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Man arrested in backstage brawl with male strippers appears in court

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Joey Kadmiri, who is accused of trying to steal costumes from Thunder Down Under and then pulling a gun on the male revue’s performers, consults with his lawyer Carl Arnold on Monday, March 24, 2014. Kadmiri was waiting to be arraigned in Las Vegas Township Justice Court at the Clark County Regional Justice Center.

Updated Monday, March 24, 2014 | 9:30 a.m.

Joey Kadmiri Court Hearing

Joey Kadmiri, who is accused of trying to steal costumes from Thunder Down Under and then pulling a gun on the male revue's performers, shares a fist bump with another detainee after his arraignment at the Clark County Regional Justice Center on Monday, March 24, 2014. Launch slideshow »

A man arrested after a backstage brawl with members of the Thunder From Down Under all-male revue appeared today in court, where a judge set a preliminary hearing for April 7.

Joey Kadmiri, 24, is accused of sneaking backstage at the Excalibur on Tuesday and pulling a gun on a group of the buffed-up dancers, according to Metro Police.

The performers confronted Kadmiri when they noticed him trying to steal some of the show’s props and costumes, according to the report. A fight ensued, and Kadmiri put a gun to a performer’s head, police said. One of the men pushed the gun away just as Kadmiri allegedly went to pull the trigger, and a round fired into a wall, according to the arrest report.

Kadmiri is charged with attempted murder with use of a deadly weapon, burglary while in possession of a firearm, six counts of robbery with use of a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed firearm or other deadly weapon, and discharge of a firearm within a structure.

Kadmiri said during a jailhouse interview Friday that he was afraid for his life and high on methamphetamine the night of the alleged incident. He says he self-medicates his mental illness, which has never been diagnosed.

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