4 tourists including newlywed couple stabbed by black man at the Las Vegas Strip because they are whiteBy Mason White 11:29 AM August 13, 2013
|Lee Anthony Sanford|
By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault related charges after stabbing several tourists at the Las Vegas Strip because they are white, according to police reports.
Las Vegas Police said that newlyweds, who were stabbed, were back home in Salt Lake City, Utah on Monday. The two were stabbed in the back in what authorities called a random attack on four people walking along the sidewalk on the Las Vegas Strip.
Laralynn Stock Caldwell, 20, was on honeymoon with her husband, Jackson Caldwell, when she was stabbed in the back Thursday night as the couple approached Harmon Avenue.
Laralynn Caldwell told police she thought a man punched her in the lower back, and she did not realize she was hurt until she came back and felt the blood.
Her husband said that he thought that a man hit his wife’s back, but also saw what he thought was a fake knife in the man’s hand.
The two returned to Utah on Friday, but they face ongoing tests to rule out a blood-borne disease.
The accused attacker, Lee Anthony Sanford, 53, surrendered to police in Las Vegas minutes after the attack. Police said that he had a nine-inch kitchen knife and was bleeding from a cut on his hand.
Sanford remained jailed Monday pending a court appearance Tuesday on multiple battery with a deadly weapon charges. He faces up to ten years in prison.
Sanford, who is black, told police he thought white people kept bothering him because people like to pick on the poor, according to a police report.