Man arrested for homeless man's death on Las Vegas Strip

A man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the death of a homeless man on the Strip in September.

Joseph Gilbert Hyde, 54, got into a deadly fight with Michael Burtosky, 54, on the bridge connecting the MGM Grand and New York-New York on Sept. 14, according to police.

Witnesses said Burtosky appeared to be intoxicated when he got into a verbal dispute with Hyde who then punched Burtosky in the head and shoved him to the ground.

As Burtosky stumbled back, he hit his head on either an escalator or the concrete, according to police. He died from blunt force trauma to the head three days later.

Hyde left Las Vegas a few days after Burtosky’s death for Flagstaff, Ariz., police said.

One witness to a previous dispute between the two men said Hyde told her he would “Throw (Burtosky) off the bridge and toss him down the escalator” if he didn’t leave him and his girlfriend alone.

Hyde has been charged with one count of murder.

Contact reporter Steven Slivka at sslivka@reviewjournal.com. Follow @StevenSlivka on Twitter.


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