Israeli man dies of wounds from Las Vegas stabbing
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Israeli man dies of wounds from Las Vegas stabbing

Israel Schwarts, 54, was attacked last week by man with ‘Rambo’ knife who was reportedly high on meth

Israel Schwarts (Facebook)
Israel Schwarts (Facebook)

An Israeli resident of Las Vegas died on Tuesday after being stabbed last week, in an apparently random attack by a man said to have been high on meth.

Israel Schwarts, 54, originally from the northern Israeli town of Kiryat Tivon, moved to the United States in 1985, the Hebrew-language Ynet news site reported.

A few years ago he moved to Las Vegas, where he lived with his wife and three kids, and worked repairing fire alarms.

After he was stabbed last Wednesday, Schwarts was taken to the hospital in critical condition, and underwent two surgeries as doctors fought to save his life.

Investigators stand near the scene of a stabbing at a gas station, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Investigators stand near the scene of a stabbing at a gas station, April 19, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Richi Briones, 32, was arrested last week for Schwarts’s murder after an hours-long manhunt by police.

According to CBS’s Las Vegas affiliate, Briones was high on meth when he stabbed Schwarts and had not slept the night before.

Prior to stabbing Schwarts, Briones allegedly first attempted to stab Alejandro Vega in an alley with a “Rambo” survival knife, but Vega was able to escape and alert police.

Undated Clark County Detention Center photo of Richi Briones. (Clark County Detention Center via AP)
Undated Clark County Detention Center photo of Richi Briones. (Clark County Detention Center via AP)

Briones then proceeded to stab Schwarts in a separate alley before also stabbing Balente Gonzalez, who died of his wounds soon after, according to the CBS affiliate.

Briones, who was said to have been found with four knives at the time of his arrest, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, attempted murder with a deadly weapon and murder with a deadly weapon.

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, an additional charge of battery was also later added.

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