The person who went on a knife rampage on the Las Vegas Strip, killing two and injuring six extra, had a celebration boy previous as a stripper earlier than turning into homeless, The Put up has discovered.
Yoni Barrios was declared “indigent” by a Clark County, Nevada decide earlier this month, however his social media advised a a lot totally different story, boasting of an extravagant life-style flashing massive wads of money and costly jewellery.
Barrios, an unlawful immigrant from Guatemala, had lived in Los Angeles the place he usually posted his gym-honed physique and took footage at glamorous evening spots similar to Drai’s nightclub in Las Vegas.
A former good friend of Barrios’ — who didn’t wish to be named — stated the 32-year outdated labored as a stripper in homosexual bars prior to now and by no means “held down a daily job.”
As a substitute, Barrios mooched off women and men who had romantic pursuits in him, the supply stated, including they believed he was straight however led males on to get money.
Barrios claimed he had come to Las Vegas to hunt work as a chef, displaying a knife to a bunch of ladies posing for footage dressed as showgirls on the famed Strip.
Once they turned uneasy at his presence with the knife he snapped and stabbed showgirl Maris Digiovanni within the coronary heart and bystander Brent Hallet with a kitchen knife close to the Wynn resort.
The killer’s Instagram confirmed images of Barrios dwelling an extravagant life-style.
The killer beforehand labored as a stripper at homosexual bars.
Barrios additionally stabbed six others, together with showgirls Anna Westby and Victoria Cayetano.
Eight months earlier than the violent daytime assault, nonetheless, Barrios appeared to be dwelling excessive on the hog, posting footage of diamond rings, costly watches and plenty of shirtless images of him figuring out, flexing his muscular tissues.
On his profile he wrote: “Life teaches us to make good use of the time … whereas time teaches us the worth of life … so be a very good individual however don’t waist (sic) time to show it.”
Chillingly, Barrios’ final Fb submit — made simply at some point earlier than the horrific broad-daylight knife assault — was one hailing the infamous biker gang Mongrel Mob, alleged to be concerned in violent killings in New Zealand.
The braggadocious posts appear a far cry from an interview Barrios carried out with a Los Angeles Spanish station, Telemundo 52, simply two days earlier than the stabbing-spree in Las Vegas.
Within the interview, Barrios advised the digicam crew he was homeless and on the lookout for a greater life. He stated he had misplaced all of his belongings and was asking for assist.
He additionally stated he acquired a prescription from a pharmacy in Hollywood that he believed had affected his mind.
When Barrios arrived in Las Vegas, he walked into the Wynn on the lookout for a job, in response to a police report obtained by The Put up.
He additionally requested a janitor if he may contact U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for him so he may return to Guatemala.
Barrios advised cops he spoke to a safety guard and advised him he needed to promote his knives so he may get some cash to return to his nation.
Barrios is an unlawful immigrant from Guatemala. Fb/Cristian Barrios
Barrios killed two folks and injured six extra throughout a knife rampage.
The guard advised him to “bounce in entrance of a practice,” in response to the police report.
Enraged, he then approched the showgirls, later telling police they laughed and made enjoyable of his clothes.
“Barrios stated he turned offended and stabbed one of many girls [Digiovanni] within the chest after which he started stabbing the opposite girls within the group as they ran away,” the police report stated.
“Barrios began operating and on the lookout for teams of individuals so he may ‘let the anger out.’”
Showgirl Anna Westby advised The Put up concerning the horrifying second when she noticed Barrios fatally stab her good friend Maris within the coronary heart proper earlier than she was stabbed within the again.
As he ran and continued southbound on the Strip, Barrios stabbed Brent Hallet within the again and killed him. Barrios would stab 4 extra folks earlier than Las Vegas Metropolitan Police arrested him.
Barrios had interviewed with Telemundo 52 simply days earlier than the assault sharing that he was homeless and asking for assist. Fb/Cristian Barrios
Barrios is due again in court docket in January 2023. Fb/Cristian Barrios
Considered one of his final posts on Instagram exhibits Barrios wearing a pointy gray swimsuit and posing in entrance of Drai’s Nightclub in Las Vegas. There are movies of him ordering photographs and ingesting on the dance ground.
Barrios has been charged with two counts of homicide and 6 counts of tried homicide.
Since he was discovered to be indigent, Barrios was assigned a Public Defender. He stays in Clark County Detention Heart in Las Vegas on a no bail maintain.
He’s scheduled to look again in court docket on Jan. 12, 2023.