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Top Aussie Vegas show cast overpowers crazed gunman

March 24, 2014 Destination North America, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Tourists visiting Las Vegas are increasingly fond of Thunder from Down Under, a male review show at the Excalibur on the Strip, featuring bronzed and buffed Aussie blokes. The beefy Aussies have just beaten a robber who came at them with a .44-calibre pistol.

Police say a man dressed like a member of the male dance crew sneaked backstage at Excalibur and pulled a handgun on the real dancers. After a brief fight with “the blokes” (the show’s name for its dancers) and a few of their mates, the bandit was disarmed. He left in handcuffs with a black eye, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.Thunder from Down Under

Police say several of the entertainers confronted the man, who was spotted wearing a police hat and shoes and a fireman’s shirt – similar to the Australian-themed show’s costumes.

Witnesses apparently thought he was a new addition to the troupe, until a few items of property were found missing and a fight broke out between the man, the blokes and some support crew.

Police say the man then pulled a gun, yelled “I got a gun, I’m gonna shoot,” and pointed the .44 Magnum pistol at “Thunder” employee Scott Berchtold’s head. Police allege he pulled the trigger, but someone pushed the gun as it fired and the bullet hit the wall.

The intruder was taken to hospital, where police say he was violent and had to be sedated. He appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine when he was arrested, police said.

The man, identified later as  Joey Kadmiri, 24, of Las Vegas, faces charges of attempted murder with a deadly weapon, attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, and burglary with a deadly weapon.

Police seized an unregistered .44 Magnum handgun and a box of .44-round ammunition as evidence.

Attempted murder is prosecuted as a category B felony in Las Vegas. The sentence on conviction is 2 to 20 years in prison.

The long-running Thunder from Down Under male strip and dance show is billed as “The Ultimate Girl’s Night Outback”. Its website features a photo of the male show members with the Sydney Opera House in the background and the following proud boast: “Thunder From Down Under has served over 10 million women over the past 22 years.”

Written by Peter Needham

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