City of Las Vegas close James Gay Park after stabbing

The city of Las Vegas shut down James Gay Park after several vagrants got into a fight that led to the stabbing of a woman Friday night, police said Saturday.

Las Vegas police Lt. Tom Melton, a watch commander, said the city manager invoked an ordinance that allows him to close a park whenever an altercation occurs pending a safety review, Melton said.

“A woman got stabbed in the arm with a piece of bottle but her wounds were superficial,” Melton said.

He said altercations among the homeless are not out of the ordinary at the park, given that it is near the Salvation Army.

It was the second fight among homeless people at the park in the past four months. Details of that case weren’t available.

The park, at Owens Avenue and B Street, will be closed until further notice.

Reporter Tom Ragan contributed to this report. Contact reporter Annalise Porter at aporter@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0264.

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