A 21-year-old woman allegedly stabbed her date inside a Nevada hotel room in retaliation for the death of an Iranian military leader killed in a US drone strike in 2020, authorities said.
Nika Nikoubin, 21, has been charged with attempted murder, two counts of battery and burglary of a business. She is being held on $60,000 bail.
Nikoubin and the man — whom she met on the dating website Plenty of Fish — agreed to meet at the Sunset Station Hotel and Casino in Henderson, on March 5, renting a room together, police in the city near Las Vegas said. The victim picked her up from her home and drove her to the hotel. Nikoubin apparently took a shower to freshen up and then went to the lobby to get orange juice to put in the alcohol the victim brought, according to the police report.
They pair both drank and then began having sex, Nikoubin climbed on top of the victim and put a blindfold on the man before turning off the lights.
Several minutes later, the victim felt Nikoubin reach over to the nightstand and suddenly the man “felt a pain on the side of his neck,” according to the report.
The victim then shoved Nikoubin off him and yelled, “What are you doing?” before she ran out of the hotel room and he called the police.
Police said she stabbed him in the neck “for revenge against US troops for the killing of Qassem Soleimani in 2020.”
The top general, who headed the expeditionary Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, had been responsible for the Islamic Republic’s foreign operations.
He gained prominence for advising Shiite paramilitary forces fighting ISIS in Iraq before it was defeated in 2017.
Authorities have provided no information about the victim, and it was not immediately clear why the alleged suspect chose him.
Creech Air Force base, just north of Las Vegas, is where the military flies many of the missions like the one that killed Soleimani.
Nikoubin admitted a hotel employee that she had just stabbed a man, according to cops.
She told an investigator “she wanted revenge,” saying she had listened to a song called “Grave Digger,” which “gave her the motivation … to carry out her revenge.” It is unclear which artist the song was by.
Nikoubin told detectives she only wanted to hurt the man, not kill him, the police report said.
Nikoubin was held on $60,000 bail pending a court appearance on March 24.
Authorities said Nikoubin has no ties to the Las Vegas community.
The victim’s condition was unavailable, but the police report said he was not transported to a hospital after the stabbing.