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Man charged in Las Vegas for stabbing near UNLV

A man charged with murder has admitted stabbing a man near UNLV and said the victim “deserved it”, according to a Metropolitan Police Department arrest report released on Monday.

Emmanuel Beccles, 31, told a security guard who detained him after Thursday’s attack that Jeff Durroh “upset me on the bus”, police said.

Beccles is being held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center for murder, records show.

Beccles appeared in court Tuesday morning where Justice of the Peace Karen Bennett-Haron assigned him a public defender, according to Las Vegas court records.

Durroh, 57, died at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center from multiple stab wounds, the Clark County Coroner’s Office said. He was unarmed, police said.

Durroh and Beccles were riding on an RTC bus when they “got into trouble”, according to police.

They both got off the bus near University Road and South Maryland Parkway and continued the feud.

A witness told detectives the stabbings took place during a struggle in which Durroh was trying to “detain” Beccles, police said.

Durroh fell to the ground and Beccles continued to stab him, police said.

The witness said he yelled at Beccles to stop, but the suspect told him “to get away or he’d be next,” according to the arrest report.

An armed security guard working at a nearby hamburger restaurant, who also witnessed the stabbing, detained Beccles while Las Vegas police officers arrived to make the arrest shortly after, said said the police.

Beccles told officers, “yeah, I stabbed that (expletive),” according to the arrest report. “He hit me first.”

At the time of the murder, Beccles was on probation for a 2019 conviction for assault with a deadly weapon, Clark County District Court records show.

In February that year, Beccles brandished a knife on a bus and attempted to stab a man who had suffered cuts in the hand, police said.

He also punched a woman and stole her cellphone and about $100, police said.

Beccles avoided a two-to-five-year prison sentence and was placed on probation, with a judge ordering him not to possess knives and undergo mental health evaluations, records show.

He is due to appear in court on May 3.

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