Man jailed after false reports of shooter at Las Vegas mall

Updated July 9, 2018 - 11:42 am

A 22-year-old man arrested in connection with false reports of an active shooter at a shopping center Friday night faces an assault charge, records show.

Rayvon Alexander Berton was booked Saturday into the Clark County Detention Center, where he is being held without bail. He faces one count of assault with a deadly weapon and an additional gun charge that carries an allegation of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, jail records show.

The false reports of an active shooter at Town Square Las Vegas, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. South, prompted a heavy police response to the shopping center and confusion among many patrons.

Police said the situation unfolded after witnesses saw two groups of young men and teens enter the Gameworks store to fight. A handgun was pulled out during the fight, but no shots were fired. The weapon was later found on the floor at the scene.

Officers evacuated the surrounding area and advised people to shelter inside neighboring businesses while they conducted interviews and gathered information. Several people were detained at the scene, police said.

Berton’s arrest report had not been released as of Monday morning.

On May 17, the Metropolitan Police Department also responded to an active shooter scare at the Boulevard Mall, near Maryland Parkway and Desert Inn Road, for reports of a masked man armed with a long gun. Police evacuated the mall but later determined that no shots had been fired.

Contact Rio Lacanlale at rlacanlale@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Follow @riolacanlale on Twitter.

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