Las Vegas, Nevada - A felon who disguised himself by applying dark colored makeup pleaded guilty Tuesday to armed robbery of a casino floor cashier cage at New York-New York Hotel and Casino, announced U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson of the District of Nevada.
Cameron James Kennedy, 27, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard F. Boulware, II to one count of interference with commerce by robbery. He faces the maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, at the December 13, 2018 sentencing hearing.
This is Kennedy’s second federal conviction. He was placed on federal supervision starting June 23, 2017, after serving a 63-month sentence for two bank robberies he committed in 2012. During those robberies, he threatened to kill a bank teller and displayed a BB gun painted to look like an actual gun. On January 9, 2018, less than seven months into his supervision, Kennedy cut off his GPS monitoring bracelet and absconded from court-ordered home confinement. About three hours later, at about 12:45 a.m. on January 10, Kennedy – while wearing makeup that darkened his skin tone – demanded money from a casino floor cage cashier at the New York-New York Hotel and Casino. He lifted his jacket to display what appeared to be a firearm in his waistband and told the cashier: “I want all your hundreds and don’t mess around.” He fled with approximately $23,367 in stolen cash. Kennedy was identified in spite of his attempt to conceal his identity, in part because of his unique gold mouth grill, which is a type of jewelry worn over a person’s teeth.
The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tony Lopez and Alexandra Michael are prosecuting the case.