The man accused of shooting a Chinese restaurant worker in Las Vegas’ Chinatown will remain behind bars after a judge ordered him held without bail on Tuesday.
The incident: Rashawn Gaston-Anderson, 23, allegedly shot Chengyan Wang at Shanghai Taste restaurant in the 4200 block of Spring Mountain Road around 3 a.m. on Dec. 20. Surveillance video showed him wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and breaking into the business after trying multiple back doors, leading staff to take the matter as an attempted burglary.
- Wang, a migrant worker from China, was performing a deep clean of the restaurant when Gaston-Anderson broke in. The suspect allegedly shot him 11 times, seven of which were critical hits.
- Wang “defiantly” tried to fight back, Shanghai Taste managing partner Joe Muscaglione said. He ended up on the street and was spotted by an area security guard, who then called for help.
The arrest: Gaston-Anderson, who fled the scene without stealing, was arrested near East Desert Inn Road and South Maryland Parkway on Monday afternoon, according to FOX 5. He was reported to be someone who frequented tourist corridor areas.
- Gaston-Anderson was due to appear in court on Tuesday morning but was absent due to a medical issue, according to KLAS. The judge ordered him held without bail.
- Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joe Bonaventure cited pending criminal cases in his decision. Court records show Gaston-Anderson was arrested in early November for pandering and carrying a concealed weapon. Within just 48 hours, he was then arrested for burglary and grand larceny. He also pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny in 2018, which sentenced him to 18 months of probation.
- Gaston-Anderson managed to walk free after posting bail on the November cases; however, the judge deemed the Chinatown shooting as the last straw. “He has now picked up a third felony case,” Bonaventure said, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “He is ordered detained without bail.”
- The 23-year-old is facing attempted murder and attempted robbery charges for the Chinatown shooting. He is currently held at the Clark County Detention Center.
Wang remains in the intensive care unit at University Medical Center. So far, two fundraisers via GoFundMe and Mightycause have raised more than $54,000 for his medical bills.
Featured Image via Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department