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New Charges Filed Against Casino Holdup Suspect

A Nevada judge has agreed to accept new robbery charges against the so-called Bellagio bandit,  29-year-old Anthony Carleo. 

Judge Ann Zimmerman accepted an amended criminal complaint that adds two charges of robbery with a deadly weapon to the mound of charges already facing Carleo.

Carleo’s lawyer, William Terry, objected to the new charges.

Carleo previously faced charges of armed robbery, assault, burglary and carrying a concealed weapon for allegedly storming into the casino in December with a gun and demanding the chips.

Carleo appeared in court  for a preliminary hearing where a Bellagio boxman, George Pappas, recounted the high-profile, but poorly planned heist.

Carleo is the son of Municipal Court Judge George Assad, although no family members were in attedance in the courtroom.

The hearing was continued so the defense can interview witnesses. Carleo’s bail was set for $1 million and a status check will be held on March 9.


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