Manhunt in Las Vegas after ‘random’ stabbing attacks
PUBLISHED Wed, April 19, 2017 - 2:28pm EDT
Photo: Suspect Richi Briones
One person has been killed and another is critically injured after random stabbing attacks in northeast Las Vegas, local authorities say. There is no apparent link to terrorism but the suspect remains at large. (more)
The incidents began at about 9:29 a.m. PT on Wednesday when officers were called to a convenience store in the 4300 block of Stewart Avenue, where a person was chased by a man with a knife but was able to get away unhurt.
The second incident occurred at 10:13 a.m. when one person was stabbed outside a restaurant in the 4400 block of East Charleston Boulevard. The third incident happened at 10:49 a.m. at a convenience store in the 500 block of North Lamb Boulevard, where a man was stabbed at the register.
All three attacks are believed to have been random, according to Lt. Dan McGrath, a spokesman for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. He said the victim in the third incident was killed and the victim in the second attack is critically injured.
The suspect has been identified as 32-year-old Richi Briones, who is believed to be driving in a tan Toyota minivan with major damage. He is considered armed and dangerous and anyone who sees him is urged to call 911. Briones tried to buy a shotgun in between the attacks but was unable to.
A possible motive for the attacks was not immediately known, but police said there was no indication of a link to terrorism. The attacks may be related to drug use or mental illness, a police spokesman said. Briones has a history of domestic abuse.
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