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Male strippers tackle gunman at Vegas casino
A man who tried to steal costumes from the Las Vegas dressing room of an all-male revue show has been arrested after a backstage wrestling match with six dancers.
Police say the would-be burglar was armed with a .44 Magnum handgun and pointed the gun at the head of a Thunder From Down Under cast member before being subdued.
A booking photo released by Las Vegas police shows the man, identified only as John Doe, sporting a black eye and bruises to the face.
He needed hospital treatment after his arrest.
"The suspect definitely got the worst of it," said Las Vegas police officer Laura Meltzer.
Witnesses told police they saw the man walking around the Excalibur Hotel and Casino before Tuesday's show wearing a Swat team hat, fireman's shirt and police-style boots.
They said no one approached him because they thought he was a new dancer.
When confronted, the man allegedly told the show director that he bought the items for his girlfriend.
Performers later realised the items he wore had been taken from their dressing areas.
When the suspect pulled his gun, one cast member managed to jostle his hand. The bullet struck a wall, the gun fell to the floor and one employee was slightly hurt.
The man, who is thought to be in his 20s, is now in custody having been charged with felony attempted murder, armed robbery and burglary with a weapon.
He could face decades in prison if convicted.
Representatives of Thunder From Down Under, the chiselled and shirtless dance troupe which has been wowing crowds since 1991, have so far refused to comment.
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