PD: One-punch killing suspect swung initially, ran to prevent arrest


A pal of a male accused of causing the punch that eliminated a dad of five in downtown Las Vegas informed cops the suspect was intoxicated at the time and struck the victim just as they were leaving a bar.

In an arrest report for James Beach, authorities stated anonymous suggestions from the public days after the April 30 occurrence on East Fremont Street led detectives to determine Beach as the suspect.

Las Vegas City authorities distributed video of two individuals who were seen running from the area shortly after the punch that knocked out Luis Campos. Tips from people who saw Beach minutes earlier from the incident verified his identity through the clothes he wore that night.

According to the report, Campos’ brother, Drake Garibay, stated he and Campos remained in line to get into the Lead Lounge beside the Treatment Gastropub when a man approached them. Garibay stated the individual saying, “Is there an issue? Why are you mad dogging me?”

Cops stated a person who was with the guy tried to hold him back. Words were exchanged in between the assailant and Campos when an unexpected punch struck the victim in the face, triggering him to pass out and fall. The report mentioned Campos struck the sidewalk as he fell. Police stated the suspect and the other individual ran east on Fremont then north on Sixth Street.

Campos was admitted to University Medical Center with a substantial brain injury and a lung contusion, police said. Campos succumbed to his injuries on May 4. Cops specified the coroner’s judgment on his death as blunt force to the head with the way of death being a murder.

After getting suggestions from the general public, authorities located Beach on Sunday and interviewed him, his girlfriend, and his pal. The sweetheart, who was with Beach the night of the punch, told authorities he saw her boyfriend in a battle with another person who fell. After the incident, she left Beach while he and his pal, Javier Gaona, “strolled off.” She stated she had not spoken to Beach for a week after the incident.

In the report, Gaona told police his group left Vanguard, mentioning the night was over due to Beach being so drunk. He observed Beach punch a guy who was standing in line outside the club about 3 seconds after leaving.

For his part, Beach, who spoke to detectives with his attorney present, informed investigators about being in a verbal exchange with a male who strolled to him. Beach mentioned that he swung first and hit the other man on the left side of his face. He likewise stated he left the area due to the fact that “he didn’t want the occurrence to intensify nor did he wish to be arrested.”

Police stated Beach planned to turn himself in after finding out about Campos’ death.

Beach was jailed and reserved into Clark County Detention Center on a count of open murder.

On Wednesday, Beach made his very first court appearance. A judge set a bail hearing for Beach on Friday.

Beach, who likewise passes James Michael Garcia, was formerly convicted of an tried murder in 2009. His lawyer firmly insisted the case almost a decade ago is entirely various to the murder that he is accused of.

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