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Man arrested in 1-punch death outside downtown Las Vegas bar

Updated May 8, 2017 - 2:23 am

Las Vegas police arrested a man accused of killing a father of five with one punch on Fremont Street last week.

James Beach, 27, was arrested on a charge of open murder without incident on Sunday, according to police. Beach is accused of punching Luis Campos, 45, outside of Vanguard Lounge, 516 Fremont St., on April 30.

Beach is being held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center.

Campos, of La Puente, California, was visiting with his younger brother to celebrate another brother’s bachelor party. He was supposed to be the best man in his brother’s upcoming wedding.

Witnesses said the attack was unprovoked. Campos’ brother, Drake Garibay, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal the pair were waiting in line to enter Vanguard when Beach approached with another man.

“The taller guy walked right up to my brother’s face and said something like, ‘What are you looking at?’” Garibay said last week. “And he just struck my brother once. The whole thing was like, three, four seconds long.”

Campos collapsed, unconscious. Four days later, he was pronounced dead at University Medical Center.

After the punch, Beach and the other man fled the scene. The Metropolitan Police Department detained the other man but released him after questioning.

Reached Sunday night, Garibay said he didn’t expect a suspect would be arrested so soon, but he’s relieved to know he’s in custody.

“I feel good,” he said, “It feels better than I thought.”

Campos will be buried by his family in a few days. Garibay said he and his family are “hanging in there.”

“We got a big win today,” Garibay said. “It doesn’t bring my brother back, but it’s good to know they got him.”

Video of Suspects

Watch video of the suspects in downtown Las Vegas:

Contact Max Michor at mmichor@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Follow @MaxMichor on Twitter.

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