A white male reportedly disguised himself as a black man to hide his true identity during an alleged armed robbery of a casino in Las Vegas just this January.
On January 10, Cameron James Kennedy, age 26, allegedly threatened a cashier to give him $23,637 from a casino cage at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino.
On January 25, Kennedy was arrested by Las Vegas Metro police and was charged with one count of armed robbery.
According to U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson, Kennedy had already been under federal supervision for federal charges and a criminal complaint, which mandated him to wear a GPS monitoring device. Police officers said that he cut off the device three hours before the casino robbery.
The cashier told the cops that she believed the suspect was really a white man because his skin tone was "off" and "blotchy". The suspect's face also appeared darker than usual as though he had wiped something off of his skin.
During the stickup, Kennedy (covered with black makeup) had with him a semi-automatic handgun as he said to the cashier, "I want all your hundreds and don't mess around. I am not kidding, I want all the hundreds."
Authorities initially placed Kennedy under federal supervision subsequently after he pled guilty to a series of bank robberies in 2012. Though he was released in June, he was arrested again in December after he purportedly tried to cash a fake check.
Investigators stated Kennedy had contacted a jewelry store and asked for a gold bracelet worth $1,500. He then spent money on food, hotel bills, debit card deposits using someone else's name, and he even bought marijuana.
On February 14, a witness informed police that Kennedy arrived at an apartment building wearing dark-colored clothes after the robbery occurred. The witness identified the suspect in a series of surveillance images.
Kennedy is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 26.
If convicted, the max penalty is 20 years behind bars plus a $250,000 fine.