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Police: Robbery suspect in Laughlin first tried Golden Nugget

Captain Nicole Splinter of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department provides preliminary information on an attempted armed robbery that occurred Monday, Aug. 19 at Aquarius Casino in Laughlin, Nevada. (Photo courtesy of LVMPD)

Captain Nicole Splinter of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department provides preliminary information on an attempted armed robbery that occurred Monday, Aug. 19 at Aquarius Casino in Laughlin, Nevada. (Photo courtesy of LVMPD)

KINGMAN – The now-deceased subject who allegedly tried to rob the casino cage at Aquarius Casino in Laughlin Monday, Aug. 19 may have first tested the waters at the Golden Nugget Casino, according to Captain Nicole Splinter of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

“Just before 1 (a.m.) this morning (Monday, Aug. 19), a male subject entered the Golden Nugget casino in Laughlin, walked up to the cashier’s cage, put a firearm on the counter and demanded money,” the captain said in providing an initial scene briefing. “The cashier refused, and the subject consequently left.”

That’s when the subject headed to Aquarius and tried again, in the same manner, to have the cashier hand over money. A security officer happened to be in the area while the subject was at Aquarius, which reportedly made the subject nervous as he then walked away. The cashier then told the security officer of the attempted robbery, at which time the security officer radioed his partners in the area.

“Several security officers then followed the subject out to the parking lot,” Splinter explained. “The subject confronted one of the security officers, pointed his firearm at him and fired a round.”

The security officer was not injured by the shot. LVMPD officers then responded to the scene after receiving a call regarding the incident. They arrived to find the subject getting into his vehicle, and proceeded to contain the vehicle in the parking lot.

“For several hours, negotiations continued and multiple efforts were made to peacefully resolve the situation,” she said. “Just after 7 (a.m.) this morning (Monday, Aug. 19), the suspect exited the vehicle with the firearm in hand, raising it toward our officers. Officers fired upon the suspect, he was struck, and was pronounced deceased at the scene.”

Additional information is expected via a media brief complete with additional evidence and body camera video within the next few days.

Information provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

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