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November 22, 2014

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Federal charges filed against Bellagio robbery suspect

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Scott Carmitchel is shown in a booking photo. Carmitchel has been violent and unwilling to cooperate while in custody, police said.

Prosecutors have filed federal charges against the man accused of robbing the Bellagio and a Las Vegas bank last week.

Scott Carmitchel, 34, a convicted felon from Kansas, was charged with one count of armed bank robbery in which he stole $4,355 from a City National Bank branch and one count of interference with commerce by robbery in the theft of $45,500 from the Bellagio, according to the Justice Department in a release today.

The federal complaint alleged that Carmitchel robbed the City National Bank, 2320 E. Tropicana Ave., at 8:55 a.m. July 22. He threatened a bank teller with an orange-tipped gun and ordered the victim to fill a small black backpack with money, the complaint said.

At 8:15 p.m. July 25, Carmitchel robbed the Bellagio, again threatening an employee with an orange-tipped gun and forcing the victim to fill a small black backpack with money, the complaint said.

Metro Police were able to link Carmitchel to the robberies via surveillance video. A later search of Carmitchel's hotel room revealed a large sum of money and a 6 mm BB gun with an orange tip, the complaint said.

Carmitchel refused to identify himself after being taken into custody, although he did identify himself as the man on surveillance videos of both robberies.

He is scheduled to make his first appearance at 3 p.m. Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen.

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