Scary, True, Halloween Crimes That Happened In Las Vegas
It’s Halloween time in Vegas, which means it’s time for festive and fiendish fun. But, Halloween is also a time for macabre and eerie activities that leads to bone-chilling stories.
But sometimes these stories are not just stories. In fact, they’re real-life occurrences that just so happened during Halloween.
According to a 2018 article by CBS, crime spikes during Halloween. A Northeastern professor even told CBS that “evening violent crime count on Oct. 31 is about 50 percent higher than on any other date during the year.”
A Michael Myers Mask And A Homicide
Perhaps it’s the dance between darkness and humanity that brings mischievous attitudes out during Halloween, thus creating a spike in Halloween crimes.
In October 2022, police shot and killed a man wearing a Michael Myers-style mask. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, this man was “pulling a gun on people near the Martin Luther King, Jr. statue in North Las Vegas.”
The Clark County Corner’s Office said the victim was 44-year-old Christopher Earl Smith Jr. Many people in the Review-Journal article was shocked to hear about his incident when it occurred; with many people saying he was a “good guy.”
Las Vegas Halloween Crimes: Graciela Gomez, 22, A Life Taken Too Soon
Another incident of true-life crime that happened in Las Vegas during Halloween is a truly horrible one. A Halloween party in 2021 turned deadly.
According to KTNV Channel 13, a group of five men were denied entry into the party after they refused to be pat down. After being kicked out, a car drove past the party and did a drive-by shooting. The shooting ended up killing 22-year-old Graciela Gomez and two other people.
According to Graciela Gomez’s LinkedIn, she was a data entry specialist for the Southern Nevada Health District. She also spent time working at Ethel M Chocolate as a sales associate, and she accomplished being a corporal in the Nevada Army National Guard.
Her case is still unsolved, and police are desperate for any leads, according to the Daily Beast.
If you have any information about Graciela Gomez’s murder or the crime mentioned above, please contact LVMPD’s Homicide section at 702-828-3521 or email Homicide@lvmpd.com. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.