Arrest Made At Bellagio Fountain After Swim Stops Water Show

Posted at 10:16 PM, Jul 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 08:50:42-04

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A water rescue at the Las Vegas Strip's iconic Bellagio fountain led to one man's arrest.

Las Vegas police said 39-year-old Manuel Acevedo-Gutierrez climbed over walls and swam to the fountain jets around 9 p.m. Thursday. The 8.5-acre man-made lake has been 7 feet deep on average and 14 feet at its deepest point.

The man, a transient, was arrested Thursday and faced misdemeanor trespassing and felony property damage charges.

A police report said officers heard Acevedo-Gutierrez yelling as he stood on fountain equipment pulling lights and spouts. Officers used an inflatable boat and swam to reach the man to arrest him.

Bellagio officials estimated at least $5,500 in damage.

A spokeswoman said the shows resumed and minor repairs were made.

It was not immediately clear if Acevedo-Gutierrez had a lawyer. 

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