53-year-old man commits suicide in Las Vegas casino
53-year-old John Noble killed himself at the M Resort Spa and Casino in Henderson, Nevada, because, he claimed, the casino took away his right to enjoy the free buffet they’d promised to provide him for life.
Casino patrons were understandably horrified at around 5pm on Easter Sunday when Noble walked into the M Resport Spa and Casino, put a gun to his forehead and pulled the trigger. Panic ensued as customers raced from the casino after they’d heard rumours that a man with a gun had been spotted. One person was taken to hospital with an injury as a result of the stampede.
One witness, a 21-year-old college student from Los Angeles named Marina Rizk, said she and her friends had just finished eating when people began to shout about a man with a gun in the line to enter the buffet.
“There were people in Easter dresses,” she said . “I remember this one little boy. I remember telling the family, ‘Get the baby. Run. There’s a guy with a gun.'”
It transpired that Noble had sent a suicide note to a local newspaper claiming that he had suffered depression as a result of the casino revoking the life-time free pass to the buffet he received in 2010. The suicide ‘note’ allegedly contained almost 300 pages, and also contained multiple photographs and a DVD.
In addition, there were claims the Noble had harassed several women who were apparently employees of the casino on social media for some time, and had even stalked one employee and threatened to kill himself if she rejected his advances.
The casino stated they revoked Noble’s free pass following complaints that he continually harassed the female employees there.
The police also stated it seemed likely that Noble had set his car on fire in the parking lot prior to his suicide.