Man arrested following fatal altercation in South Point hotel room

Krista Hostetler

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Man arrested following fatal altercation in South Point hotel room

CREATED Dec. 17, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- An altercation this week led to the death of a man and the arrest of another.

On Dec. 16 just before 6:30 p.m., Las Vegas police responded to the 9700 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard, the South Point hotel-casino, to investigate reports of an altercation inside a hotel room.

Arriving officers met with hotel security personnel who had taken one individual, later identified as 22-year-old Matejs Balodis, a Latvian Citizen, into custody.

While this was occurring, other officers responded to the hotel room where they located a second male who was unconscious and unresponsive.

The man was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The investigation by homicide detectives revealed the two men had recently met and an attempted robbery may have led to the altercation within the hotel room.

According to the arrest report, Balodis called 911 to report a man had tried to take his credit card information and attacked him. He stated he beat the man, who was now passed out in the room.

Balodis told police he was in the United States as an exchange student from Denmark and was studying in Texas. He completed his studies and was making his way back to Europe before the holidays and had a layover in Las Vegas.

During the layover, he was befriended by a male, who identified himself as Sherman Dale Lamb. He told police Lamb originally appeared nice and helped Balodis get a room at the South Point, after his flight to New York was canceled.

While in their room, Balodis told police it became apparent that Lamb wanted to get his money and credit card pin number.

Balodis said he provided Lamb personal information and wanted to get it back. Lamb allegedly became upset over this and Balodis said he was scared for his safety.

The two became involved in a physical altercation, during which Balodis struck Lamb several times in the head the face. When Lamb passed out, Balodis called 911.

Balodis was arrested and booked into the Clark County Detention Center on the charge of open murder.

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