A retired Connecticut State Police bomb squad member was killed on Sunday after a random attacker threw a punch that knocked him backwards, inflicting the again of his head to hit the pavement on the Las Vegas Strip.
Previous to Sunday’s incident, Brandon Leath, the 33-year-old who has been charged with murder within the demise of Thomas Driscoll, 57, was reported to authorities a number of occasions by two individuals who say he was a ‘ticking time bomb,’ based on native media.
Driscoll, 57, drove to Las Vegas as a part of a months-long mountaineering journey that he deliberate to soak up the Western a part of america.
Simply earlier than 4:30am, Driscoll was strolling with a girl, Nava Fuehrer, throughout the pedestrian bridge between The Cromwell and Bally’s on line casino in Las Vegas after they handed by a bunch of males, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
Thomas Driscoll (left), 57, a retired Connecticut State Police bomb squad member, was killed on Sunday after a random attacker threw a punch that knocked him backwards, inflicting the again of his head to hit the pavement on the Las Vegas Strip. The alleged attacker, Brandon Leath (proper), 33, has been arrested and charged with murder
The assault passed off at round 4:30am on Sunday on the backside of the escalator resulting in the pedestrian bridge that connects Bally’s and The Cromwell on the Las Vegas Strip. The picture above of the escalator and stairwell was taken in March 2020
In line with police, one of many males, Leath, made a comment as Driscoll and Fuehrer walked by.
Moments later, Leath started operating towards Driscoll and Fuehrer. Police allege that Leath ran down a flight of stairs as Driscoll and Fuehrer took a close-by escalator down from the bridge and onto Flamingo Highway.
Leath allegedly waited on the backside of the escalator for Driscoll and Fuehrer.
‘Leath set down his backpack and took a preventing stance,’ based on the police report.
As Driscoll walked towards Leath, Leath landed a punch, knocking Driscoll backward towards the pavement, based on police.
Driscoll lay on the bottom immobile. He was rushed to Dawn Hospital and Medical Middle, the place he was pronounced useless on Sunday.
Police have been in a position to determine Leath primarily based on an outline from surveillance footage. Leath was finally detained close to The Mirage.
After he was taken in for questioning by police, he acknowledged being within the neighborhood of the assault however denied throwing a punch.
Leath was arrested and charged with murder. He was booked into Clark County Detention Middle. As of Tuesday, he was held there with out bail.
A courtroom look is scheduled for Wednesday.
Leath is alleged to have a violent historical past. Two males instructed KVVU-TV that they reported him a number of occasions to the authorities in hopes of getting him arrested.
One man who remained nameless instructed the information station that Leath knocked him unconscious inside a comfort retailer.
The assault left him with blurred imaginative and prescient and complications.
‘I used to be in there doing somewhat procuring and he occurred to see me, and he confronted me about wanting his stuff,’ the sufferer recalled.
‘He knocked me out so now I’ve to see a health care provider about my potential concussion.’
Leath is seen on cellular phone video getting into a close-by condominium advanced, the place staffers declare he repeatedly trespassed into one among their models, claiming he had lived there.
One worker confirmed KVVU-TV a complete file on Leath that’s mentioned to doc a minimum of eight encounters within the final two months.
One worker mentioned that on a number of events police didn’t present up even after they have been referred to as to the scene.
One one event, Leath is alleged to have threatened an worker with a screwdriver.
The worker instructed KVVU-TV that Leath drove out one of many tenants after he tried to sexually assault her in a darkish parking zone.
Annie Chong, Driscoll’s ex-girlfriend, instructed DailyMail.com on Wednesday that she was instructed by police that Leath randomly attacked him, throwing one punch that landed and knocked him backward.
Chong, a Windsor, Connecticut-based actual property agent who has identified Driscoll for 20 years, mentioned that there was no method Driscoll may have provoked his attacker.
‘He doesn’t argue, so once I heard all about this I used to be shocked,’ she mentioned.
‘He’s not an argumentative particular person. He’s very laid again. He at all times calmed the state of affairs.
‘He was by no means a violent particular person. He doesn’t elevate his voice. He’s so calm.
‘There’s no method he may upset this assassin that might simply give him one punch and take his life away.’
‘Thomas Driscoll doesn’t know the killer who killed him and it was only a random factor,’ Chong instructed DailyMail.com.
‘He was one unfortunate one who walked by and we misplaced him.’
Chong mentioned she final spoke to Driscoll on Thursday.
‘He was telling us that he’s on the brink of get again on the [hiking] path, he acquired his license registered and he’s able to go,’ she mentioned.
When requested if she knew how he died, she responded: ‘One punch. I talked to the detective, and the post-mortem report reveals it’s one punch that knocked him down on the concrete ground.
‘That affect killed him.’
Chong mentioned she and her household are devastated on the loss. Regardless that she and Driscoll had not been courting for 10 years or so, he remained a continuing a part of the lives of her and her two sons.
‘Regardless that we separated now we have dinners collectively over the vacations, Thanksgiving, Christmas…he was at all times there,’ she mentioned.
Chong mentioned that Driscoll was ‘very real.’
‘Everyone who is aware of him will inform you that he’s a fantastic pal,’ she mentioned. ‘In the event you ask him to do one thing he’ll at all times be there.’
Chong mentioned that Driscoll’s physique will finally be cremated. His ashes will then be scattered in his favourite spot – a pond in Grey, Maine.
His ashes will probably be scattered along with these of his beloved black Labrador, Owen, who served alongside him within the Connecticut State Police.
‘It was simply laborious to consider that [the attacker] did that and I hope there’s justice and a most penalty for this Brendan Leath is what this household want to see,’ Chong mentioned.