LAS VEGAS – Court documents say workers found a broken latch on the door of a Las Vegas Strip hotel room where two Vietnamese tourists were found dead two weeks ago.
A request in the arrest of the 31-year-old Julius Trotter describes a method that would-be thieves walk from the hotel corridors, checking room doors to see if they push open.
The document says that four days after Sang Boi Nghia and Khuong Le Ba Nguyen were found stabbed to death on June 1, Circus Circus employees, in particular, the door lock on their 21st-floor room did not work properly.
It could not say whether a defective latch allowed Trotter allegedly enter.
Trotter was arrested June 7, and remained in prison Friday in San Bernardino County, California, pending his transfer in custody to Las Vegas to face robbery and murder charges.
This story makes it clear that the hotel is for the door lock, and is discovered to be defective days after the murder.