Updated August 6, 2020 - 10:33 am
A homeless man has been charged with attempted murder in the stabbing of another transient who said he was attacked because he didn’t have a smoking pipe.
Roger Walsh, 46, was arrested July 30 in the attack that happened 10 days earlier in a desert lot near Twain Avenue and Durango Drive in the west Las Vegas Valley. The victim said he was camping in the lot when a man approached him and asked if he wanted a drink. The victim said no, then the man asked if he had a smoking pipe. The victim again said no and was attacked.
The assailant grabbed a pocket knife from the victim and stabbed him repeatedly and struck him in the face with a rock, leaving him in critical condition. The victim, police said, was able to pick Walsh out of a photo lineup.
Walsh denied involvement when questioned by police. He is charged with attempted murder with use of a deadly weapon. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 17 in Las Vegas Justice Court.