Woman arrested for deadly stabbing of boyfriend early Tuesday morning

LAS VEGAS - Metro Police have arrested a 30-year-old female for an overnight deadly stabbing Tuesday morning at a home in the 3600 block of Diamond Head Drive near E. Bonanza and N. Pecos roads.

Police arrested Melissa Barnes for stabbing her male companion around 3:46 a.m. Barnes had taken some prescription pills and was attempting to injure or kill herself with a knife when her boyfriend tried to intervene. He was stabbed in the chest and back area.

Investigators responded to the residence and found a man suffering from multiple apparent stab wounds, and Barnes, who had sustained some minor cuts to her wrist and throat. The male victim was transported to University Medical Center Trauma where he later died of his injuries.

Police later discovered the Barnes had ingested a large amount of medication and was transported to the UMC Emergency Room for treatment.  

Barnes and the male victim were in a dating relationship and rented a room at the residence. The home owners also lived in the house and heard an argument between Barnes and the victim.

Police arrested Barnes for one count of murder with a deadly weapon due to the incident and investigation, according to police.

The identity of the victim, as well as the cause and manner of death, will be released by the Clark County Coroner’s Office.


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