Double Stabbing at Nevada’s Nugget Casino Leads to Critical Injuries, Police Reveal

Posted on: February 21, 2021, 08:16h. 

Last updated on: February 23, 2021, 01:59h.

Two men were hospitalized in critical condition Sunday after getting stabbed several times in a parking garage at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nev., according to local police.

Nugget Casino Resort Stabbing
Sparks, Nev. police cruiser shown here. Sparks police are investigating a double stabbing at a Nugget Casino Resort parking garage. Two victims were in critical condition on Sunday. (Image: KRNV)

Sitani Malufu and Angel Reygadas were transported for emergency treatment to Renown Medical Center following the early morning garage struggle, police said. Several suspects took part in the fight when the stabbings occurred, police added.

Sparks police were notified about the incident at 2:14 am Sunday. Police labeled it as attempted murder.

Police said it was unknown if the victims knew each other. It also was unclear if police know the identity of the suspects. Police likely searched the crime scene for physical evidence and possible witnesses.

The casino is about four miles east of Reno. Several gaming properties are located in Sparks.

Parking Garages at Risk for Violence

Last year, reported that casino parking lots and garages across the US often were the sites of violent crime.

For instance, two bandits attacked an elderly man on Christmas Day in a Las Vegas gaming property parking garage before stealing his wallet. The victim of the assault at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall was believed to be in his 90s, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The two robbers were described as being in their 20s. They were last seen running away from the garage, located off Boulder Highway.

In October, Palm Springs, Calif. police officers shot two robbery suspects as they tried to speed away from a parking garage at Agua Caliente Casino. One had just allegedly robbed a woman at gunpoint.

Casino Shootings

The October incident followed a September shooting at a parking garage at the same gaming property. The earlier violent attack at the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians’-owned casino was investigated as an attempted homicide.

Last August, a fatal shooting took place at an Emerald Queen Casino garage in Tacoma, Wash. In July, another fatal shooting occurred at Winner’s Way parking garage in Florida’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood.

“It is not surprising these crimes take place in parking garages,” said Brad Bonnell, a principal of the Hotel Security Group, to in September. Given their “isolation,” they provide criminals “anonymity,” he explained.