Casino Blamed for Death of Man in Restroom

Posted on November 9, 2012


The family of a man who was shot to death by a robber in October 2010 inside the restroom of the Opera House casino in  North Las Vegas on Friday sued not only the shooter but also the casino for the alleged wrongful death of the victim.

According to the lawsuit filed in Clark County District Court by personal injury attorneys representing the family of Mario De Jesus, the deceased, the Opera House failed to have adequate security in place, that it did not have video surveillance installed in the restrooms that could have detected and deterred criminal activity, and that the shooting was foreseeable “because of notice or knowledge of prior incidents of multiple similar wrongful acts.”

Based on police records, at about 11:30 p.m.of October 22 two years ago, as the victim entered the casino’s restroom to use the urinals, a man later identified as Stefon Clark pointed a gun at him and demanded money. When he said he had none, Clark shot him multiple times. De Jesus was taken to University Medical Center’s trauma unit, where he died about 2:30 the following day. Clark was detained by responding casino security personnel until the police arrived and took him into custody.

Clark’s murder trial is set to begin this November 13. He is also being held on charges for two other robberies which he committed in the same restroom of the casino just minutes before De Jesus came in.

The wrongful death lawsuit says that family members of De Jesus are entitled to unspecified damages from Clark after suffering extreme grief and sorrow because of the killing of De Jesus. It also seeks unspecified damages against the Opera House.

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