Suspects accused of stabbing The Duke of Fremont Street to appear in court
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- New information on a story Action News first told you about two years ago. The two suspects involved in a stabbing near the state line disappeared along with the money they stole. New developments may put away those accused of the crime.
The suspects in this crime are finally in custody and facing several felony counts. Their victim is a well-known figure at the poker tables. He spoke about the near fatal event he calls the worst day of his life, but also the luckiest.
"I didn't do anything that I'm ashamed of. I didn't do anything that was illegal. However, it wasn't something that I want to go through again," says Ron Wall, also known as "The Duke of Fremont Street."
He is something of a Las Vegas institution.
"I was born for Vegas. I mean Vegas is my kind of town," he says.
He makes a living playing poker.
"My preference is the golden era, the golden age of Las Vegas," he says.
It's that persona of an old time good-fella -- the fedora and the pinstriped suit, the gangster car -- that makes him so recognizable in the community.
"It's a cross between a movie star and a gangster. The irony is I've never starred in a movie, and I've never committed a crime," says The Duke.
But The Duke is expecting to go to court this week as a victim to testify in a stabbing that happened at Whiskey Pete's in Primm, Nevada.
"I went with the premise of buying gold and it was a set up," he recalls.
Court documents say Edmond Price and Victoria Edelman attacked The Duke stabbing him and beating him with "a clothing iron," "lamp," "moving dolly," and the "lid to a toilet tank."
"I had no hope of ever getting out of that room alive. I had already written myself off and said my prayers," says The Duke.
Left hogtied in the hotel room, The Duke told police he used the knife he was stabbed with to cut his bonds and escape and then contacted hotel security.
By the time police showed up, the two suspects -- Price and Edelman -- had left with more than $137,000 and two .38 Smith and Wesson guns belonging to The Duke.
"I trusted the wrong person and made the wrong move. One false move and you're out. I turned my back on the wrong person and it almost cost me my life," he says.
Earlier this month, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed the two suspects were arrested in Paso Robles, California and brought back to Nevada. Although he looks like he runs with the mafia, The Duke says ...
"This isn't the old days. There is no vendettas. It's going to be handled within the law."
The trial for Edmond Price is set to start Monday morning. He's facing several felony counts including conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping, and robbery. For now, The Duke plans on living every moment of the rest of his life to the fullest.