Pallazzo security guard stabbed, man arrested

LAS VEGAS - A Palazzo casino-hotel security guard was transported to the hospital in critical condition after being stabbed in the chest Wednesday morning, Metro Police said.

The stabbing occurred inside the Palazzo on the Las Vegas Strip around 7 a.m.

Police say a man was acting "erratically" in the casino area and security guards approached him. That's when the man attacked a security guard and stabbed him in the chest.

The suspect ran from the Palazzo and there were some tense moments as police surrounded the TI hotel. It ended with police taking the suspect into custody.

"We had no long search, it was a matter of just tracking that suspect, waiting for officers to get into that area," said Larry Hadfield, Metro Police spokesman.

The arrest happened within a matter of minutes.

"I feel safe, yeah. I've seen no issues," said Joe Pusatere, tourist.

Joe and Leslie Pusatere are visiting from Pittsburg. The couple say they've seen plenty of police on the Strip during their three-day stay.

"I don't necessarily notice that they're knocking out crime, I just think that they're visible," Pusatere said.

Beefing up the number of cops on the Strip has been a top priority for Sheriff Joe Lombardo. Much of that is being visible -- a type of preventative measure.

"We have over 200 officers , as well as our hotel security partners, that provide us with 1,000 plus bodies to help provide security and safety to our tourist corridor," Hadfield said.

Metro credits those boots on the ground, along with the surveillance cameras, for quickly capturing the stabbing suspect who went on the run.

Liam Ely, visiting from Bend, Oregon, says crime happens everywhere, but the combination of cops and cameras makes him feel safe every time he visits.

"I think relatively, we've been here so many years now. Over and over, you keep coming back , and never had any incidents," he said.


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