LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge has ordered a mental health evaluation for a Kansas felon accused of robbing the Bellagio hotel-casino in Las Vegas of $43,500.
During Friday's hearing, 34-year-old Scott Carmitchel refused to speak as he sat in a wheelchair. His hands and feet were shackled, and he wore a mask to prevent him from spitting at anyone.
His court-appointed attorney told U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen that Carmitchel is even refusing to speak to her.
Leen says a mental evaluation is needed to determine whether Carmitchel is competent to stand trial.
He's accused of robbing a Bellagio casino cashier at gunpoint on July 25 and celebrating after the heist with prostitutes and a spending spree on the Las Vegas Strip.
Kansas Department of Corrections records show Carmitchel served time for battery against a law officer and a robbery in 1998, and he was sent to prison most recently a year ago for making a criminal threat. Formerly of Overland Park, Kansas, he was paroled in December.
The suspect arrested in an armed robbery at the Bellagio casino has been identified as a 34-year-old Kansas man with a criminal record who skipped out on his parole in May.
The Clark County Detention Center's website identified him Tuesday as Scott A. Carmitchel after he made an initial court appearance and his bail was set at $84,000.
Detectives say the man they originally identified as "John Doe" robbed a casino cashier of $43,500 at gunpoint Friday night and later paid prostitutes at another hotel with money still bound in Bellagio wrappers. He was arrested Saturday night.
Kansas Department of Corrections records show Carmitchel served time for battery against a law officer and a robbery in 1998, and he was sent to prison last year for making a criminal threat.
He was paroled in December and the department listed him as "absconded" with his whereabouts unknown as of May 29.