RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The Reno Police Department has arrested a suspect for an incident that happened at the Bubinga Lounge at the Eldorado Hotel in December.
According to a press release, 25-year-old Stefan Johnson was arrested without incident on Thursday. He is charged with second-degree murder for using what police say was an excessive amount of bodily force against the victim, which caused injuries that resulted in his death.
On December 15, officers responded to the Eldorado Hotel in regards to a subject in custody for trespassing. Upon arriving, officers spoke to the male who was being detained and called for medical assistance due to an apparent medical problem. The subject was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Reno Police Detectives initiated a death investigation, while working in conjunction with the Washoe County District Attorney's Office. Upon review of the incident, it was determined that the victim had posted negative comments about the Bubinga Lounge security on social media, and he was denied entry into the club based on these comments. A verbal altercation ensued and the suspect, a Bubinga security officer, caused injuries to the victim.
An Eldorado spokesperson sent out this statement regarding the arrest:
"From the day of the incident and throughout the investigation, the Eldorado has fully cooperated with local law enforcement and we will continue to offer our full cooperation.
Given that criminal charges are now pending, the Eldorado is unable to provide further comment at this time."