Arrest made in stabbing deaths of 2 individuals at Strip hotel

Thursday, June 7, 2018|1:20 p.m.

Julius Trotter

Julius Trotter was taken into custody after an automobile chase in the Los Angeles area by a task force of Southern Nevada law enforcement officers and FBI agents, cops said.

Further information on the arrest or how Trotter was identified were not instantly provided.

Trotter, 31, was recognized Wednesday as the suspect in the Circus killings, authorities stated. The task force worked through the night to locate him, cops said.

A warrant for his arrest was issued on 2 counts each of murder and break-in with a lethal weapon, and one count of robbery with a fatal weapon, Las Vegas Justice Court logs reveal.

Police declare Trotter cased rooms at the hotel early Friday until he stumbled upon a space on the 21st floor where he fatally stabbed Sang Kid Nghia, 38, a trip operator from Vietnam, and an unidentified Vietnamese co-worker of the business.

“It is possible the suspect just opened the door,” Metro Lt. Ray Spencer stated Wednesday.

He raided the space, taking a backpack that came from among the victims, authorities stated. He was recorded on security video in an elevator, delicately playing with his mobile phone, authorities said.

The victims were with a tour group from California and failed to show up for a prepared journey to the Grand Canyon, cops said. Their bodies were discovered by hotel security.

“These two people did not deserve exactly what occurred to them, and we wish to see justice served on a really hazardous male and see him behind bars,” Spencer stated.

In Clark County, Trotter formerly faced charges of resisting arrest with a fatal weapon and reckless driving from a January 2017 event, court logs reveal.

Trotter was sentenced to 19 months to 4 years in a Nevada prison and five years of probation, however the sentence was suspended, logs reveal. In May, a bench warrant for his arrest was provided for violating probation, logs show.

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