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Police: Woman said she would have killed Bellagio co-worker

Updated Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 | 12:31 p.m.

Brenda Jean Stokes

Brenda Jean Stokes

A Bellagio employee accused of slicing a co-worker’s face with razor blades last week said she would have killed her if a patron hadn’t taken her to the ground, according to a Metro Police report.

“Hell yeah,” Brenda Stokes, 50, Las Vegas, told police according to her arrest report released today by the Clark County District Attorney’s Office. “I would have whooped that ass. I would have killed her.”

Stokes, also known as Brenda Wilson, approached the co-worker, Joyce Rhone, who was dealing blackjack, about 9:30 p.m. Friday, police said. With a razor blade in each hand, Stokes sliced a deep cut on the right side of Rhone’s face and three or four smaller cuts around her right eye, the report said.

A casino patron intervened and held down Stokes until security arrived. Security, which caught the attack on video, detained Stokes until police arrived around 11 p.m. Rhone was transported to Sunrise Hospital.

Authorities said they found three more razor blades in Stokes' purse.

The suspect told police she and Rhone had been friends and co-workers since 2005, but that she recently had been receiving harassing phone calls from Rhone.

Stokes, who reported that she periodically takes Xanax for anxiety, told police she had gone to her doctor earlier in the week and said she felt like she needed to be admitted to the hospital because she might hurt someone, the report said.

Prosecutors today charged Stokes with burglary, battery with a deadly weapon and mayhem with a deadly weapon. She remained in the Clark County Detention Center with bail set at $60,000.

Jade Morris, a 10-year-old girl who went missing Friday, was last seen in the custody of Stokes, Metro Police Officer Laura Meltzer said. The relationship between the two is unknown.

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  1. ...and this is the psycho that took the missing 10-year old girl?


  2. Xanax....sorry, not buying that Xanax causing people to be nuts. How about this story mentioning the missing ten year old in connection to this box of fruit loops?

  3. AshleyAshley,

    Here is a list of side effects associated with Xanax (from WebMD):

    I would find it entirely plausible Stokes' behavior being related to the drug, especially if she had stopped taking it very recently.

  4. And, why, exactly, is this woman not charged with attempted murder? She admits to it, if the statements are to be taken at face value.

    The warnings for the drug Xanax say "Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens."

    Looks like she did talk to her doctor, but she said she "periodically takes Xanax" (as in she evidently self medicates). This drug is not intended to be a pop-it-and-fix-it drug for anxiety attacks. It has to be taken over time, then adjusted with regular blood tests and doctor supervision (my first wife took this drug).

    I doubt she'll get off the hook by blaming the medication.

  5. This woman is obviously utsinay ookookay, but not legally. The law has to be much tougher with the likes of her. She needs to go away for about 40 years. Hopefully by then, she'll have such bad arthritis in her wrists she won't be able to wield a knife or box cutter.