Police are looking for two or three men who they believe went on a random stabbing-and-clubbing spree early Thursday, robbing one man in Henderson after attacking others in Las Vegas.
The attacks, which left the victims with minor injuries, began in southeast Las Vegas at 12:40 a.m. in a neighborhood between East Tropicana Avenue and East Hacienda Avenue, west of Boulder Highway and east of U.S. Highway 95.
“They appear to be random events that occurred in a very short period of time in a very defined area, probably less than a mile apart,” Las Vegas police robbery detail Lt. Ron Fox said.
“We believe there’s a very strong possibility they may be tied together,” he said.
Fox said the men approached the victims and assaulted them with a knife, a crowbar or both.
The suspects were described by witnesses as a short, medium-build black man with a round face and possibly two others of medium build and unknown race.
The attacks occurred during a 15-minute span in the 4700 block of Terra Linda Avenue and at Morris Street and Hayward Avenue before the men drove off in a white Chevy S10 pickup to a nearby Henderson neighborhood. That’s where a 32-year-old man was attacked about 1:15 a.m. while walking along Ramrod Avenue near Green Valley Parkway after two men approached him, Henderson police spokesman Keith Paul said.
The victim ran away but the robbers gave chase, beat him with a crowbar and stabbed him before taking his wallet and cellphone, Paul said.
The man was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
“Our main focus is to identify and locate these suspects so we can arrest them,” Fox said.
He said anyone with information should contact Las Vegas or Henderson police. Those with information about the attacks who would like to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.
Recent statistics show that while there have been fewer robberies than a comparative period last year, violent robberies are up in the Las Vegas Valley.
Fox said that means people who choose to go out for walks late at night or in early morning hours should have keen situational awareness and not be distracted by headphones to prevent being a victim of a violent crime.
Review-Journal writer Brian Haynes contributed to this report. Contact reporter Keith Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-383-0308.