Las Vegas police arrest suspect in stabbing death of woman

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police arrested a suspect in the stabbing death of a woman.
Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 11:04 AM PST
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - Las Vegas Metropolitan Police arrested a suspect in the stabbing death of a woman.

Michael Ralston, 33, was arrested by LVMPD on Jan. 18 and was booked into the Clark County Detention Center. Ralston was arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a woman on Dec. 28, 2022.

According to police, officers responded to the 7400 block of W. Charleston Boulevard after a family member performed a welfare check for Felicia Ann Smith, 41, from Las Vegas. Police said Smith was suffering from multiple stab wounds and her death was ruled a homicide.

Police said Smith was dropped off at her apartment by a family member the night before. The next day, family was unable to contact the woman, so they conducted a welfare check and found her dead.

Felicia Smith’s mother Beatrice Frazier says her daughter had a heart of gold. She worked at a couple different Von’s stores in Las Vegas for more than 21 years. She worked as a courtesy clerk bagging groceries, gathering shopping carts and sometimes worked in the flower area.

Smith was part of Transition Services for a while, which works to help people with intellectual disabilities. Smith’s mother says her daughter was in love with suspect Michael Ralston but believes he took advantage of her mental disability and only wanted sex from Smith. Frazier says they confronted Ralston and Smith then cut off contact with him.

“Families that have children like that need to be so involved in their lives and watch the people that they are having friends with because they are vulnerable. And my daughter, since the time she was born, we worked with her all the time to make her independent and strong, and she was,” said Frazier.

Metro Police documents indicate video surveillance on the day of the killing showed a man at Smith’s apartment complex, with the same likeness as Ralston. Police documents indicate investigators got some fingerprints from the homicide scene but could not find Smith’s cellphone, wallet and some cash. Police documents indicate several other items found at the apartment including a piece of paper with Michael Ralston’s name on it and address, which was the address of the Southern Desert Correctional Center. There was also a Christmas card written by “Mike” to Felicia.

A GoFundMe is set up for funeral expenses and to help with the costs of moving Smith’s belongings from her apartment by the end of January.

Court records show Ralston was not granted bail in a Wednesday hearing.