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Man arrested during 2018 Rio birthday party claimed to be former gang member

2 men arrested with guns
Posted at 4:35 PM, Aug 22, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — 13 Action News has obtained the arrests reports for 2 men who were placed in custody during a birthday party at the Rio in 2018.

The arrest report says that Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department received a report of a possible gang party inside the Rio shortly after 2 a.m. Aug. 19.

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Police officers and Rio security officers were able to locate a room in the hotel that had loud music and the smell of marijuana. Rio security told the occupants that they would need to leave the property.

During a pat-down in the hotel’s hallway, a police sergeant discovered guns in the Philip Semper’s waistband.

They also discovered a gun on Corey Johnson during the pat-down.

A records check revealed that neither man had a concealed weapons permit.

Semper reportedly told police that he was a former gang member and brought the guns for protection.

Johnson also admitted that he had a gun during an interview, but would not say why.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada has filed a lawsuit on the behalf of several people who were at the birthday party in 2018.

The people who were at the party are claiming that police and hotel staff violated their constitutional rights. The hotel guests say they were handcuffed and forced to sit in the hotel’s hallway for 6 hours before being released.

The police department told 13 Action News that it does not comment on pending litigation.

LVMPD told local media in 2018 that it had busted up a large gang party at the Rio. At that time, they said more than a dozen documented gang members were arrested and five firearms were confiscated.

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