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October 25, 2014

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Two suspects jailed in weekend elevator attack at Strip hotel

Map of The Hotel at Mandalay Bay

The Hotel at Mandalay Bay

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An argument that erupted early Saturday morning in a Las Vegas Strip hotel elevator led to a stabbing and landed two men in jail, according to arrest reports released Tuesday.

The suspects — Trent Wilcox, 25, and Carlos Heredia, 23 — were arrested in connection with attempted murder, police said. They remain in custody in the Clark County Detention Center without bail, according to jail records.

The incident happened about 2 a.m. Saturday inside an elevator at The Hotel, a Mandalay Bay property.

The Metro Police arrest reports allege the following events:

A husband and wife were in an elevator, attempting to head back to their room, when Wilcox and Heredia entered, acting extremely drunk.

The wife said the suspects were trying to intimidate them, leading both parties to exchange words. When the elevator stopped on the 31st floor, Wilcox and Heredia stepped out momentarily, but the argument continued.

At that point, Heredia blocked the elevator door with his foot and grabbed what appeared to be a knife from his pocket while Wilcox re-entered.

The suspects told the couple they intended to follow them to their floor. The wife told them to leave and tried to push them, but Wilcox grabbed her husband in a chokehold and shoved him to the ground.

Heredia then repeatedly struck the husband with the knife and, in the process, accidentally struck Wilcox, as well.

Security officers arrived soon after and took Heredia and Wilcox into custody.

The male victim had suffered at least 10 puncture wounds, but he is expected to survive.

Medical personnel also transported Wilcox to University Medical Center, where he had to be restrained and sedated after kicking nurses.

Police received video surveillance from the hotel, which seemed to corroborate the wife’s version of events, the report states.

Wilcox is a Las Vegas resident, but the arrest report lists Heredia’s address as unknown.

MGM Resorts International, owner of Mandalay Bay, issued a statement Tuesday afternoon addressing the elevator attack.

"The safety and security of our guests and employees is always a top concern at our resorts," MGM spokeswoman Yvette Monet wrote in a release. "Our security officers were already in the area and were on scene very quickly to assist and hold the suspects until police arrived. We continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement."

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  1. I haven't been to Las Vegas in over a month so I might be out of touch here-but did Mandalay Bay move? According to the map on this page it shows the location at Flamingo and the Strip. In any event, this is why drinks and knives don't mix! So the guy who might be drunk held down the victim while his other might be drunk buddy stabbed both of them. Idiots! I hope the attacked couple has a good lawyer!

  2. Another reason to make it more difficult for honest, law-abiding citizens to buy a knife by having to submit to background checks, register ownership of the knife with the Police Department and apply for a "permit" to carry one. They are dangerous and this one anecdotal incident proves it absolutely. Yeah, sure.