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Las Vegas Strip stabbing spree suspect headed to psychiatric hospital

Dec. 2, 2022 Updated Fri., Dec. 2, 2022 at 9:31 p.m.

Yoni Barrios appears in court during a status check on the filing of a criminal complaint at the Regional Justice Center, on Oct. 11, 2022, in Las Vegas. Barrios was arrested after allegedly stabbing eight people, two fatally, with a kitchen knife on the Las Vegas Strip on Oct. 6. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal/TNS)  (Las Vegas Review-Journal/TNS)
Yoni Barrios appears in court during a status check on the filing of a criminal complaint at the Regional Justice Center, on Oct. 11, 2022, in Las Vegas. Barrios was arrested after allegedly stabbing eight people, two fatally, with a kitchen knife on the Las Vegas Strip on Oct. 6. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal/TNS) (Las Vegas Review-Journal/TNS)
By Katelyn Newberg Las Vegas Review-Journal

LAS VEGAS – A man accused of stabbing eight people on the Las Vegas Strip, killing two, was found incompetent to face charges during a court hearing Friday.

District Judge Christy Craig said two state psychiatrists found that 32-year-old Yoni Barrios was unable to understand court proceedings or stand trial. He was ordered to be sent to a state psychiatric hospital until he is deemed competent to face charges in connection with the Oct. 6 attack outside Wynn Las Vegas.

Barrios did not appear in court on Friday because, the judge said, he refused to be transported from the Clark County Detention Center.

He is accused of stabbing multiple people, including several women posing as showgirls. He told police that he wanted to “let the anger” out because he felt that people were laughing at him for wanting to take pictures with the women, according to his arrest report.

Spokane native and showgirl impersonator Maris DiGiovanni, 30, of Las Vegas and Brent Hallett, 47, of Alberta, Canada, died from their stab wounds.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has stated that Barrios is a Guatemalan citizen who entered the U.S. without going through a border inspection point.

Barrios has been charged with two counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder in connection with the attack. Following an October court hearing, public defender Scott Coffee said Barrios had a history of contact with mental health care providers and being prescribed psychiatric medication.

The defendant remained in custody on Friday without bail.

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