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Las Vegas Woman Who Stabbed Blind Date Avoids Prison, Claims Hallucinations in New Book

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, August 31, 2023 4:48 pm

LAS VEGAS – Nika Nikoubin, a 23-year-old woman, who stabbed her blind date in a Las Vegas-area hotel room in an act she claims was motivated by retaliation for a U.S. drone strike that killed an Iranian leader, has released a self-published book titled “Who is Nika Nikoubin? A Bloody Las Vegas Hotel Story.” The incident, which occurred on March 5, 2022, led to Nikoubin avoiding prison time and instead receiving three years of probation.

According to the book, Nikoubin stated that she was hallucinating and believed she was in an episode of the TV show “Homeland” during the incident. The book sheds light on her ongoing mental health struggles, including diagnoses of severe depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.

The victim, a former co-worker who met Nikoubin on the dating website Plenty of Fish, suffered multiple stab wounds during their encounter at a Las Vegas-area hotel. Nikoubin turned off the lights and cut the man’s neck while he was blindfolded.

Photos presented to a grand jury displayed puncture wounds on the victim’s neck. Nikoubin compared her actions to actress Salma Hayek’s role in the movie “From Dusk Till Dawn.” She claimed to have felt powerful and described dancing like Hayek’s character.

Nikoubin’s book also delves into her motivation, claiming that she sought revenge for a U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani in 2020. She believed she was a character in the TV show “Homeland.”

Throughout the book, Nikoubin reflects on her trauma from an earlier sexual assault and her desire to heal and advocate for mental health. Despite facing probation and restrictions, Nikoubin has continued her artistic pursuits and involvement in fitness instruction.

District Court Judge Carli Kierny allowed Nikoubin to serve her probation in Texas and ordered her to complete 100 hours of probation. While Nikoubin aims to move forward as a mental health advocate, her case highlights the complexities of mental health and its intersection with criminal justice proceedings.

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