Tuesday, July 5, 2011 | 5:33 p.m.
Metro Police identified a man stabbed to death Monday on the Las Vegas Strip as Javier Medrano-Padilla and said they have arrested a man in connection with his death.
Pedro Carlos Robledo, 28, was booked into the Clark County Detention Center Monday on a count of murder with a deadly weapon. He is also being held on charges related to other pending cases against him.
Police found Robledo based on a tip from a concerned citizen, according to an arrest report released Monday by the Clark County District Attorney's Office.
Officers responded at 1:52 a.m. Monday to the 3700 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard, near the Cosmopolitan, after receiving reports that a man had been stabbed at the location. The man, identified by police as Javier Medrano-Padilla, was taken to University Medical Center's trauma unit, where he was pronounced dead.
Two men, identified in the police report as Edgar Duran and Alfonso Gutierrez, were taken into custody shortly after the stabbing on the pedestrian walkway between the Cosmopolitan and Planet Hollywood hotel-casinos. The men, who had injuries to the backs of their heads, told police several men "jumped them" from behind. They told police one of the alleged attackers was a Hispanic man wearing a baseball cap and a white T-shirt with a dark design on the front, according to the report.
When interviewed by police, Duran and Gutierrez admitted to fighting back against their alleged attackers and kicking and punching several of the men, including Medrano-Padilla, but denied stabbing him.
In the course of their investigation, detectives obtained video surveillance footage from the Cosmopolitan that, according to the report, shows a large Hispanic man, wearing a black baseball cap and white T-shirt with a dark design on the front, leaving the area westbound on Harmon Avenue. Police said a second, shorter man accompanied him.
Police found a black-handled kitchen knife with blood and dark fibers on the blade in an area near where the men depicted in the surveillance video were shown walking.
Duran and Gutierrez were released while police continued their investigation.
According to the arrest report, Monday afternoon police received a phone call from a concerned citizen who identified Robledo as a possible suspect in the stabbing. The citizen told detectives in both a telephone and text conversation "Robledo stated he had stabbed a guy on the Strip last night."
The citizen gave police information about where Robledo was and informed investigators Robledo had plans to flee Las Vegas for California. Detectives found a prior booking photo of Robledo and subsequently identified him as the suspect from the surveillance video, according to the report.
Robledo was taken into custody about 6 p.m. Monday after police found him at an apartment complex in the 8900 block of South Durango Drive. He was taken to police headquarters, where he was read his rights and requested an attorney, the report said.
While he was filling out arrest paperwork at the police station, Robledo said spontaneously he knew Medrano-Padilla and claimed he stabbed the man in self-defense, police said. Robledo went on to say he didn't remember anything because he was drunk and had blacked out.
Robledo is scheduled to appear before a judge Wednesday morning. In addition to the murder charge, he is being held on several bench warrants including battery/domestic violence and misdemeanor hit-and-run.