In a strange and unexpected turn of events, a 70-year-old man named Mitchell Graham was arrested at the Orleans Hotel and Casino after an altercation over a casino slot machine allegedly ended in a stabbing with a steak knife. The incident occurred on the morning of New Year’s Eve, leading to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police responding to a call regarding a battery with a deadly weapon at the Orleans casino on Tropicana Avenue.
Graham, who had been gambling at the casino, went to use the restroom after inserting money into a slot machine. Upon his return, he found another person sitting in the seat he had been using. He confronted the individual, insisting that he vacate the seat. The situation escalated when the other man allegedly grabbed the cash voucher from the slot machine and attempted to walk away. Graham then displayed a 3-4 inch steak knife, claiming the money was rightfully his. The altercation resulted in the victim sustaining a superficial cut on his right rib cage.
After witnesses reported the stabbing, Graham was promptly arrested and booked into the Clark County Detention Center. He is now facing charges of battery and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and is scheduled for a preliminary court hearing on January 17.
Investigations into the incident revealed conflicting accounts of what took place. Graham contended that the other man turned into him, resulting in the stabbing, while the victim maintained he was playing a different slot machine and had added money to it. Surveillance footage was reviewed by police, providing more insight into Graham’s actions during the altercation.
The Orleans Hotel and Casino, known for its vibrant atmosphere and owned by Boyd Gaming Corporation, now faces legal proceedings as a result of this bizarre incident. The resort, located off the Las Vegas Strip, offers a range of amenities including a casino, hotel accommodations, entertainment venues, dining options, and recreational features like a bowling alley and spa services. It is an unexpected episode in the history of the establishment as they navigate the aftermath of this unusual confrontation over a casino slot machine.