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WATCH: Video Shows Bellagio Poker Room Robber's Failed Escape Attempt, Shootout With Police

Police Confirm Michael Charles Cohen As Suspect In Both Bellagio Robberies


Photo Credit: Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review JournalThe Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed Tuesday that the man who was shot by police after stealing from the cage at the Bellagio poker room Friday night was the very same person that robbed the Bellagio poker room back in November 2017 as well.

Michael Charles Cohen, 49, was shot by responding officers after an attempted carjacking in the Bellagio north valet, trying to flee the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash and casino chips.

After looking at surveillance footage from both robberies, investigators are confident in naming Cohen as the perpetrator in 2017 robbery as well. In a press conference on Tuesday, Assistant Sheriff Charles Hank showed reporters split screen footage of the suspect in both robberies.

Cohen On Surveillance FootageHe pointed to similar clothing and facial markings as evidence. The crimes were also remarkably similar in how they were carried out.

On both occasions, Cohen hid his identity with glasses, a head covering or wig, and a large bandage on his face. The first vehicle he attempted to steal from the valet was unoccupied, but missing it’s key. The second car’s driver refused to open the door for Cohen, and that’s when he was confronted by responding officers.

Hank also told reporters that had Cohen survived the shootout with police, he would have been charged with two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, attempted murder on a protected person, prohibited person in possession of a firearm, burglary with a firearm, attempted grand larceny auto, and carrying a concealed weapon without a license.

The full press conference can be seen below, as well as body cam and surveillance footage of Cohen’s attempted carjacking and escape.

Cohen was a convicted felon and had a laundry list of prior charges, stemming all the way back to 1999 when he was convicted of two counts of bank robbery. His criminal history also includes kidnapping, carjacking, two more counts of bank robbery, as well as several misdemeanors.