A Las Vegas man who committed two armed robberies earlier this year pleaded guilty Wednesday.
Walid H. Abdulla, 65, pleaded guilty to one count each of bank robbery and interference with commerce by robbery. United States District Judge Howard D. McKibben accepted the guilty plea and scheduled sentencing for Sept. 19.
According to admissions made in his plea agreement, on Jan. 30, 2017, Abdulla approached a clerk at a CVS Pharmacy with his gaming ticket from the pharmacy’s slot machine area and demanded the money from the cash register. He showed the clerk what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun in his waistband and told the clerk to put the money inside a bag, stating, “you won’t get hurt if you just hurry.” Abdulla fled with $1,210 in cash.
Then, on Feb. 6, Abdulla entered a Nevada State Bank and presented a robbery note demanding money from the vault. He showed the bank teller what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun and fled with $5,000 in cash.
The gun was later determined to be a BB gun.
Abdulla was identified as the robber by the victims of his crimes, he was observed by video surveillance at each robbery, and a forensic examination identified his fingerprint on the slot machine he used at the CVS.
The case is being investigated by the FBI and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.