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UPDATE: Accused casino robber no stranger to KTNV

Posted at 11:37 PM, Feb 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-23 13:24:55-05

UPDATE FEB. 23: The woman arrested for robbing the South Point hotel-casino is no stranger to 13 Action News.

UPDATE FEB. 22: Police say it was Tina-Marie Lopez's family that recognized her picture from news reports about the South Point Casino robbery on Monday. As it turns out, Lopez is no stranger to being on camera.

In Oct. 2016, Lopez reached out to Contact 13 about a leak in her ceiling. Contact 13 got the leak fixed, but Lopez and her fiance Jason Lockwood woke up under a different ceiling Thursday, at the Clark County Detention Center.

According to court records, Lopez told police she held up the South Point Casino to pay for her bills. Lockwood admitted he forced Lopez to carry out the robbery and if she refused he was going to kill her, according to police.

UPDATE FEB. 22: The father of Tina-Marie Lopez is speaking out after learning that his daughter was accused of committing armed robbery at the South Point hotel-casino.

Eddie Lopez, an Elvis impersonator here in Las Vegas, says that his daughter borrowed his gold Cadillac on the evening of the robbery. When he saw the vehicle on the evening news he called police.

The father is now heartbroken and puzzled as to why his daughter would turn to crime instead of asking him for help. These are answers Eddie will have to wait awhile to receive.

UPDATE FEB. 21:  Police arrested Tina-Marie Lopez and Jason Lockwood in connection to the South Point robbery.

According to an arrest report, Lopez told police that she initially tried to rob the Joker's Wild Casino in Henderson on Feb. 18. However, she got nervous and backed out of the robbery once she reached the cashier. 

Lockwood was not involved in the incident at Joker's Wild. 

The following day, around 7:37 p.m., Lopez entered the South Point hotel-casino while Lockwood remained in a 1984 Cadillac Eldorado outside. Lopez approached the "Express" window at the cashier cage and immediately pulled out a handgun from her jacket pocket and demanded money.

The teller handed over $9,242 in cash. Lopez exited the casino, got into the Cadillac with Lockwood, and the two drove away.

Lopez and Lockwood were captured on Feb. 20. They're both facing charges related to robbery with a deadly weapon.

UPDATE FEB. 20: Police have released new information about the suspect. They now say a woman robbed the cash cage, not a man. 

According to detectives, the woman's vehicle is an older model 2-door gold or brown-colored sedan with a black top and large chrome rims. 

No one was injured during the robbery. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.

This is the latest in a string of robberies. Four separate casinos either on or near the Las Vegas Strip were robbed in January, including New York-New York, SLS Las Vegas, Harrah's and Ellis Island. A man was arrested after a casino cage robbery at the Aliante hotel-casino in North Las Vegas on Jan. 25.

A poker cage at the Bellagiowas also targeted back in November. 

ORIGINAL:  Las Vegas police are investigating after they say a man robbed the cash cage at the South Point casino getting away with an undisclosed amount of money.

The suspect was then able to get away in a gold colored Cadillac.