According to an arrest report, a man was accused of attempting to rob a casino cashier's cage who lost $5,000 while gambling it all away.
On August 3 Thursday, Richard Watkins, age 41, pointed his handgun below the iron cage bars at the Silver Sevens casino, located at 4100 Paradise Road. He threatened to shoot, demanded money from the staff and fired one round prior to being subdued by casino security guards. Police were called to the casino at around 9:55pm on reports of a robbery in progress.
Watkins recently lost his job and money while betting at a sports bookmaker. The arrest report stated, "Watkins was clearly upset that he lost money and blamed the state of Nevada for allowing casinos to take his money."
Staff behind the cage went down for cover and one of them activated a silent alarm as Watkins, who wore a mask at the time, pointed the gun and said, "Give me all $100 bundles." After threatening them, he then fired one round that missed the staff and instead hit a door behind them.
The sound of the gunshot was heard by a security guard, who quickly went to the cashier's cage and aimed his gun at Watkins, requesting him to drop his weapon and reach for the ground. Watkins hesitantly went down to the floor, then a bartender jumped over a bar and landed on Watkins' back, held him down until more security guards appeared at the scene. Afterwards, police arrived and took him into custody.
Watkins faces many charges such as attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, attempted murder, and attempted burglary while in possession of a deadly weapon. As of August 8 Tuesday he is imprisoned in Clark County Detention Center and was held without bail.