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Man accused in New York-New York robbery pleads guilty

Posted at 5:34 PM, Oct 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-03 20:34:16-04

A felon who disguised himself by applying dark-colored makeup pleaded guilty Tuesday to armed robbery of a casino floor cashier cage at New York-New York hotel-casino.

Cameron James Kennedy, 27, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty to one count of interference with commerce by robbery. He faces the maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, at the Dec. 13 sentencing hearing.

This is Kennedy’s second federal conviction. He was placed on federal supervision starting June 23, 2017, after serving a 63-month sentence for two bank robberies he committed in 2012. During those robberies, he threatened to kill a bank teller and displayed a BB gun painted to look like an actual gun.

On Jan. 9, less than seven months into his supervision, police said Kennedy cut off his GPS monitoring bracelet and absconded from court-ordered home confinement. About three hours later, at about 12:45 a.m. on Jan. 10, Kennedy – while wearing makeup that darkened his skin tone – demanded money from a casino floor cage cashier at the New York-New York hotel-casino, according to police.

He lifted his jacket to display what appeared to be a firearm in his waistband and reportedly told the cashier: “I want all your hundreds and don’t mess around.” He fled with approximately $23,367 in stolen cash.

Kennedy was identified in spite of his attempt to conceal his identity, in part because of his unique gold mouth grill, which is a type of jewelry worn over a person’s teeth.    

The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.