Female blackjack dealer slashed in the face at casino

Brenda J. Stokes 
By: Hydar Tomar 

A dealer at a popular Las Vegas, Nevada, casino was slashed in the face after an argument broke out, according to police and witnesses at the scene.

The blackjack dealer at Bellagio, suffered deep cuts on her face after she was stabbed by a colleague while both were inside one of the wells in the casino Friday night, authorities said Saturday.

It was the second violent incident in just over a week, in a high profile casino on the Strip. The other was a murder-suicide at Excalibur last weekend.

Marcus Martin, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department in Nevada, said that the female victim, whose identity has not been released, was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, where she was being treated for her wounds. The condition was not immediately known.

Brenda J. Stokes, 50, was arrested in connection with the stabbing, and was detained in the Clark County Detention Center on a variety of charges, including robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, battery with the use of a deadly weapon that caused substantial injuries and causing chaos.

Witnesses inside the casino reported that the fight began at 9:47 p.m., Martin said. He said that "a sharp blade" was confiscated, but it was not known if it was a knife, a pair of box cutters or a small blade of some sort.

A few minutes after the altercation, the Fire Department of Clark County was on scene attending to the victim's injuries, and Stokes was taken into custody, Martin said.

Blackjack began as soon as the scene was "secured and restored," Yvette Monet, a spokesperson for MGM Resorts International, which owns the Bellagio, said.