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Man arrested in Texas back in Las Vegas in casino picnic killing

Updated Tuesday, June 26, 2018 | 6:07 p.m.

Anthony Wrobel

Anthony Wrobel

A former casino employee who was arrested in Texas following the killing of a co-worker and wounding of another at a company picnic in April has been returned to Nevada to face murder and other charges, authorities said.

Anthony J. Wrobel, 42, was booked early Tuesday into the Clark County jail in Las Vegas following his extradition from Oldham County, Texas, according to jail records.

Wrobel was scheduled to appear before a judge Wednesday on a warrant charging him with murder, attempted murder and battery with a weapon in the April 15 killing of Venetian casino operations executive Mia Banks and wounding of casino table games director Hector Rodriguez.

Wrobel is expected to have a lawyer appointed to his case and a date set for a preliminary hearing of evidence.

Authorities said Wrobel planned a getaway and drove away from the park in his distinctive black and purple Dodge Charger, which was later found at nearby McCarran International Airport.

Police say he drove to Utah, where he stole a license plate in Cedar City and drove to Texas.

Police have not said where investigators thought Wrobel was going, but said they believed he acted alone in the slayings.

He was arrested April 19 after the stolen license plate was spotted by a sheriff's deputy on a Cadillac parked at a rest stop off Interstate 40 not far from the New Mexico state line. Wrobel was found sleeping inside the car with a 9mm handgun at his side, but he surrendered without incident, police said.

A one-page note that police said expressed anger at Venetian casino management was found on a coffee table at Wrobel's home in Las Vegas, according to a police arrest report. The exact contents were not made public.

Police said Rodriguez and witnesses from the picnic told officers they knew Wrobel from the Venetian, where Banks and Rodriguez worked since it opened in 1999 and Wrobel worked as a table games dealer for 14 years.