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Homeless man fatally stabbed north of downtown; man arrested

Updated November 21, 2023 - 11:11 am

A homeless man was fatally stabbed north of downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon.

At around 3:35 p.m., police found a man unresponsive with a pool of blood around him on the sidewalk in the 800 block of Searles Avenue, near Las Vegas Boulevard North and Washington Avenue, according to Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Jason Johansson.

Ian G. Gordon, 42, died of a stab wound to the neck, the Clark County coroner’s office said.

Johanssonsaid it appeared that the victim had been stabbed but that police were not aware of any witnesses who saw what happened, and there were no reports of a fight prior to the man being found.

“I think the complexion of this investigation will change dramatically in the next few hours as we continue to canvass the area and look for video surveillance,” Johansson said.

Late Thursday night, police announced that 30-year-old Lazaro Hernandez had been arrested in connection with the stabbing and faces a charge of open murder. Court records show Hernandez is due in court Friday.

Contact David Wilson at dwilson@reviewjournal.com.

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