Nika Nikoubin was arrested after she stabbed her date in a Nevada hotel room. The 21-year-old was seeking revenge for the 2020 death of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike.
Nikoubin was charged with attempted murder, burglary, and two counts of battery with a deadly weapon. She is currently being held on $60,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in Nevada court on March 24.
According to reports, the stabbing happened at the Sunset Station Hotel and Casino in Henderson, Nev. on March 5. Nika Nikoublin and her date met on Plenty of Fish and agreed to rent a room together on the 14th floor. After the couple began having sex, the 21-year-old put a blindfold over her date’s face and turned off the lights.
The man, who has not been named, said after a couple of minutes he “felt a pain on the side of his neck.” Nika Nikoubin had stabbed him in retaliation of the death of Suleimani. After the stabbing, the man pushed the 21-year-old woman off him and ran out of the Nevada hotel room to call 911.
Police were called to the hotel around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night. The man’s condition is unknown, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Nika Nikoubin also ran out of the hotel room and told a member of the staff that she had just stabbed a man. The woman later told police that she had stabbed him to get “revenge against U.S. troops for the killing of Qasem Suleimani in 2020,” according to police reports.
Nikoubin also told police that she “wanted to get revenge,” and that she had listened to a song called “Grave Digger,” which “gave her the motivation… to carry out her revenge.” She told police that she only wanted to hurt the man, not kill him. According to police, Nika Nikoubin has no connection to the Las Vegas area.
“She advised that there are injustices, in particular the killing of Qasem Soleimani in Iran,” homeland security detectives reported. “Nikoubin stated she wanted revenge.”
It is unclear if Nika Nikoubin had any personal connection to Qasem Soleimani or his work with the Iranian government.
According to reports, the U.S. drone strike killed Iranian military general Qasem Soleimani on Jan. 3, 2020, in Baghdad. Since then, many of his supporters have spoken out against his death. On the one-year anniversary of the U.S. drone strike, Gen. Hossein Salami spoke at a ceremony at Tehran University and talked about how Iran wasn’t afraid of retaliation and revenge.
He said, “Today, we have no problem, concern or apprehension toward encountering any powers. We will give our final words to our enemies on the battlefield.”
Brig. Gen. Esmail Ghaani, who replaced Qasem Soleimani after his 2020 death, also spoke during the ceremony. He said that Iran was not afraid to hurt those that had wronged them, he didn’t mention the United States directly. “Inside your own home, there might be those who want to respond to the crime that you committed,” Ghaani said according to The New York Post.
After the ceremony, Iran’s Foreign Ministry tweeted about Soleimani’s death. The account said, “By committing a craven act of terror against Gen Soleimani, the U.S. violated int’l law & the UN Charter in a blatant violation of Iraqi sovereignty. The U.S.’ lawlessness in full show. #Iran won’t rest until bringing those responsible to justice.”
The investigation into the Nevada stabbing and Nika Nikoubin are still ongoing.