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Suspect in car attack describes seeing ‘demons’

September 24, 2005

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— A man accused of killing two tourists and injuring 12 others on the Las Vegas Strip told police he steered his car into the crowd on the sidewalk because they were staring at him like demons.

Stephen M. Ressa, 27, also told police he saw people with their hands in their pockets and thought they might be armed with guns, according to an arrest report obtained Friday by The Associated Press.

"They were staring at him like they were 'demons,'" the report said. "Ressa admitted he became angry at them, and intentionally steered the vehicle toward them."

Ressa, of Rialto, Calif., was arrested Wednesday shortly after the car barreled through the crowd and crashed into a cement barrier in front of Bally's hotel-casino. He was being held without bail on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

Six of the victims remained hospitalized Friday, with one listed in serious condition.

Ressa is also suspected in a near-fatal attack on his mother two days before the crash, though he has not been charged in that case. His father said the family had been "living in fear" of Ressa, a former star baseball player, and had tried to get him treatment and counseling.

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