The rampage occurred on the Las Vegas strip Thursday morning after 32-year-old Yoni Barrios, a Guatemalan national who entered the US illegally, allegedly took to the streets and began indiscriminately stabbing those around him, reported Fox News.
Witnesses say Barrios snapped after showgirls turned down his request for pictures. He previously racked up a criminal record while spending three years in California, a state known for its leniency towards illegal immigrants.
Security guards apprehended Barrios while he was running along the street on the Strip, followed by Metropolitan Police shortly after.
He is scheduled to appear in court next week. So far, he faces two counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder. According to Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson, it’s possible that Barrios could face the death penalty.
“We are going to give it serious consideration. But it’s so early on,” Wolfson said during a press conference.
Shortly before his rampage, Barrios stopped by a local hotel looking for work.
Barrios’s rampage comes amid a wave of crime from illegal immigrants that has overwhelmed the US Border Patrol. Officials have expressed grave concern over the lack of vetting among those who cross the border illegally.
FBI Director Christopher Wray has said the border presents the nation with some “significant security issues.” Biden’s Homeland Security is forcing House Republicans to sign privacy wavers before disclosing information about illegal immigration.
“It is unconscionable that DHS would implement or maintain any policy or practice to directly or indirectly inhibit Congress’s ability to conduct timely, highly relevant oversight that may require legislative action,” Reps. John Katko, R-N.Y., August Pfluger, R-Texas, and Mayra Flores, R-Texas, wrote in a letter to the DHS.
“There are clear homeland security implications when non-U.S. citizens enter our country illegally and plot violent crime or terrorist activities against Americans.
“We have serious concerns surrounding how these individuals entered into the United States, as well as how long they were permitted to reside in the country while planning their attacks.”