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Bellagio robbery suspect bound, gagged in court

LAS VEGAS -- The suspect in the Bellagio casino armed robbery attended court bound and gagged Wednesday morning for his initial court appearance.

Scott Carmitchel, 34, of Kansas had to be brought to the Las Vegas Justice Court in restraints after becoming combative with Metro Police officers.

Carmitchel is accused of robbing the casino of $43,500 and the going on a spending spree with prostitutes. 

He is also facing charges in federal court. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Carmitchel is being charged with one count of armed bank robbery and one count of interference with commerce by robbery.

Carmitchel is accused of robbing a bank on East Tropicana Avenue on July 22. He apparently used a gun with an orange tip during the robbery.







Police release video of mall shooting

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police have released surveillance video of the shooting inside the Fashion Show Mall.

The video shows the confrontation between the two groups of young men that lead to one young man getting shot in the neck. Everyone involved, including the victim, left the mall. The man who was shot took himself to MountainView Hospital, where he was transferred to Sunrise Hospital trauma.

Police are still trying to identify the men involved in the July 15 shooting. Police say some of the people involved are known gang members, but the shooting does not appear to be gang motivated. Gang detectives believe the suspect is seen getting into the passenger side of the black coupe that is featured at the end of the video.

Police ID suspect in Bellagio robbery

Scott Carmitchell

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police have identified the suspect arrested for robbing a Bellagio casino cashier as 34-year-old Scott Carmitchel of Kansas.

He is being charged with robbery, burglary while in possession of a gun, grand larceny and two counts of battery on a police officer. Those charges came after police say he was extremely combative with correction officers at the Clark County Detention Center.

According to officers, Carmitchel refused to cooperate in any way with officers during the booking process.

Police say at around 8:30 p.m. Friday, Carmitchel used a gun to take $43,500 from the casino. He later paid prostitutes at another hotel near the Strip with money still bound in Bellagio wrappers. They say he spent about $10,000 on a high-end shopping spree after claiming he found a bag of cash in the Bellagio parking lot.

Police arrest suspect in Bellagio robbery

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department say they have arrested a person in the Bellagio Hotel robbery which took place Friday night.

Police say the man was taken into custody after officers responded to the scene of a suspicious person who checked into a hotel late Saturday night. The SWAT team was called to the hotel on Paradise near Harmon to help take the man into custody.

Metro police say the man was booked into Clark County Detention Center as John Doe. He faces charges of robbery with use of a deadly weapon and burglary with use of a deadly weapon.

His photo has not yet been released.

Detectives have also found the person of interest they previously named in the case, Jesse Jones, is no longer involved in the crime.

Police arrest man for Bellagio Robbery

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police have arrested a man they believe robbed the Bellagio cage at gunpoint Friday, but have yet to identify the suspect.

According to police documents, the man has also been linked to a bank robbery. He is being referred to as John Doe.

The suspect was arrested Saturday at the Hard Rock Hotel. He's accused of walking into the Bellagio Friday night and taking $43,000 at gunpoint.

When police caught up with Doe, they found a BB gun that matched the description of the one used in the robbery. Cash allegedly from the robbery was also found in his room.

The man had no identification on him but told police his name was Scott Rice.  H also told police he was the man in Bellagio surveillance video but did not remember committing any robbery.

'Mamma Mia!' closing on Strip after just 3 months

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The hit Broadway musical "Mamma Mia!" is closing early next month after only three months on the Las Vegas Strip.

The show, which features the music of Abba, will go dark after Aug. 3.

The Tropicana casino had welcomed the musical into a newly remodeled, 1,100-seat theater in May. Tickets ranged in price from $49 to $135.

"Mamma Mia!" has enjoyed success around the world, including a nearly six-year run at the Mandalay Bay casino that ended in 2008. It has grossed more than $600 million in the U.S. and is one of the longest-running shows on Broadway.

David Kirvin of public relations firm Kirvin Doak said the decision to close was a difficult one and happened in spite of "the very best efforts" of the musical and casino teams.



Dancer gets 10 years to life in ex's murder

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas judge has given a former Las Vegas Strip performer the maximum sentence for killing and dismembering his dancer ex-girlfriend in 2010.

Judge Kathleen Delaney sentenced Jason Omar Griffith to 10 years to life, with a possibility of parole in 10 years, during a hearing Wednesday morning. Griffith was found guilty of second-degree murder in May for killing Debora Flores Narvaez.

Flores' family spoke at Wednesday's hearing. They begged the judge for the maximum sentence.

"He took her from her friends, canceled her dreams and future plans, my last I love you and a kiss on the forehead," said Celeste Flores Narvaez, her sister.