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Left Casino To Rob Bank So He Could Continue Gambling

Tags: Kerry Stephen Johnson, Mardi Gras Casino, robbery.
Posted on 10 August 2016 by "T".

The bank teller handed the robber an unspecified amount of money, but surveillance cameras were able to capture footage of his crime. On August 3 (Wednesday), Charleston police escorted Kerry Stephen Johnson (picture), age 52, to Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

Johnson is accused of robbing on Tuesday afternoon the City National Bank's branch on Bridge Road. He denied it and told police he was at the Mardi Gras Casino in Nitro playing blackjack when the robbery happened, but the cops say he briefly left the blackjack tables to rob the bank.

On August 2 (Tuesday), Johnson said he went to the Mardi Gras Casino in Nitro, West Virginia, around 10am until around 4:30pm, so he was there for over 6 hours.

However, police say that at around 3pm, he put down a $25 chip to hold his spot on the blackjack table, and left the casino. He then went to the City National Bank located in the South Hills neighborhood of Charleston, handed the unsuspecting tellers a note saying he had a weapon and a bomb, and had successfully robbed the bank. After that, he returned to the casino, resumed his spot at the blackjack table, and continued gambling.

Moments after the Tuesday afternoon bank robbery incident, police received an anonymous tip that a male matching the description of the robber (as given by the bank tellers) resided on Churchill Drive in South Hills. When they went to the house they spotted a green Mazda Miata, the exact same car that the robber fled in, as stated in the complaint. Johnson was inside the house, asleep.

When the cops searched the house, they found a blue-gold West Virginia University hat and a white towel, similar items that the robber wore during the robbery. They also found a yellow legal pad, exactly the same type of paper used during the robbery (as mentioned above, he handed a note to the tellers that he had a bomb and a weapon).
Last but not least, the police found "a large sum of US currency" stuffed between the couch cushions.
Police stated that the cash taken during the bank robbery was later spotted at the blackjack table where Johnson had been playing on.

Walking toward the court, Johnson said he had no recollection of the events that the cops described in a criminal complaint and therefore he was not guilty.
On the afternoon of August 3, Johnson was arraigned and charged with one count of felony bank robbery. If convicted, he faces 10 to 20 years in prison and is being held pending a $50,000 cash bond.

Johnson, whilst being arraigned, said that he earns around $10,000 a month, but currently has no money.



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7 comments on "Left Casino To Rob Bank So He Could Continue Gambling"

 doubletop77710/08/2016 08:59:31 GMT
This is like a story from a movie and this guy deserves to go to jail if he did do it. To go rob a bank and then go back and play Blackjack like nothing untoward has happened is staggering
 shokaku10/08/2016 09:12:10 GMT
That is what i call determination. No money left? Go to the bank and get new stuff. And it is really like a plot directly out of Hollywood. Only in a movie, the robbers usually act a little bit smarter than that guy here.
 damosk10/08/2016 21:06:40 GMT
Crazy story..... It doesn't even say whether he won at the blackjack table or whether all of the money he took from the bank ended up in the hands of the casino.... Surely it wasn't all stuffed into the sofa...... Any ways...I was wondering which mobster may end up doing something like this? Any suggestions?
 Mober10/08/2016 21:33:04 GMT
This is what i call stupidity, not determination.
And i believe i can say with ease, that it is one of the definitions of it.
Just pack it and go home. I bet he lost the money he got from the bank also Smile
And the funny thing is that he was playing blackjack. You need to be able to think
straight to play this game and win...
 bowie198410/08/2016 22:48:24 GMT
Somebody please enlight me with knowledge about what specific advantages someone someone could have with holding his/her spot at a blackjack table...
I mean I get it when you go to the toilet or something you want your seat back, but if you spent six hours there loosing fairly much already it's not like your spot will rapidly become hot as hell and blackjacks will start falling out of the sky all of a sudden.
 pochui11/08/2016 08:17:56 GMT
now there's a creative soul... why bother taking a loan or begging for money your fellow degen gamblers while instead of going to the wc for a quick pee you can head to a nearby bank and take out a non returnable loan, it's a sort of bank's funding scheme for gamblers in need.
 Tony_MON7ANA11/08/2016 09:57:18 GMT
People do crazy things when they are desperate. This is one extreme example. It all comes down to ego. No one wants to look cheap. Everyone wants to look good. The reality is no one gives a damn about it.

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