Police identify Las Vegas man arrested in ‘Thunder From Down Under’ fight

Las Vegas police have identified the man they say was roughed up by members of “Thunder From Down Under” after police said he stole some of their costumes and makeup.

Joey Kadmiri, 24, of Las Vegas pulled out a gun after several dancers from the show confronted him when they saw he had their belongings, police said.

Kadmiri was dressed in a SWAT hat and boots and a firefighter shirt and went backstage. Several people noticed him but did not stop him because they thought he was a new performer in the show, according to police.

Two “Thunder” employees began inspecting a bag they said contained show costumes and makeup, and Kadmiri told them he had just bought the items for his girlfriend, police said.

When several members from the show confronted Kadmiri, he told them he had a gun and would shoot, according to the arrest report.

Kadmiri pointed the gun at “Thunder” employee Scott Bertchold’s head and pulled the trigger, but someone pushed his arm as he shot, forcing the bullet to hit the wall, according to police. Nobody was hit by the bullet, but one person got burned by powder after the gun fired.

Several performers then tackled Kadmiri and held him down until security arrived. Police said they believed he was under the influence of methamphetamine when they apprehended him.

He was taken to University Medical Center and was sedated after getting violent with medical personnel, police said.

Kadmiri faces charges of attempted murder with a deadly weapon, attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, and burglary with a deadly weapon.

Contact reporter Steven Slivka at 702-383-0381 or at sslivka@reviewjournal.com. Follow @StevenSlivka on Twitter.


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