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Illegal Las Vegas brothel allegedly run by an Asian woman saw nearly 200 visitors in 2 weeks

  • Heng Van Ho and Yuxiang Tian were arrested on Aug. 17 for allegedly running an illegal brothel near the Las Vegas Strip since 2016.
  • Las Vegas Metro police first received a tip about “possible illegal activities” at a house near Flamingo Road and Decatur Boulevard on June 30.
  • One man who was reportedly seen leaving the house said he paid an Asian woman $200 for sex after responding to a Craigslist ad.
  • Investigators counted nearly 200 men entering and exiting the residence in a span of two weeks in July, according to reports.
  • The duo is facing charges of running a brothel, living off the earnings of prostitution, pandering and money laundering.

Two individuals have been arrested for allegedly running an illegal brothel near the Las Vegas Strip.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police first received a tip about “possible illegal activities” at a house near Flamingo Road and Decatur Boulevard on June 30. Shortly after, they managed to stop a car that had just come from the location, according to reports.

Suspect in California Taiwanese church mass shooting pleads not guilty

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  • David Wenwei Chou, the 68-year-old Las Vegas man accused of firing multiple rounds at the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in California in May, has pleaded not guilty.
  • He was previously charged with one count of murder and five counts of attempted murder with hate crime enhancements in June for killing an Orange County doctor and injuring five others.
  • Chou was ordered to be held without bail at the Theo Lacy jail facility.
  • He is expected back in court for a pre-trial hearing on Oct. 21. He could face the death penalty if he is convicted of all charges.

The Las Vegas man accused of firing multiple rounds at the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California, in May has pleaded not guilty. 

David Wenwei Chou, 68, was previously charged with one count of murder and five counts of attempted murder with hate crime enhancements in June. On Aug. 19, he pleaded not guilty to the multiple charges against him.

Video captures Las Vegas vape shop owner stopping day-time robbery by stabbing would-be thief

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  • On Wednesday, Aug. 3, two masked individuals entered the Smokestrom Smoke Shop in Las Vegas while another stood by the door in a botched daytime robbery.
  • Surveillance video inside the vape shop captured 22-year-old owner Johnny Nguyen stabbing one of the would-be robbers several times.
  • One of the assailants grabs the tip jar and other items before fleeing, while another is seen jumping over the store counter to grab some more items.
  • Nguyen reacted by grabbing a sharp object and stabbing the robber several times.
  • “I remember him saying, ‘Please don’t let me die,'” Nguyen said. “He said he was sorry. By that point, he took off his mask himself. I was trying to get on the phone with the police when he was trying to talk to me. I just ran and wanted to make sure the police and ambulance would get here on time.”
  • Authorities have since arrested the other juveniles involved in the robbery while the stabbed teen was taken to a hospital, where his condition remains unknown.

Surveillance video inside a vape shop in Las Vegas shows an owner defending himself with a knife from would-be robbers. 

On Aug. 3, Johnny Nguyen, 22, was captured on film stabbing one of three juveniles who tried to rob his store, the Smokestrom Smoke Shop in the neighborhood of West Sahara in Las Vegas. 

Seventeen announces immersive K-pop weekend in Las Vegas

  • K-pop boy group Seventeen announced yesterday a Las Vegas immersive event coming Sept. 9-12 this year.
  • Dubbed “Clarity,” the event is set to take place at Resorts World Las Vegas. Besides Seventeen’s headliner performance, attendees can expect dance lessons, various parties, merch stores, an art and photo exhibition and a movie screening with Q&A.
  • The event coincides with the group’s world tour, “Be The Sun,” in conjunction with their latest album “Face the Sun.”
  • They announced a repackage of their album “Sector 17” will drop July 18.

Pledis Entertainment’s boy group Seventeen is ready to “Face the Sun” in Las Vegas over the weekend of Sept. 9-12 for an immersive K-pop experience. 

See you in LAS VEGAS, Sep 2022. Enjoy a glamorous and immersive weekend with SEVENTEEN✨

Hong Konger wins first World Series of Poker Bracelet and $144,338 on his first visit to Vegas

  • A Hong Kong poker player won his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournament on his first visit to Las Vegas, winning $144,338.
  • Lok Chan, 22, played against 281 players during the three-day competition.
  • The WSOP tournament marked Chan’s 30th major tournament win.
  • Chan is hoping to participate in the No-Limit Hold’em World Championship, also known as Main Event, where 7,000 people will buy in for the $10,000 prize.

On his first visit to Las Vegas, a Hong Kong poker player won his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournament, earning a prize of $144,338.

Chan Lok, 22, participated in the three-day event from June 16 to June 18 where he competed against 281 players for his first gold WSOP bracelet. The 2022 WSOP series consisted of seven different tournaments, including No-Limit Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha, No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Single Draw Lowball and the No-Limit Five Card Draw High. Chan participated in the fifth event of the 2022 WSOP series.

Man accused of shooting restaurant waiter 11 times found not competent to stand trial

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  • Rashawn Gaston-Anderson, the 23-year-old man who authorities say shot a restaurant waiter 11 times during an attempted burglary in Las Vegas' Chinatown in December 2021, was found unfit to stand trial, according to court records.
  • Shanghai Taste restaurant’s head waiter, Chengyan Wang, suffered four gunshot wounds to his abdomen, one to his shoulder, another through his neck and hand, among other areas on his body.
  • Gaston-Anderson is in the custody of the Mental Health Development Services for treatment.
  • He awaits further trial proceedings after he returns to court.

The man who authorities say shot a restaurant waiter 11 times during an attempted burglary in Las Vegas’ Chinatown in December 2021 is not competent to stand trial, a court said.

Rashawn Gaston-Anderson, 23, was determined to be “not capable of understanding the charges against him and is unable to assist counsel in his defense,” according to court records

BTS nominated for record 7 Billboard Music Awards

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  • BTS has received seven nominations for the upcoming Billboard Music Awards taking place in Las Vegas next month.
  • The group is in the running for Top Duo/Group, Top Song Sales Artist and Top Selling Song, among several other categories.
  • BTS now holds the highest number of nominations of any group or duo to participate in the Billboard Awards.
  • The group has had consecutive wins at the Billboard Music Awards since 2017, when they became the first K-pop group to be nominated and win the Top Social Artist category.

BTS has been nominated seven times in six categories for the Billboard Music Awards 2022 set to take place in Las Vegas on Friday.

The categories in which the group has been nominated include: Top Duo/Group, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Billboard Global (Excl. U.S.) Artist, Top Selling Song (in which they were nominated twice), Top Billboard Global (Excl. U.S.) Song and Top Rock Song (which they share with Coldplay for “My Universe”).

Las Vegas Chinatown waiter shot 11 times says he wants to put in more ‘enthusiasm’ serving customers

Shanghai Taste waiter shooting
  • Chengyan Wang, the Shanghai Time head waiter who was shot 11 times during an attempted burglary in December 2021, said he was “incredibly grateful” to be alive and for the support of the Las Vegas community in his first public appearance.
  • “Las Vegas is a beautiful town,” Wang said. “The town has a lot of humane folks who really showed up during the pandemic, and I’m really appreciative.”
  • He reportedly suffered four shots to the abdomen, one to the shoulder, another through the neck and one on a hand, among other areas on his body.

The restaurant waiter who was shot 11 times during an attempted burglary in Las Vegas in December 2021 has appeared publicly for the first time since the nearly fatal incident.

Chengyan Wang said he was “incredibly grateful” to be alive and for the support of the Las Vegas community after he was shot allegedly by Rashawn Gaston-Anderson, 23, while working at Shanghai Taste on Dec. 20.

Judge dismisses charges against Las Vegas man accused of racist assault on boba tea shop owner

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  • Anthony Joseph Dishari was accused of yelling anti-Asian slurs and attacking a boba tea shop owner last month.
  • A Las Vegas Justice Court judge dismissed his charges on Tuesday as prosecutors deemed that Dishari had “a legitimate self-defense claim.”

A Las Vegas man accused of yelling anti-Asian slurs and attacking a boba tea shop owner is officially free after a judge dismissed his charges on Tuesday.

Anthony Joseph Dishari, 36, was reported to have entered Cloud Tea near Buffalo and Flamingo Roads in January after getting involved in a separate fight at a nearby bar.

Man charged with hate crimes for unprovoked attack on Asian boba tea shop owner in Las Vegas

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  • The victim, who owns Cloud Tea near Buffalo and Flamingo Roads, was working when the suspect allegedly entered and began yelling anti-Asian slurs.
  • The suspect, identified as Anthony Joseph Dishari, allegedly physically attacked the victim and left him unconscious with serious injuries.
  • Dishari is facing multiple charges with hate crime enhancements.

An Asian business owner in Las Vegas reportedly wound up in a hospital bed with no recollection of prior events after falling victim to an unprovoked attack in his shop last week.

The victim was working at the back of Cloud Tea near Buffalo and Flamingo Roads when the suspect allegedly entered the business yelling anti-Asian slurs.

Family of Hawaii grandmother fatally shot at Las Vegas mall push for suspects to be denied bail

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  • Clarice Yamaguchi, a 66-year-old Waipahu resident, was shot and killed during an attempted robbery at the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas.
  • Two men have been arrested in connection with the shooting.
  • Yamaguchi’s daughter Cheryl Harimoto mourned her mother’s death, saying she was loved by so many people.

A 66-year-old Waipahu resident in Hawaii, was shot and killed during an attempted robbery at the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers said the shooting at the mall’s parking garage happened at about 1:30 p.m.

‘This is your Asian family’: Wine-holding woman calls her ‘Asian kids’ during racist rant in Las Vegas

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  • A woman allegedly told a Chinese mother and daughter to “go back to [their own]country” during a physical confrontation at a hotel in Las Vegas.
  • The alleged assailant, who was filmed holding a wine glass in the hotel’s parking lot, used her “Asian kids” to justify her behavior.
  • Hotel management has yet to reveal the identity of the woman in the video after the victims reported the incident.

A woman was caught on video calling her “children” and telling them “this is your Asian family” during a racist rant in a Las Vegas hotel parking lot.

The video, posted by TikTok user @peachmegladon on Dec. 31, 2021, shows an unidentified woman getting physical with the person trying to film her after she allegedly assaulted them during a confrontation in the parking lot, The Daily Dot reported.