Man Stabbed With Steak Knife Inside Vegas Casino Over Slot Machine Mixup

Written by:
Nagesh Rath
Published on:
Jan/09/2024

Mitchell Graham, 70, was taken into custody on the morning of New Year’s Eve, 2023, and is facing charges of battery and carrying a concealed machete without a permit.  The incident took place at the Orleans Casino on the 4500 block of Tropicana Avenue shortly after 9 a.m. on December 31, 2023.

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Graham had been playing on a slot machine prior to getting up to use the rest room.  Upon his return an individual was sitting at what he believed to be the same machine.

From Fox 5 Las Vegas:

The suspect said he told the other man to get out of his seat and the man grabbed the cash voucher from the slot machine and tried to walk away. Graham told police that he followed him.

“Hey, you took my money,” Graham told the victim. The suspect admitted that he then “showed him his knife.”

Graham said that the other man then “turned into him” and said that he “did not know how he got stabbed.” He added that he didn’t know because the knife was in his pocket.

The suspect said he carries the knife “for protection” and told investigators that he was within arm’s reach of the victim.

The victim told police that nobody was near the slot machine when he approached it, and that there was only 50 cents on it before he added $20 of his own.

Investigators reported that the victim had a superficial cut on his right rib cage and blood on his hand from the wound.

What's worse is the victim apparently was never playing at the slot machine Graham was at prior to getting up to use the restroom.

The victim said he had visited the casino with his mother and had seen a friend playing on a slot next to the one that Graham was using.

He walked over to his friend, hugged her, and began playing on a machine nearby.

- Nagesh Rath, Gambling911.com

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