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Bellagio Robber who died after Shootout with Police ID'd, Committed Same Crime in 2017

Tags: Bellagio, las vegas, Michael Charles Cohen, robbery.
Posted on 21 March 2019 by "T".

Police have identified a 49-year-old man who was shot and killed by police during a gunfight as he attempted to escape a Friday night heist at the Bellagio poker room last week. The police now believe that this is the same suspect who robbed the same venue back in 2017.

Michael Charles Cohen, age 49, resident of Las Vegas, has been linked to a 2017 robbery of the Bellagio poker cage, according to investigators.

At a news announcement on Monday, Assistant Clark County Sheriff Charles Hank described Cohen as "a brazen criminal that showed no regard for his victims" and who was "willing to use deadly force on a police officer in order to make his escape."

Hank said that investigators linked Cohen to the 2017 robbery via the bandages adhered to the left side of his face prominently seen during both incidents. Hank also stated Cohen was wearing the same hoodie, glasses and black beanie during both crimes, "We're relatively certain that he is ... the same suspect from 2017."

On Monday, the office of the Clark County coroner identified Cohen and declared he died of a gunshot wound to his head.

The four police officers who responded were actually already near the casino investigating a missing child when an armed man approached the poker cage at about 9:45pm Friday (March 15) and demanded cash and chips. Cashier staff quickly sent out a radio alert saying the robber had fled with an undetermined amount of cash and poker chips through the northern casino entrance to a valet area nearby Flamingo Boulevard.

Action at the valet parking
In the valet area, Cohen attempted to hijack an unoccupied Mercedes parked that time but couldn't find its keys. He then went to a locked BMW with a female driver in it. After he tried to get into the car, he brandished his Bodyguard .380 caliber semiautomatic handgun.

Police in the valet area spotted Cohen accosting the lady at the same time they heard a radio broadcast of the robbery and immediately recognized that he was the suspect.

They ordered him to get down to the ground but he refused and instead stepped back from the car, fired one round from his handgun, hitting an officer in the chest. Fortunately for the officer, he was wearing a bulletproof vest and only suffered minor injuries.

Cohen then tried to run across the valet lanes, and then 29-year-old officer Joaquin Escobar fired his gun that struck Cohen right in the head. Cohen and the injured officer he shot were taken to the University Medical Center. Cohen was pronounced dead at 3:17 am Saturday, March 16.

Extensive criminal record
Authorities said Cohen had an extensive criminal record, dating back to 1999 and 2008 for bank robbery convictions. He was also arrested in the past for carjacking, possession of narcotics paraphernalia, possession of stolen property, carjacking as well as other misdemeanor and traffic charges.

Hank said, "We're fortunate that our officer's vest stopped that round. This could have been very tragic for our officers, as well as citizens or even that lady that was in her car. I'm just very grateful that our officers were present and took the action that they did, and that they're OK and that the community members and visitors of the community were OK."

Hank said that if he had survived, Cohen would have been charged with two counts of robbery with a deadly firearm, burglary with a firearm, attempted murder on a protected person, being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, attempted grand larceny of a vehicle with a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.



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15 comments on "Bellagio Robber who died after Shootout with Police ID''d, Committed Same Crime in 2017"

 doubletop77721/03/2019 08:47:41 GMT
It really looks like that this guy was a career criminal and he has eventually paid the ultimate price for these crimes. I am glad that he was apprehended because he was never going to stop doing this and innocent people were going to be killed before long
 CALICUL21/03/2019 11:09:42 GMT
In this case, in 2017 the police were not professional and did not manage to do the job well. Normally, they would have to look for the suspect in the police files, where they had offenders who were accused of robberies. This man had a criminal record from 1999 to 2008 and the police have not been vigilant at all in this case. Because of this he managed to hurt another man and terrorize others. Sad
 Mober21/03/2019 12:57:24 GMT
He couldnt do it more obvious, that having the same clothes and even the
bandages on his face?
And he managed to escape the first time robbing the casino,
he thought he would be doing this every year?
Some people and their brains....
 dule-vu21/03/2019 13:09:37 GMT
when you doing things like this for so many years,you dont care what can happen in situations with police and how this can end!so you knewt that one time this can be and that somebody can be killed!he died on way that he lived and now everybody can have peace!
 crankmuppet21/03/2019 14:04:31 GMT
You'd think a casino like the Bellagio would utilize the most advanced technology, like facial recognition, and an eye in the sky would have spotted this robber entering the casino and alerted security staff that an individual who previously robbed the place and probably had a lifetime ban had just entered.
 pajalnick21/03/2019 15:57:28 GMT
Judging by the number of crimes in which this person is accused, he really was an incorrigible criminal ... for whom crimes were routine .... And for him there were no restrictions .... Therefore, he was just shot dead is a logical result of his criminal career ... And differently And could not be ... or a prison for life or death
 damosk22/03/2019 10:24:35 GMT
Is this story just another tale of the inadequacies of law enforcement, not just typical in the US but across the modern world. Here we have a known criminal, easily identifiable from the 2017 CCTV images, yet he was not apprehended. Yes he was caught and killed on this occasion, but how many other crimes has he been able to commit in the intervening time? It looks like the PD have some questions to answer over the 2017 job!
 dule-vu22/03/2019 13:48:20 GMT
we all know that in america there is no jokes with police and that you can be shot for every thing,especially when you have gun!if you dont listen them and still have gun in hands,ofcourse you will finish with your life!but he knewt that in some points of life this will come!
 pajalnick22/03/2019 15:58:12 GMT
I agree with you ... in the USA If you do not fulfill the requirement of the police, and even more so if you have a weapon in your hands, then you are very much at risk of dying on the spot .... on the one hand, this is certainly good for preventing crimes .... But I have also heard many times about the mistakes of the police and about the killed innocent people .... 2 sides of the same coin
 bowie198423/03/2019 17:50:05 GMT
Crime does not pay, lol... If only you could make these things as a government entity - robbing people and institutions from they well earned money. Welp, imagine if that would happen (it already happened, lol). Rest in peace robber guy, was it worth it?
 dule-vu23/03/2019 17:58:19 GMT
in america if you just try to take something from pocket,you can be shot and they will say that they couldnt know what could you have in pocket!but this guy knewt that this can happen when we go in operation like this,especially with gun and that was risk that he was will to take!
 damosk24/03/2019 09:15:22 GMT
A couple of points here!

Firstly, to confuse this man with an innocent bystander who gets shot is ludicrous!

Secondly, when innocents do get shot by the authorities in the US, this is as a direct result of the US gun laws which allow for such appalling incidents to take place. If you allow people to walk around freely with weapons, then of course they will get shot. If you want to stop this happening....take away the right to carry a weapon. Its so simple. Rights or no rights, they can be taken away....regardless of some lame interpretation of a constitutional right!
 CALICUL24/03/2019 11:13:08 GMT
This man who tried to kill people he was not innocent. When you try to kill someone it's clear, you are not innocent but you are an unscrupulous man who tries to kill without thinking. This kind of people who trying to kill for some money are people who should be imprisoned for life. Blink
 Nightkid24/03/2019 12:52:39 GMT
good as they always say never lose the skill, and if I already steal one before and he likes me I do not think he would leave so easily ... I never understood why stealing is easier than having to work and earn decently silver but stealing you have many risks like going to jail or worse to die Confused Confused Confused
 CALICUL31/03/2019 11:45:34 GMT
That man could live if he did not choose the option to shoot with the gun. It is possible that he was at the third conviction and that would have meant for him life imprisonment. In this way he could commit suicide but he chose to kill innocent people. This is devoid of honor, is disgraceful. Sad

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