LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) –
A man is under arrest after an altercation led to a homicide Monday night at the South Point Casino.
Matejs Balodis, 22, of Latvia was arrested and booked into the Clark County Detention Center on the charge of open murder.
According to a Metro news release, officers responded just after 6:20 p.m. to the 9700 block of Las Vegas Boulevard South to investigate reports of an altercation inside a hotel room.
Arriving officers met with hotel security personnel who had taken Balodis into custody. While this was occurring, other officers responded to the hotel room where they located a second male who was unconscious and unresponsive.
Officers immediately initiated life-saving measures and provided emergency first aid until medical personnel arrived. This subject was transported by medical personnel to Saint Rose Siena Hospital, where he later was pronounced deceased.
According to the police report, Balodis had been studying in Texas and was making his way back to Europe when he stopped in Las Vegas. During his layover, he befriended a man, who Balodis said appeared nice and helped him get a room at South Point after his flight to New York was canceled.
Balodis, according to police, said the man wanted to get his money and credit card PIN. He said that he was scared for his safety because the man became upset when he tried to retrieve his personal information.
They became involved in a physical altercation, and Balodis, according to the report, struck the victim several times in the head and face. When the victim “passed out,” Balodis called hotel security and 9-1-1.
The identity of the deceased, and the exact cause and manner of death, will be released by the Clark County coroner’s office. This is the 102nd homicide to occur within Metro’s jurisdiction this year, and the investigation into this crime remains ongoing.
Anyone with any information concerning this incident is urged to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section at (702) 828-3521 or Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or at www.crimestoppersofnv.com