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Arrest made 2 years after violent attack on Roberto's cook

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Posted at 2:19 PM, Jun 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-20 17:37:00-04

Las Vegas police have arrested the man they believe is partly responsible for a vicious attack 2 years ago on an employee of a Roberto's Taco Shop near Vegas Drive and Rainbow Boulevard.

According to the arrest report, 2 employees were injured in the incident. Marcos Mendiola, who was employed as a cook at the time, suffered serious injuries from being stabbed 17 times.

Mendiola and the other employee were behind a counter on June 20, 2017 when two adult males and one adult female came into the restaurant.

One of the customers asked for something not on the menu and one of the employees told him that he could not accommodate the request.

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The customers immediately became upset and another employee approached to ask if he could be of assistance.

That employee decided to accommodate the request in an effort to calm the customers down.The customers initially calmed down but became upset again while the employees behind the counter were preparing the food.

Mendiola told the customers to stop yelling at him. The two men then came around the counter and began to punch him in the face and body. One of the men then began to stab the employee while the other man continued to punch him.

The other employee was also punched when he tried to help.

After Mendiola fell to the ground due to being stabbed, he called 911. It was at this point that the 2 men and woman ran out and hopped into a car.

Police received a tip about two weeks after the incident. That person gave them a name used on social media. Police were able to locate the person, now identified as 25-year-old Elbrixsth Arroyo, on social media and determined he was the person who was punching the victims, but not the person who did the stabbing.

A photo line-up was shown to the cook. He was able to pick Arroyo as the man who was punching him and the other employee.

At this time, only Arroyo has been identified. The man who stabbed the cook and their female companion have not been located. Arroyo is facing charges of conspiracy to commit battery with a deadly weapon and battery with use of deadly weapon.