Father of Las Vegas shooter escaped from La Tuna prison in '68

Oct 09, 2017, 00:33
Father of Las Vegas shooter escaped from La Tuna prison in '68

Patrick Benjamin Paddock also went by the alias of Benjamin Hoskins Paddock.

Paddock was also accused of robbing two other Valley National Bank branches for more than $20,000, but the charges were dropped after he was convicted of the first crime.

He was removed from the list in 1977 and captured the following year in OR, where he was running a bingo parlor under the alias Bruce W. Ericksen.

In 1960, Paddock was arrested for robbing a bank in Phoenix, Ariz.

Years before he orchestrated the worst mass shooting in USA history, the 64-year-old had worked several jobs in government agencies - including the U.S. Despite the escape, Paddock was paroled the following year and returned to his home in Oregon.

He lived in a new cookie-cutter house in Mesquite, Nevada, 129 kilometres northeast of Las Vegas.

Authorities are still trying to find out what Paddock's motive was, he committed suicide after the atrocity and officers found his body surrounded by ten fire-arms in the hotel room according to reports.

An FBI Most Wanted poster indicates Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, born November 1, 1926, was called a "psychopathic" and wanted for bank robberies.

The Eugene newspaper reports that in 1987 Oregon's attorney general "charged Paddock with racketeering related to his bingo business and fraud for an illegal business he ran rolling back vehicle odometers".

Eric told WFTV: "There's nothing more I can say".

At least 58 people were killed and more than 500 wounded when Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel during the Route 91 music festival Sunday night, police said. He said Benjamin was on the run when they were born and they were raised by his mother, and obituaries don't mention either Stephen or Eric.

Stephen Paddock was not known to police before the attack that devastated America.

"He's just a guy who played video poker and took cruises and ate burritos at Taco Bell", Eric told the news station about his brother. I'm not at liberty to give you his place of residence yet, because it's an ongoing investigation, we don't know what his belief system was at this time. "There's absolutely no sense, no reason he did this".

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