Bus security guard facing murder charge in death of passenger in North Las Vegas

Anthony Villanueva is charged with open murder after allegedly getting into a fight with an 82-year-old man on a bus in Nov. 2018. (Photo: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police)

A bus security guard is facing an open murder charge after he allegedly fought and injured an 82-year-old passenger in North Las Vegas last year.

An arrest report for Anthony Villanueva states he got into an altercation with the passenger, identified by the Clark County Coroner's office as Charles Adams, on Nov. 14 in the 2300 block of N. Las Vegas Boulevard.

According to the report, investigators reviewed surveillance video of the fight. Villanueva asked Adams to move his walker out of the aisle. Adams did so but used "coarse language," and the two began trading insults.

When the bus came to a stop, Villanueva told Adams to get off, "and did so in a manner that conveyed he wanted to engage in a physical fight outside," the report states.

Villanueva appeared to continue trying to challenge Adams to a fight, police say. Adams swung a belt at Villanueva, and Villanueva then allegedly grabbed him, pushed him off the bus and landed on top of him.

Adams was taken to a hospital, where he spent about a month before being transferred to hospice, police say. He died while in hospice on Dec. 21.

"It was apparent to me that Villanueva provoked an assault through his words and actions," police wrote in the arrest report.

Villanueva told police during an interview that he knew Adams from other incidents, and that he lost his cool. Villanueva said the fall was the result of an accident, and that he did not want to seriously injure Adams.

Villanueva has been charged with open murder. Jail records indicate he is being held in Clark County Detention Center on $500,000 bail.

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