Las Vegas stabbing suspect reveals motive, tells cops he felt showgirl impersonators were laughing at him

The man charged in a shocking Las Vegas Strip stabbing spree that left two dead and six others wounded, told police that he went berserk because he believed that a group of showgirl impersonators who he approached to have a picture taken with were laughing at him.

According to the arrest report from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for Yoni Barrios who is reportedly an illegal alien, the 32-year-old Guatemalan has arrived in Sin City from California two days prior to his bloody rampage, intending to move in with a friend but his plans fell through when the friend reportedly told him that he couldn’t stay at the house.

“Barrios packed his belongings and took a bus to the Las Vegas Strip, arriving in the area at approximately 8 a.m. Thursday,” Fox 5 Las Vegas reported, citing the police document. “Barrios told authorities that while on the bus ride to the Strip, other passengers were making fun of him and he ‘wasn’t treated like a human being;” and that he went to the mall where he asked “chauffeurs” to give him a ride to California before walking to the Wynn Las Vegas resort and casino.

After asking the janitor about job opportunities, “Barrios reportedly asked the janitor to contact ICE for him so he could return home to Guatemala,” according to Fox 5, again citing the report. “Barrios then contacted a security guard at the Wynn and told him he was trying to sell his knives so he could get money to go back home. The security guard, according to the arrest report, ‘told Barrios to jump in front of a train.'”

The alleged stabber then left the Wynn, encountering the four showgirl impersonators who he told he was a chef, asking to take a picture with him holding a knife which made one of the girls uncomfortable enough to back away before Barrios charged her as she tried to escape.

According to the outlet, “‘The report says she “felt pressure to her back and fell to the ground.’ The girl says she then saw Barrios charging towards Maris Digiovanni, one of two victims who died in the incident,” she was able to get to her feet and ran into the hotel where she stayed until help arrived and she was taken to the hospital.

(Video: YouTube/Fox 5 Las Vegas)

The arrest report says that the suspect told police that he “thought the women were laughing at him and making fun of his clothing.” He told officers that he “became angry and stabbed one of the women in the chest after which he began stabbing the other women in the group as they ran away.”

Barrios then began running and looking for groups of potential victims so he could “let the anger out,” telling the cops that he didn’t say anything to the victims when he stabbed them, one of whom, 47-year-old Brent Allan Hallet died after being stabbed in the back by the suspect who a “couple of feet later” stabbed two additional victims who were walking with their mother.

One of the survivors of the vicious rampage recalled the terrifying incident, speaking from her hospital bed.

(Video: YouTube/Good Morning America)

Even though Barrios is now behind bars, some Vegas showgirls were deeply traumatized by the stabbings and fear going to work, the New York Post caught up with a few of them.

“We’re all really distraught — it happened on one of the safer locations on the Strip and at 11 o’clock in the morning,” 27-year-old showgirl Mikayla Yegge told the outlet.

“We don’t feel safe being out there,” she said. “We don’t know what we’re going to do next or how we are going to continue to make money.”

“I think that no matter how much we do and when we look after each other, it’s not going to be until we get the help in the community for us to be able to step back into our power and not be afraid like every single girl in this community right now,” 25-year-old Julie Salazar told the New York Post.

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