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Suspect in Las Vegas casino manager’s death arrested in Desert Hot Springs

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A suspect in the death of a Las Vegas casino manager who was trying to stop a purse snatching was arrested earlier this week in Desert Hot Springs

The man, identified as a 28-year-old from Las Vegas, was arrested last Monday in Desert Hot Springs by a Los Angeles police fugitive apprehension team, Las Vegas police Officer Larry Hadfield announced on Wednesday.

Police allege that on May 11, the suspect drove a stolen black Mercedes SUV that backed up and ran over 60-year-old Alicia Gibellina, killing her, after she went outside a Dotty’s slot machine parlor to confront him about a purse stolen from a video gambling machine patron.

The suspect faces murder, robbery, battery, and conspiracy charges, Las Vegas court records show.

Records also show that the man is being held without bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside pending a May 31 court hearing and his transfer in custody to Las Vegas to face criminal charges.

The man was convicted several times since 2015 of felony charges including auto theft, robbery and theft. He was sentenced at least twice to serve time in Nevada state prison, according to court records.

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*Correction: An earlier version of this article listed the suspect as a Desert Hot Springs resident. He is a Las Vegas resident who was arrested in Desert Hot Springs. The article has been corrected to reflect this.

Jesus Reyes

Associated Press

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