Authorities confirmed the identity of a man who was found unconscious inside a Las Vegas hotel room before succumbing to injuries in an apparent altercation.
The Clark County Coroner's Office said Sherman Dale Lamb, 55, died of asphyxiation and blunt force trauma of the neck as a result of a homicide.
According to Las Vegas Metro police, Lamb was found unconscious inside a room at South Point hotel-casino on Monday night. Police responded to the casino property just before 6:30 p.m. on reports of an altercation.
Police said 22-year-old Matejs Balodis, a citizen of Latvia and an exchange student studying in Denmark, was detained by hotel security in connection to the incident.
Lamb, who was found unresponsive and unconscious, was rushed to Saint Rose Siena Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
In police documents, Balodis told detectives he completed his studies in Texas and was on his way back to Europe with Las Vegas as a layover. In Las Vegas, he was befriended by a man identified as Lamb, who helped provide Balodis with a room at the South Point after his flight was delayed, according to documents.
Balodis, though, told police he got into an altercation with Lamb when it became apparent he was being robbed of his money and credit card PIN, documents said. Balodis told police he struck Lamb several times in the head and face.
Balodis contacted hotel security after Lamb passed out, documents showed.
Balodis was booked into Clark County Detention Center.
As of this incident, police have investigated 102 homicides in Metro's jurisdiction this year.
Police urged anyone with information on the case to contact Metro's Homicide Section at 702-828-3521 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.
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