Las Vegas, NV – Two blackjack dealers reportedly came to blows inside a Las Vegas casino on Friday night. The incident came to head when one of the employees stabbed another during the confrontation.
The altercation involved 50-year-old Brenda Stokes and an unidentified woman. Police couldn’t confirm if the Bellagio hotel-casino employees were actually working at the time push came to shove.
According to The Associated Press, it’s unclear what instigated the fight between the blackjack dealers or why it ended with someone getting stabbed. However, police have confirmed that Stokes is now behind bars while the victim is receiving treatment for her injuries at an area hospital.
The fight allegedly took place in one of more popular areas of the Bellagio casino. NBC FWD reports that Stokes pulled an “edged blade” on her adversary during the confrontation. By the time the fight was over, the victim was left with several deep cuts on her face.
Authorities haven’t said whether or not the unidentified woman would be charged with any crimes for her role in the Bellagio fight.
According to KSNV, Stokes has been charged with burglary, battery with a deadly weapon, battery with use of a deadly weapon-substantial bodily harm, and mayhem. The weapon she used in the fight was confiscated by Las Vegas police.
A spokesperson for the Bellagio said that hotel and casino staff are cooperating with Las Vegas police to determine what prompted the fight.
Sadly, this isn’t the first outburst of violence to hit a Las Vegas casino this holiday season. The Associated Press reports an Illinois man fatally shot a hotel concierge clerk before turning the gun on himself earlier this month. Authorities said the killer and his victim had previously dated.
The Bellagio hotel spokesperson said the condition of the woman stabbed by another blackjack dealer was unknown. Authorities are currently investigating the fight.