Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, a convicted bank robber and con man described in a wanted poster as "psychopathic" with suicidal tendencies, had escaped from prison in 1969, earning him a spot on the FBI's list of most-sought-after and risky criminals.
Paddock was indicted in 1960 on three counts of robbing Phoenix branches of Valley National Bank, the Arizona Republic reported on October 6 that year. Later Sheriff Joseph (Joe) Lombardo said officers found 10 rifles in Paddock's room, where he checked in September 28. Bethel said police called him back 10 minutes later to say they found the gunman in Room 135, just two floors above where he was staying.
According to the New York Post, Benjamin was spotted in Las Vegas in 1971, at which point he attempted to run over an agent with his vehicle.
The FBI agents found almost $3,000 and a loaded.38 caliber revolver in his auto. At the time he was living in Tucson, Ariz., with his wife and four kids. (Most likely, the gunman who carried out Sunday night's attack was among them.) According to a newspaper account, the family's neighbors said they couldn't believe that Paddock-who was known as a "hot rod racer who keeps his head shaved so he resembles Yul Brynner"-"was involved in crime".
President Donald Trump told reporters on Tuesday that Paddock had been "a sick man, a demented man". A judge sentenced him to 20 years in prison. And it felt like it took them too long to get over there... to take him out. 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.
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Benjamin robbed another bank in San Francisco before relocating to OR, where he lived undercover for several years before being re-captured.
The bingo parlor was opened as part of the nonprofit organization Center for Educational Reform in Eugene, Ore.
In 1987, the gig finally ended when the Oregon Attorney General's Office filed seven racketeering charges against Paddock related to his bingo operation.
In the hours since the horrific massacre, the shooter's brother revealed that their father Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, who went by the alias Patrick Benjamin Paddock, also had a violent criminal history.