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Police: Prostitution scam tied to shooting on Vegas Strip

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A shooting that happened in the valet area of a Las Vegas Strip hotel is being tied to a crime in which prostitutes rob their victim after offering sexual favors.

An arrest report released Monday detailed the arrest of Nakata Hines, 26, who is accused of opening fire on a man just outside the Treasure Island hotel-casino on July 27.

According to the report, a vacationer told police he met a woman at another Strip property who promised him a sexual favor and a ride up the Strip. Citing the tourist, he soon would enter a BMW with two more women and was given a car ride, police said in the report.

The vacationer, in the report, said one of the women began taking his pants off when he changed his mind. He then noticed, as he said in the report, his wallet missing, prompting him to confront the women.

The victim told police, in the report, he was being struck several times by one of the women during the confrontation. About that time, the victim told police in the report, the vehicle was in the valet area.

Citing the victim and security video, police said the man was able to exit the vehicle when the vehicle briefly stopped. At that time, a gunshot was fired from the BMW before the suspects fled, the report said.

There were no injuries as a result of the shooting.

Police, in the report, were able to track down the registration of the BMW to 24-year-old Deonna Hicks, who officers arrested on outstanding prostitution charges. The victim confirmed through a photo lineup Hicks as one of the women involved in the incident.

According to the report, Hicks admitted her involvement into the incident, which police further affirmed through text messages found on her mobile phone. Hicks also admitted, in the report, her intent to robbing the victim in the July 27 incident as part of a "trick-rolling" scheme.

As explained in the report, police say trick-rolling involves prostitutes picking-up tourists to offer sexual favors only to rob them. Police explained victims aren't too willing to come forward due to the taboo of the activity.

Police later said, in the report, Hicks identified one of the other two women involved in the incident as Nataka "Taki" Hines, whom detectives have investigated in the past over prior trick-rolling cases.

Detectives, in the report, believe Hines was the person who shot at the victim outside Treasure Island. The victim also identified Hines as one of the suspects through a photo lineup, the report said.

On Saturday, police arrested Hines on Fremont Street where she was working.

Hines was booked into Clark County Detention Center on counts of attempted murder, robbery with a deadly weapon, battery with intent to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

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