Police in Las Vegas are hunting for a “dangerous” suspect they believe killed two Vietnamese tourists in their hotel room earlier this month.
Investigators believe the suspect — described as a black man between 25 and 30 years old with a tattoo just beneath his neckline — entered a room at the Circus Circus Hotel at about 2 a.m. Friday to burglarize it when he confronted the two tourists, identified as Khuong Nguyen, 30, and Sang Nghia, 38.
Police were later called to the room on the 21st floor after the man and woman were found fatally stabbed.
“These two individuals did not deserve what happened to them, and we want to see justice served on a very dangerous man and see him behind bars,” Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Let. Ray Spencer told reporters during a news conference Wednesday, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
The suspect can be seen on security footage riding an elevator to the hotel’s top floor at about 4 a.m. before returning about 45 minutes later with a backpack that investigators think belonged to Nguyen.
Nguyen and Nghia were visiting Sin City as part of a group of tourists from Vietnam and didn’t show up for a planned tour of the Grand Canyon, sparking alarm from the group.
“The victims in this case were viciously attacked, and the suspect must be caught as he is a danger to our entire community,” Spencer told reporters.
Nguyen’s cousin, Steven Nguyen, said he last spoke to him on a video call just hours before his death and noted that he regularly traveled around the world as part of his job with Nghia’s tour company. It was his first trip to the United States, Steven Nguyen said.
“It’s very tragic since he just got to the US and then all of the sudden this happens,” he told the newspaper.
A reward of $10,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case. Las Vegas police ask anyone with information to call (702) 828-3521.