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Vegas 'Thunder' melee suspect refuses court appearance

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Booking photo for a "John Doe" suspect in the March 18, 2014 melee inside Excalibur hotel-casino. He was later identified as Joey Kadmiri. (LVMPD) Booking photo for a "John Doe" suspect in the March 18, 2014 melee inside Excalibur hotel-casino. He was later identified as Joey Kadmiri. (LVMPD)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

The man who police said opened fire during a fight in a backstage area of an all-male dance revue on the Las Vegas Strip refused to appear for his initial court date Friday.

Joey Kadmiri, 24, was scheduled for his initial 72-hour hearing on charges of attempted murder with a deadly weapon, burglary while in possession of a gun, discharging a gun within a structure, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and six counts of robbery with a deadly weapon.

The charges stem from Kadmiri's arrest at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino Tuesday night.

The court appearance was rescheduled for March 28.

According to an arrest report, Kadmiri was seen wandering around the backstage and auditorium area of the show wearing a SWAT hat, shoes and a firefighter's shirt. Several people noticed him but just assumed he was a new dancer. As the dancers began dressing for the show, several of them noticed they were missing pieces of their costumes and makeup.

One of the dancers noticed a suitcase and show props outside of a dressing room, according to the report. The suitcase was filled with dance costumes belonging to the show. As the dancer and show director were inspecting the suitcase, the man approached them and said, "What are you doing? I just bought all that stuff for my girlfriend."

According to the report, a struggle ensued between several dancers and Kadmiri. It said that was when Kadmiri pulled out a .44-caliber gun and pointed it at a dancer's head. It said someone pushed the gun away from the dancer's head just as a round was fired.

Police said the shot hit a wall, and debris from the wall hit one of the dancers in the face. They said the dancers continued struggling with Kardmiri until he was detained by security and eventually taken into custody by Metro officers.

None of the dancers was seriously injured in the melee.

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