Las Vegas residents are pondering two bizarre, separate cases of peculiar human behaviour, each weird in its own way.
Firstly, a young woman returning from a trip to Vegas, City of Lights, has been arrested for allegedly sexually molesting another female passenger on the flight home.
Secondly, in an unconnected case, authorities are investigating the conduct of a teenager accused of using a Las Vegas high-wire zip-line attraction to urinate on tourists below from 10 storeys in the air, while travelling at up to 60 kph.
In the sex abuse matter, police allege that a 26-year-old woman flying from Las Vegas to Portland, Oregon, touched the breasts and genitals of a woman sitting next to her on the flight. The alleged victim has told investigators that the contact was not consensual.
The suspect and the victim were travelling on an Alaska Airlines flight, which was met by police on landing. After interviewing the complainant, police arrested the suspect, charged her with “third-degree sexual abuse” and took her to the Multnomah County jail. Bail was set at USD 2500.
Was alcohol was a factor? That is still unclear, according to reports.
The other strange Vegas event descended from the skies in the form of a sudden unwelcome sprinkling. A 15-year-old boy riding a zipline (a high-wire attraction sometimes called a flying fox) stands accused of urinating on people while he travelled at high speed.
The incident happened on the SlotZilla zip-line, located at the Fremont Street Experience, a 24-hour entertainment complex a few blocks from the Las Vegas Strip.
A spokesman for the SlotZilla attraction confirmed to FOX 5 Las Vegas that the youth had “drenched the people below”.
The channel quoted a tourist from Honolulu saying pedestrians thought the liquid was “some sort of water, maybe some drinks or beer,” until they realised the unpleasant truth.
The teenager’s parents are reported to have apologised for the incident. Confusion remains over whether the boy’s action was a prank or some sort of uncontrollable accident.
Written by Peter Needham