December 22, 2012 5:34 p.m.
A Bellagio black jack dealer suffered deep cuts to her face after a colleague stabbed her while the two were inside one of the pits at the casino Friday night, officials said Saturday.
It was the second violent incident in a little over a week inside a high-profile casino on the Strip, the other one a murder-suicide at the Excalibur last weekend.
Marcus Martin, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department, said the female victim, whose identity had not been released, was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, where she was being treated for her wounds. He condition wasn’t immediately known.
Brenda J. Stokes, 50, was arrested in connection with the stabbing, and was being held at the Clark County Detention Center on a variety of charges, including burglary, battery with a deadly weapon, battery with use of a deadly weapon-substantial bodily harm, and mayhem.
Witnesses inside the casino reported the fight at 9:47 p.m., Martin said. He said “an edged blade” was confiscated, although he did not know whether it was an actual knife, a pair of box-cutters or a small blade of some sort.
Within minutes of the altercation, the Clark County Fire Department was on scene dressing the wounds of the victim, and Stokes was taken into custody, Martin said.
The black jack pits were back up and running after the scene was “secured and restored,” said Yvette Monet, a spokeswoman for MGM Resorts International, the owner of the Bellagio.
“I gotta say, if you look at the people we serve, the tourists and the locals, events like these do happen on the streets in Las Vegas. But this latest sort of stuff? Inside casinos? Just off the Strip? This is rare,” Martin said.
On Dec. 14, Edward Brandt, 30, of Lake Forest, Ill. fatally shot Jessica Kenny, of Grayslake, Ill., inside the lobby of the Excalibur at 8:30 p.m., where Kenny was working as a concierge.
Brandt then killed himself in what was described by Las Vegas police as a relatively crowded lobby. Investigators believe that Brandt at some point had a relationship with Kenny.
In Friday night’s stabbing, said they didn’t not know why Stokes went after the victim with a blade, cutting her in the face. But the fight is under investigation.
Martin did not know which woman was working and which one wasn’t, or whether they both were working at the time of the fight.
Monet said the altercation occurred inside Black Jack Pit No. 2, which is in the rear of the casino. She said security had the place under control and restored within minutes of the altercation.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
Brenda J. Stokes
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