirus, on top of the violent acts. The region may be hit even harder with lower tourism levels if the two continue to be an issue.