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Suspect indicted in holdup, beating of man in Circus Circus parking lot

Updated Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 | 5:46 p.m.

Two people suspected in at least two armed robberies in December, including one in the parking lot of a Strip casino, were indicted today.

Corderrick McDowell, 22, and Renata Burden, 32, each were charged in the Clark County District Court indictments with more than a dozen felonies related to the robberies, including 17 counts each of possession of a credit card or debit card without the cardholder's consent.

Charges against McDowell, who prosecutors say has prior domestic violence convictions, also include battery with use of a deadly weapon resulting in substantial bodily harm and battery with intent to commit a crime using a deadly weapon.

Senior Judge Steven Kosach set bail for both defendants at $300,000.

According to a Metro Police arrest report:

On Dec. 27, a 64-year-old man was walking through the parking lot at Circus Circus when a dark-colored SUV pulled up and a man got out. The man, who police later determined was McDowell, pointed a handgun at the 64-year-old and then threw him to the ground.

With the victim struggling to escape, a second unnamed suspect got out of the SUV. The two suspects then began kicking and punching the victim. Eventually, the suspects took the man’s wallet, which had identification and debit cards.

The suspects got into the passenger side of the vehicle and it drove off.

At the time, Metro investigators were looking into a series of similarly staged robberies, including another on Dec. 27 at Rampart Casino parking garage. Video from that robbery led police to a 2001 Yukon registered to Burden.

Meantime, prosecutors said a female victim in her 50s was the victim during a Dec. 31 purse-snatching in which the woman was hit several times in the head with a firearm. The blows resulted in her getting 10 stitches, prosecutors said. The female victim identified McDowell in a photo lineup as her assailant, police said.

Additionally, police said a credit card taken from the woman's purse was used to purchase multiple items at a Wal-Mart on Nellis Boulevard. Surveillance video from the Wal-Mart showed Burden and McDowell, along with two other people, entering and exiting the store together on the day the unauthorized purchases were made.

It was not immediately apparent from court records or police reports where the robbery involving the female victim took place.

Burden and McDowell are due back in Clark County District Court for an arraignment Feb. 19.

The defendants remain in Clark County Detention Center, according to jail records.

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