HENDERSON, Nev.- Henderson Police said the number of people attacked by a man wielding a one-handed sledgehammer has grown to 10 after a bizarre attacking spree on Friday. Police said a few more people came forward and claimed 31-year-old Damien Robins attacked them.
Robins was arrested late Friday evening by Henderson Police, but police say he’s also accused of attacking people in nearby Boulder City. Officers say the attacks spanned an hour and began in Boulder City around 8 p.m. Friday when Robins allegedly ran another driver off the road on U.S. 93. Robins reportedly struck the man several times with a sledgehammer before driving away.
A short time later, officers said Robins ran another driver off of the roadway and also attacked that driver. Police said Robins then drove to Henderson, cut off a driver at Greenway Road and Horizon Drive, and then went after him with the sledgehammer. Robins reportedly then got back into his car and drove up Greenway Road to Heather Drive where he cut in front of an oncoming vehicle, according to police. The driver of that vehicle stopped and officers said Robins attacked her before again driving off. The woman in that car, 27-year-old Nicole Thompson, spoke to 8 News NOW by phone as she awaited surgery. Thompson said she was trying to drive to her Henderson-area home when a man, who police said was Robins, cut her off, got out of his car and approached her with a sledgehammer.
“He got out, holding something, a hammer in his hand,” Thompson said. “So, I was saying ‘Please, you have the wrong person, please, please, please,’ and he started hitting the car. I just started telling him you know, I don’t want to die, I have a child at home, and he just started hitting me in the face.” Thompson said her attacker could not be reasoned with. “He was just crazed,” she said. “I don’t know, he was just going and just hitting me.”
Thompson said eventually he walked away from the car and she was able to drive herself home, where she saw what had happened to her — three broken bones in her jaw and a broken finger. “I drove to my house, got of the car and walked into the house and saw a mirror and I realized, it was bad,” Thompson said. After Thompson’s attack, police say Robins drove to Foothill High School, hit a man with the hammer and took off as officers arrived to the scene.
Henderson Police said Robins drove to a Taco Bell restaurant on Horizon Drive and blocked a vehicle in the drive-thru before attacking that driver. According to police, the 31-year-old then sped off and pulled into a nearby neighborhood and cut off another vehicle. They said Robins smashed the car with the hammer. That driver wasn’t hurt, police said. Officers chased Robins until he was taken down by a K-9 officer on Arrowhead Canyon Drive.
“I’ve never seen anything like this in my career,” said Keith Paul, a spokesman for Henderson Police. “I’ve been in town for 15 years and I’ve never seen anything quite like this.” Robins is being held in the Henderson Detention Center and faces six counts of attempted murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon. Police said none of the people he allegedly attacked knew or had a connection with Robins. “They were all random acts,” Paul said. “There appear to be no relationship between the victims and the suspect.”
Boulder City and Henderson Police are investigating. Anyone with information in this case is urged to call police at 702-267-4750 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555