Authorities have reported the arrest of a Las Vegas man after the discovery of three deceased individuals in an apartment unit. The incident came to light when police responded to a separate stabbing call in the area.
On June 27, around 9 a.m., officers were dispatched to an apartment complex in Las Vegas following a report of a potential stabbing near the leasing office. Upon arrival, they encountered a 50-year-old Hispanic man, a maintenance worker at the complex, who had sustained stab wounds in the leasing office. He informed the police that the individual responsible for the stabbing was located in the courtyard behind the leasing office.
The suspect, identified as 30-year-old Spencer McDonald, then fled through the leasing office but was apprehended by the responding officers. During a subsequent press conference, Homicide Lt. Jason Johansson revealed that McDonald was carrying a large weapon resembling a mace or sledgehammer, according to KLAS-TV.
Prior to the 911 call, the leasing office had requested two maintenance workers to perform a welfare check on an apartment. Although authorities did not provide specific details about the need for the welfare check, the maintenance workers used their keys to enter the apartment. Once inside, they were attacked by McDonald’s in what appeared to be a disheveled living space. One of the workers managed to escape and seek help at the leasing office, prompting the staff to contact emergency services.
The injured maintenance worker was transported to a nearby hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Upon investigating the apartment in question, the responding officers discovered the bodies of three victims, including the other maintenance worker. The victims were identified as Andrew Graden (43), Christopher Brassard (45), and Dina Raker Vail (80).
According to the Clark County Coroner’s office, Graden’s cause of death was determined to be blunt and sharp force injuries, while Brassard succumbed to multiple sharp force injuries. Vail’s cause of death was listed as sharp force injuries to the head, neck, and chest. Notably, Vail is reported to be McDonald’s grandmother.
Spencer McDonald has been taken into custody and is facing charges of three counts of open murder, as well as one count of attempted murder. He has been confined at the Clark County Detention Center without bail and is scheduled to appear in court on July 3. As of now, no specific information has been released regarding the circumstances leading up to the homicides.