Las Vegas stabbing suspect identified, allegedly in the country illegally and has criminal history

After a brutal stabbing attack in Las Vegas took the lives of two and injured six more, the alleged suspect has been identified and his background showed the ongoing devastation that progressive politics have wrought.

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Thursday before noon near the Wynn Las Vegas hotel, a man said to be 32-year-old Yoni Barrios had approached a group of showgirls seeking to take a photo with them. The situation deteriorated quickly when the suspect, who allegedly told the women he was a chef, pulled a knife out and began stabbing them as the showgirls struggled to react.

Not only did Barrios already have a criminal record in California, but according to Fox News, the alleged suspect also happened to be a Guatemalan national who entered the United States illegally.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department had issued a release on the stabbing that explained one of the victims was pronounced dead on the scene and the second died after being transported to University Medical Center. Three other victims were reportedly in critical condition while the remaining three were stable.

The deceased, Brent Allan Hallett, 47, and showgirl Maris Mareen DiGiovanni, 30, were both residents of Las Vegas. Another victim, 26-year-old showgirl Anna Westby, spoke with the New York Post about the attack and her colleague’s murder.

“He pulled up a knife and he showed it to us as if modeling it,” she explained as the suspect supposedly wanted a photo for his logo. “All four of us looked at each other and were trying to make a decision…This is too weird. Do we agree with this? Before we could say anything at all [he] grabbed the knife and he stabbed Maris in the heart.”

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“Maris made it only about 15 feet before she collapsed,” Westby recounted as the suspect allegedly stabbed Victoria, another of the group, before turning back to DiGiovanni and her. “And he came after me and stabbed me in the back, and he ran off.”

“I went over to Maris and I turned her over. I told this guy to give me his shirt and I grabbed it from him and I started applying pressure to her wound,” she explained before, “another guy said, ‘Ma’am, you have a stab wound on your back.’ I said, ‘I know. Can you grab your shirt and apply it to my back while I apply this to her?'”

Maris DiGiovanni: Facebook

Westby had suffered a collapsed lung and her twin brother Drew reported to the Post, “She’s doing as well as she can. She just got out of surgery and is on some pain medication. Thankfully she has a lot of people who love her. She’s alive and that’s the most important thing.”

Meanwhile, DiGiovanni’s brother told Fox News, “Maris always saw the best in people, always gave them a chance, and always accepted people for who they were. Her huge capacity for love led her to have lasting friendships from all over the world. She was a beautiful spirit and soul, and we will miss her for the rest of our lives.”

Barrios appeared in court Friday and will return on Oct. 11 after being booked at Clark County Detention Center on “two counts of open murder with a deadly weapon and six counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon,” according to the LVMPD.

Deputy Chief James LaRochelle said, “This was an isolated incident. All evidence indicates Barrios acted alone and there are no outstanding suspects at this time.”


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