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Man stabbed in Las Vegas grocery store

Las Vegas police arrested a man on Monday accused of stabbing a stranger outside a Las Vegas grocery store and then committing an armed robbery in a nearby neighborhood.

Jose Ramirez, 31, of Las Vegas, was incarcerated Monday at the Clark County Detention Center for attempted murder, attempted robbery, battery to commit mayhem, robbery and burglary of a residence.

Police said in an arrest report for Ramirez that they were called to Smith’s Grocery at 3602 E. Bonanza Road at 10:20 a.m. There they found a man stabbed in the chest outside the store. He was rushed to hospital with a collapsed lung and internal bleeding, but survived.

The victim later told police he had cycled to the store and was walking inside when he turned around and saw a man trying to steal his bike. The victim returned to his bicycle and grabbed the rear tire to prevent the thief from stealing it when the thief stabbed him in the chest.

Police say witnesses noticed the attacker had distinctive tattoos all over his head and chest.

Shortly after, police said they were called to a nearby residence not far from the intersection of Bonanza and Sandhill roads. Residents of the house told police that a man with distinctive tattoos on his head and chest broke into the house, told them he was on drugs, and robbed them.

Police located Ramirez a short distance from the house. He was observed with distinctive tattoos on his head and chest, including “horn tattoos on his forehead”, police said. Witnesses later identified Ramirez as the person who stabbed the store and residential burglary, police said.

Ramirez was scheduled to appear in court in Las Vegas on Thursday morning.

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