Former Venango County Man Remains Jailed on Murder Charges in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV (EYT) – A former Venango County man remains jailed in Las Vegas after he allegedly stabbed another man during an apparent argument over vodka.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, Aaron Christopher Park, 39, formerly of the Franklin and Oil City areas, is accused of fatally slashing a man during a dispute on July 21 near a “hangout” for homeless people along Maryland Parkway in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Emergency medical responders were dispatched around 1:30 p.m. and found the victim, Ronald Anderson, suffering from extensive injuries to the right side of his neck.

Anderson was transported to nearby Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center where he was pronounced dead around 2:30 p.m.

Investigators say Anderson suffered from “a wound that extended from his right ear to the left side of his chest.”

Park initially fled the scene but was quickly apprehended by police.

Court documents indicate that Park told detectives that he only pushed the victim and “denied stabbing, striking or harming anyone.”

After reviewing surveillance footage, Las Vegas Metro Police were able to determine that the victim was slashed in the neck and chest area.

Witnesses’ statements revealed that Park and another man allegedly engaged in a verbal argument with Anderson that quickly became physical.

Park told investigators that the argument began after Anderson tried “to bully his way into some of the vodka that he and his associates were drinking.”

All of the persons involved in the altercation are believed to be homeless.

Park allegedly “bragged to detectives about his skills with fighting and handling knives and other edged weapons.”

Park remains lodged at the Clark County Detention Center on one count of Murder with a Deadly Weapon. Bail was denied.

A preliminary hearing is slated for September 20 at 9:00 a.m. with Judicial Officer Deborah J. Lippis presiding.

He is being represented by the Clark County Public Defender’s Office.

Park has been convicted of various offenses in Venango County, including Disorderly Conduct, Drug Possession, Receiving Stolen Property, and a weapons charge.

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