Las Vegas suspect's father was bank robber on FBI Most Wanted list

Las Vegas Shooter Moved To Nevada For Video Poker, Brother Says

Las Vegas shooting suspect Stephen Paddock's brother, Eric Paddock, told reporters about their father's criminal past outside his Orlando, Fla. home on Monday.

The father of the man suspected of carrying out the Las Vegas mass shooting was arrested in OR in 1978 after appearing on the FBI's Most Wanted Fugitives list.

He escaped with over $4,600.

The oldest of four children, Paddock was 7 when his father was arrested for the robberies.

He said that Mr. Paddock, who was called Bingo Bruce, never spoke about his past - not about his family, how he came to OR or his life as a bank robber.

A run-in with police in 1971 while he hid out in Las Vegas was reported in newspapers from the time, he escaped after driving towards Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

During a court appearance, Paddock testified that he would have fled the jail "if they had been lax enough to let me go".


In 1960, Paddock was arrested for robbing a bank in Phoenix, Ariz.

He wound up on the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list between 1969 and 1977 with his notoriety earning him the nicknames "Big Daddy", "Chromedome" and "Old Baldy".

More than 50 people were killed and at least 406 injured when a crazed gunman opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas. He also tried to build a new life as the manager of a "bingo parlor" in Oregon. He died twenty years later in 1998.

About six months later, Benjamin Paddock was placed on the FBI's Most Wanted list and the Federal Bureau of Investigation described him as a "diagnosed psychopath and is considered 'extremely unsafe, '" the Arizona Republic reported June 11, 1969. I hardly know the family, but Steve is a nice boy.

He reportedly escaped from prison on Christmas Eve in 1968 and robbed another bank in San Francisco six months later, an archive of the Eugene Register-Guardshows. "Paddock has been described as a glib, smooth-talking "confidence man" who is egotistical and arrogant", the Daily Standard of Missouri would later report.

Stephen Paddock's father launched a violent attack in Las Vegas decades ago, with chilling parallels to his son's massacre in the same city. Patrick was then convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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