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Police search for man in Las Vegas sushi restaurant stabbing

Updated May 5, 2023 - 4:30 pm

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a man suspected of fatally stabbing a co-worker at a Las Vegas sushi restaurant.

Jose Vasquez, 38, was initially ordered to have no contact with the co-worker whose throat he was suspected of slashing, according to court records. Vasquez was released on $20,000 bail after the Feb. 15 attack and ordered to periodically report to authorities.

Taekyeong Lim, 42, of Las Vegas, died at University Medical Center on Feb. 19, according to the Clark County coroner’s office.

Prosecutors upgraded a charge against Vasquez to murder on March 14, but court records indicate Vasquez had not been appearing for court or reporting to authorities.

A warrant was issued for his arrest March 22, and a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 20 did not go forward because Vasquez had not been arrested. The warrant was outstanding as of Friday.

Vasquez is suspected of stabbing his co-worker with a large knife after he was asked to help clean the kitchen at Hokaido Sushi, 6015 S. Fort Apache Road, according to an arrest report from the Metropolitan Police Department.

Lim was initially listed in critical condition after undergoing two hours of surgery. Doctors at University Medical Center told police after the stabbing that the victim had a brain bleed.

Contact Sabrina Schnur at sschnur@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0278. Follow @sabrina_schnur on Twitter.

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