Metro Police caught man who allegedly attacked 3, killed 1

LAS VEGAS - The man allegedly involved in two stabbings and one attempted stabbing was caught by authorities Wednesday evening, Metro Police said.

Richi Briones, 32, a man who police called extremely dangerous, was captured by police at a bus stop on Boulder Highway.  When they were searching for him, police said Briones may have been delusional and had been described as crazed by witnesses.

 

Briones stabbed two people on Wednesday morning in the northeast valley, according to Lt. Dan McGrath, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. One of the victims died, and the other is in critical condition.

The first incident happened at 9:30 a.m. in the area of Stewart Avenue and Lamb Boulevard. Briones tried to stab the first victim, who was able to run away, according to investigators.

At 9:35 a.m. Briones went into the Big 5 on Charleston Boulevard and Lamb Boulevard and attempted to buy a shotgun, Lt. McGrath said. The store denied him the gun.

From the Big 5, Briones went to a nearby sushi restaurant at 10:19 a.m. and randomly stabbed the second victim, police said. The victim is in critical condition.

Briones then traveled to the AM/PM on Lamb Boulevard and Bonanza Road around 10:49 a.m. where he fatally stabbed the third victim, according to Lt. McGrath.  Metro said they do not believe the attacks had any connection to terrorism. 

Briones has a domestic violence charge dating back to 2015 in California, Lt. McGrath said. 

Police said Briones was armed with a Rambo-style knife. Anyone with information about this case is urged to call (702) 828-7777. 

Earlier in the day, Desert Pines High School was placed on lockdown because it is near where police are investigating the stabbings.


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