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Police: Woman said she would have killed Bellagio co-worker

Updated Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 | 12:31 p.m.

Brenda Jean Stokes

Brenda Jean Stokes

A Bellagio employee accused of slicing a co-worker’s face with razor blades last week said she would have killed her if a patron hadn’t taken her to the ground, according to a Metro Police report.

“Hell yeah,” Brenda Stokes, 50, Las Vegas, told police according to her arrest report released today by the Clark County District Attorney’s Office. “I would have whooped that ass. I would have killed her.”

Stokes, also known as Brenda Wilson, approached the co-worker, Joyce Rhone, who was dealing blackjack, about 9:30 p.m. Friday, police said. With a razor blade in each hand, Stokes sliced a deep cut on the right side of Rhone’s face and three or four smaller cuts around her right eye, the report said.

A casino patron intervened and held down Stokes until security arrived. Security, which caught the attack on video, detained Stokes until police arrived around 11 p.m. Rhone was transported to Sunrise Hospital.

Authorities said they found three more razor blades in Stokes' purse.

The suspect told police she and Rhone had been friends and co-workers since 2005, but that she recently had been receiving harassing phone calls from Rhone.

Stokes, who reported that she periodically takes Xanax for anxiety, told police she had gone to her doctor earlier in the week and said she felt like she needed to be admitted to the hospital because she might hurt someone, the report said.

Prosecutors today charged Stokes with burglary, battery with a deadly weapon and mayhem with a deadly weapon. She remained in the Clark County Detention Center with bail set at $60,000.

Jade Morris, a 10-year-old girl who went missing Friday, was last seen in the custody of Stokes, Metro Police Officer Laura Meltzer said. The relationship between the two is unknown.

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