Armed Robbery at Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa, Suspect Still at Large

February 2nd, 2018 by Daniel Smyth

An armed robber at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa, Florida, has made make off with a bundle of cash according to local reports.

Gunman Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa.

Security footage shows a lone gunman minutes before he allegedly robbed a cashier at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa, Florida. (Image: Seminole Police Department)

Taking place in the early hours of Feb. 2, the incident involved a lone male who made his way into the casino’s poker room with a handgun.

After approaching the cashier cage at approximately 2 am, a hooded man demanded the teller hand over any available money. A Seminole Tribe of Florida police report states that no shots were fired and no one was injured, but the amount taken has not been released.

Suspect on the Loose

The man was able to flee the scene without being apprehended. Police have since released images of the suspect.

According eyewitness statements and security camera footage, the gunman was a black make who appeared to be in his late twenties, about 5’4″ tall.

He was last seen making off on foot from the casino. Crime Stoppers is offering up to $3,000 for information that leads to his arrest.

Are Casinos Easy Targets?

The recent robbery is almost identical to two events that took place in Las Vegas over the last few weeks. The most recent incident happened around 1 am in January when a man armed with a handgun approached the cashiers at New York, New York.

After showing that he had a gun tucked in the waistband of his trousers, the man demanded money before escaping security guards and making off in a taxi.

Prior to that crime, Hollywood actor and poker enthusiast James Woods witnessed a hold-up at the Bellagio poker room.

“So, we are playing poker at the Bellagio poker room and a guy walks up with a gun and robs the cage thirty feet from us ten minutes ago. Bellagio staff were fantastic. They surrendered the money quietly, so no customers would get hurt,” Woods tweeted minutes after the November heist.

Although three robberies is too few to be called a trend, the fact each assailant was able to make off without being apprehended could serve as an invitation to any copycat criminals out there.

No one was hurt in any of the recent thefts, but casino bosses will now be monitoring their cashier desks more closely.

5 Responses to “Armed Robbery at Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa, Suspect Still at Large”

  1. Hondo says:

    “Although three robberies is too few to be called a trend, the fact each assailant was able to make off without being apprehended could serve as an invitation to any copycat criminals out there.” That sure baffles the mind. If they were worried about copy cats what are they doing splashing the incidents all over the internet. Well I suppose that is a bit harsh. It is only here, right?

  2. Muzyka1996 says:

    it is good that nobody was hurt by this crime
    I hope in the near future police their find and punishment

  3. Wm Craig says:

    What will it take to have metal detectors at all entrances..so no handguns plus..are evev allowed to be in a place with as much security as most CASINOS HAVE…mAKES ONE FEEL UNSAFE ..cuts down on those coming to those casinos for lack of proper security measures in place..Tampa as well as others Ive been to mohigan sun..Odawa in Petoskey,Mi… are setting themselves up for a lot of copycat robberys.

  4. Infinity Objective says:

    The best chance he has to get away with it is if he didn’t himself case, or it was spur of the moment robbery. Otherwise they have very good surveillance images of him there and in a less that stealth appearance prior to. Law enforcement, feds have the kind of facial recognition that measures the space between your nose and lips, the eyes, etc….matching it up to other databases they’ll have his identity and he’ll have to hide forever.

    Good job though not blasting away, showed tact, discipline and intelligence.

  5. Hackerosito says:

    I agree with Craig, presumably there should be metal detectors, or revision when entering a casino, this gives peace of mind to the users as well as to the company, Well they already have the descriptions of the thief at least.

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