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Police: Remark about girl led to fatal stabbing on Las Vegas Strip walkway

Updated Tuesday, June 28, 2011 | 3:05 p.m.

Stabbing on the Strip

KSNV coverage of vigil held on Strip for stabbing victim, June 28, 2011.

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Victor M. Quijano

The fatal fight early Saturday morning on the Las Vegas Strip apparently began with an offensive remark about a girl.

Two groups quarreled, separated and then ran into each other again on a pedestrian walkway. That’s when a second fight broke out, resulting in a fatal stabbing, according to an arrest report released Tuesday.

Andres Armando Elena, 21, of Las Vegas, died from a stab wound to the chest, Clark County's coroner said. His death was ruled a homicide.

Metro Police arrested 25-year-old Victor Quijano in connection with Elena's death. Quijano, also of Las Vegas, has been charged with murder with a deadly weapon, attempted murder with a deadly weapon and possession of a dangerous weapon.

The incident allegedly began when Quijano and his friends had a run-in with another group of people at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.

A man, later identified as Steven Velasquez, allegedly said something about a female in Quijano's group, prompting a fight in the mall area, according to the arrest report. Security diffused the fight by ordering Velasquez's group to leave.

Later that morning, however, Quijano and his friends encountered Velasquez's group on the walkway between MGM Grand and New York-New York, the report alleges.

Another fight ensued. Quijano told detectives he pulled out his black stiletto knife after Velasquez allegedly hit his friend with a glass bottle, according to the arrest report.

Quijano allegedly said he stabbed Velasquez in self defense and another man who was in front of him, police noted in the report. Quijano told detectives he did not see a weapon on the second man, who police believe to be Elena.

"Quijano said he stabbed Elena to get him back," police wrote in the report.

Detectives found a black stiletto knife in the bushes near New York-New York, about 20 to 30 yards from where police apprehended Quijano and his friend, Angel Magana.

Witnesses identified Quijano as the suspect seen with the knife during the fight, who was wearing an Oakland Raiders football jersey. Police said Quijano was carrying an Oakland Raiders jersey when stopped by officers.

Elena and Velasquez were transported to University Medical Center's trauma unit, where Elena died. Velasquez's injuries were not considered life-threatening, police said.

Quijano is being held in the Clark County Detention Center without bail, according to jail records. His first court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.

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  1. Don't worry, unlv702, this guy will make many new friends in prison if convicted. His willingness to stand up like this will make him popular indeed with those who want things taken care of.

  2. This article refers to a female person as a girl: "...remark about a girl." However, the combatant is accorded respect by referring to him as a man: "A man, later identified as Steven Velasquez." Does the Sun have a style book to guide reporters in the proper way to refer to females 18 and older? The correct word is "woman." Just because trucks drive billboards around advertising "Girls to your room" doesn't mean this newspaper has to use the same demeaning term for adult females.

  3. I'm not defending this guy, he deserves whatever the jury gives him but it brings to mind a serious question for the thousands of men (and women) who carry a knife on their person, in a purse, fanny pack or other way.

    The article reports charges of using a deadly weapon, possession of a deadly weapon and referenced a stiletto. Stiletto is not referenced in the Nevada code and the length of the blade wasn't mentioned, not the method of deploying the blade such as in the definition of a 'switch blade'.

    Just out of curiosity I am interested to know if it was the use of the knife, the style of the knife or the length of the blade or a combination of them that enables a deadly weapon classification in this case?

    I routinely carry two or three knives, one an inch and a half blade in a neck chain sheath concealed under my shirt as a last resort up close and personal defense weapon, another a small conventional Buck folding knife with a 1 3/4' inch blade as a utility knife and sometimes a folding pocket knife/emergency egress tool with a 3 1/4" tanto blade, a seat belt cutter and a glass breaker as a means of getting myself or others out of a car in an emergency or as a defensive fighting tool should the need arise. I couldn't find anything in the statutes I read that would make any of these illegal to carry partially or wholly concealed other than the clause about brandishing in a manner not consistent with self defense.

    NRS 202.320 Drawing deadly weapon in threatening manner.

    1. Unless a greater penalty is provided in NRS 202.287, a person having, carrying or procuring from another person any dirk, dirk-knife, sword, sword cane, pistol, gun or other deadly weapon, who, in the presence of two or more persons, draws or exhibits any of such deadly weapons in a rude, angry or threatening manner not in necessary self-defense, or who in any manner unlawfully uses that weapon in any fight or quarrel, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

    After reading this and other sections it seems as if the act of threatening someone not in self defense is the deciding factor, but it leaves me wondering if I am breaking the law in any way even though I asked the PD specifically about the knives when I registered my handguns and obtained my CCW permit and was told no. If stopped by a law enforcement officer and not charged with any other offense, I wonder what would be said about them. Most states use language that specifies the blade length and some address carrying in a pouch outside any garments so it can be seen vice concealed as most pocket knives are carried.

    Anyone got a clue?

  4. This is the best answer I have found.

    http://www.shouselaw.com/nevada/assault-...

    It seems in Nevada a deadly weapon is anything used to assault or batter another when not used in self defense. It could be your school books if the prosecutor proves intent to harm beyond a doubt.

    Intent is the key here and that depends on clear witness or the luck of the juries decision.

  5. Like unlv 702 says, walk away! Get out of the situation. The suspect said he stabbed the guy because he got punched. You couldn't hit back without pulling the knive? Even if the other guy beat you up, at least you could say you fought back. You would not be in jail. Ya, you won, you stabbed a guy that punched you. Now your going to get rewarded with prison.

    All these life's ruined over B.S. This is just stupidity.

  6. <<This article refers to a female person as a girl: "...remark about a girl." However, the combatant is accorded respect by referring to him as a man: "A man, later identified as Steven Velasquez." Does the Sun have a style book to guide reporters in the proper way to refer to females 18 and older? The correct word is "woman." Just because trucks drive billboards around advertising "Girls to your room" doesn't mean this newspaper has to use the same demeaning term for adult females.>>

    Sheesh! You have way too much time on your hands, Nancy. When you're 50, you're going to hope someone refers to you as "girl"!!!

  7. Dale,
    My guess would be that the length or tyoe of knife used will be largely insignificant in the proceedings (trial) to follow. The fact that it was used to murder someone will be the deciding factor.