Published on: July 6, 2023, 04:10.
Last updated on July 7, 2023, 10:33.
Las Vegas police said on Thursday they had arrested a man on suspicion of riding a dirt bike on the gaming floors of “multiple casinos”, up and down stairs and escalators. He is also accused of “wheeling a bike” along Las Vegas Boulevard.
Police did not name the casinos or reveal the identity of the reckless daredevil. However, a photo of the detainee in handcuffs was published in a social media post announcing the arrest. He wears a T-shirt with a big expression on his face and the legend: “Until the Damn Wheels Drop.”
The suspect, described as a “known reckless driver”, was charged with multiple crimes. These include the offense of a driver disobeying a police officer and endangering a person or property, four serious reckless driving and one assault with a deadly weapon.
“The driver thought he would never be caught. Our RAID Team was able to scout with the marked units and the air unit was able to detain this #RecklessRider without incident. His truck and dirt bike were towed,” read a tweet by the LVMPD Traffic Bureau on Thursday.
The reason the arrest is mysterious isn’t just because the suspect’s name is kept secret. casino.org It couldn’t find any recent video footage of a cyclist riding a bike in Las Vegas casinos, or any social media chatter about an event that likely might get attention.
Founded in March 2022, “RAID” is LVMPD’s Race Capture and Response Detail unit focusing on the growing trend of illegal street racing and street seizures in Las Vegas.
The takeover of the streets involves a crowd of people gathering to block traffic as drivers make often dangerous moves.
“We see them repeatedly losing control, hitting people, mingling with the crowd, causing multiple injuries,” he said. Lieutenant Daryl Rhoads of RAID told local media in April. “We knew we couldn’t let this activity happen on our Strip with a million tourists in the city. If this gets on our Strip and our tourist corridor, it could really hurt Las Vegas.”
Rhoads added that the problem in Las Vegas would have been much worse had it not been for the RAID team’s intervention. “We brought this RAID team to Las Vegas before Las Vegas became a Los Angeles. We anticipated this problem would arise,” he said.
According to Rhoads, RAID arrested 185 people, charged 238, and towed 215 cars in its first year.