The brother of Stephen Paddock, the gunman who killed more than 50 people at an outdoor Las Vegas concert Sunday night, has revealed disturbing details about their past.
Eric Paddock told reporters Monday that their father was a convicted bank robber who was added to the FBI’s Most Wanted list after escaping prison in the 1960s.
Patrick Benjamin Paddock, who went by a variety of aliases including “Chromedome” and “Old Baldy,” was arrested in his 30s for robbing a Valley National Bank in Phoenix in 1960. At the time he was living in Tucson, Ariz., with his wife and four kids.
He escaped with over $4,600.
According to an Arizona Republic article from January 1961, the elder Paddock surrendered two days after the robbery after an officer shot at his vehicle, shattering his windshield.
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.
According to a 1961 article, Paddock attempted to escape a Las Vegas jail by posing as another inmate. Paddock was waiting to be extradited to Phoenix at the time.
During a court appearance, Paddock testified that he would have fled the jail “if they had been lax enough to let me go.”
Nearly a decade later, Paddock did escape while serving a 20-year sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution at La Tuna in Texas.
A federal warrant for his arrest was issued in February 1969 and he was added to the FBI’s 10 most-wanted fugitives list. Paddock remained on the most-wanted list until 1977. He was arrested the following year in Oregon, where he was managing a bingo parlor under the alias Bruce Werner Ericksen. It is believed he died in 1998.
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