Suspect in Las Vegas shooting of Venetian execs arrested in Texas

Updated April 19, 2018 - 11:21 pm

Slaying suspect Anthony J. Wrobel’s dayslong run from Las Vegas ended early Thursday at a freeway rest stop near a small town in the Texas Panhandle, where a sheriff’s deputy spotted a stolen license plate on his dark gray Cadillac.

But police said the arrest of the 42-year-old casino dealer accused of shooting two executives of The Venetian wasn’t luck.

“This case is a true example of good, old-fashioned police work,” Metropolitan Police Department homicide Capt. Robert Plummer told reporters Thursday in Las Vegas.

Wrobel is accused of going to a picnic Sunday in Las Vegas for employees of The Venetian and opening fire on the executives, Mia Banks and Hector Rodriguez. Banks, 54, died at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, and Rodriguez was seriously wounded and remains hospitalized.

Police and court documents provided new details shortly after Wrobel’s arrest that alleged the crime involved intense planning.

Getaway car and a note

Three days before the shooting, they said, Wrobel had stashed the Cadillac at a parking garage at McCarran International Airport so he could quickly leave behind the black-and-purple Charger seen speeding away from the crime scene. He also left a note for detectives in his abandoned apartment detailing his anger toward his bosses, they said.

But his arrest also indicated that he was forced to make impromptu decisions while on the run. The license plate spotted by the deputy near the small town of Vega, Texas, had been reported stolen Tuesday from another car in Cedar City, Utah, police said.

The Oldham County sheriff’s deputy radioed for backup after running the plate. Plummer said at the news conference that Wrobel was asleep when the deputies approached the car around 3 a.m. He woke up and grabbed a handgun, then dropped it when authorities confronted him, Plummer said.

Authorities do not know where Wrobel was going. Metro homicide investigators were traveling to Texas on Thursday to interview the suspect, Plummer said. Wrobel was being held in the Oldham County Jail, awaiting extradition to Clark County, where he faces counts of murder and attempted murder.

The FBI filed a federal arrest warrant for Wrobel after discovering he had fled Nevada but did not disclose his destination. A criminal complaint, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, charged him with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

During the execution of a search warrant after the shooting, investigators found Wrobel’s home was apparently abandoned, the Metro warrant said

“A single sheet of paper was found on a coffee table expressing the writer’s anger at Venetian management,” according to the warrant. Police think Wrobel wrote the letter, but Plummer wouldn’t disclose further details.

Wrobel had abandoned a revolver, three magazines and scores of rounds of ammunition in the Charger he left at McCarran International Airport. the warrant said. At the time of his arrest, he had a handgun and two high-capacity magazines, Plummer said.

In a statement after the arrest, Alyssa Anderson, a spokeswoman for The Venetian’s parent company, Las Vegas Sands Corp., thanked authorities for their work leading to the arrest.

“All of us continue to mourn the loss of Mia Banks, our hearts are with Mia’s family,” she said of the hotel’s 54-year-old vice president of casino operations. “We hope this news provides some solace for everyone impacted by this tragic event.”

Wounded executive improving

She also said that Rodriguez, The Venetian’s executive director of table games, was continuing to improve, “and we look forward to the day that he is released from the hospital.”

The Metropolitan Police Department has called the shooting a targeted act of workplace violence and described Wrobel as “disgruntled.” Wrobel was an employee of The Venetian at the time of the shooting and had been working at the hotel-casino as a dealer for 15 years, police said.

The shooting sparked a nationwide manhunt. Federal investigators from the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives joined Metro in the search for Wrobel, a Las Vegas police spokesman said Monday.

Wrobel’s father, Joseph, who lives in Illinois, said Thursday before hanging up the phone that he had not spoken to his son since last month. Police said Tuesday that Wrobel’s family was cooperating in the investigation.

Sands Corp., parent company of The Venetian, will donate $50,000 to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, spokesman Ron Reese said. The company had offered the money to anyone who provided information that led to Wrobel’s arrest.

The Review-Journal is owned by the family of Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson. Las Vegas Sands operates The Venetian.

Contact Blake Apgar at bapgar@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5298. Follow @blakeapgar on Twitter. Review-Journal staff writer Mike Shoro contributed to this report.

ad-high_impact_4
Local
Downtown Summerlin hosts its annual Festival of Arts
People crowd to Downtown Summerlin for the 23rd annual Summerlin Festival of Arts in Las Vegas, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Clark County educators debate alternative grading systems
Spring Valley High School principal Tam Larnerd, Spring Valley High School IB coordinator Tony Gebbia and retired high school teacher Joyce O'Day discuss alternative grading systems. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Grandparents on the fire that killed three family members
Charles and Doris Smith talk about the night an apartment fire took the lives of three of their family members. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
New York artist Bobby Jacobs donated a sculpture to the Las Vegas Healing Garden
Bobby Jacobs, an artist from upstate New York, has spent much of the past year creating a sculpture of two separate angel wings. He donated the sculpture to the Las Vegas Healing Garden. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Weather will cool slightly through the end of the week
The weather will cool slightly through the end of the week., but highs are still expected to be slightly above normal for this year. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Mayor announces new public-private partnership
Mayor Carolyn Goodman announced the creation of the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE, a public-private partnership that will allocate money to the city’s neediest.
Fremont9 opens downtown
Fremont9 apartment complex has opened in downtown Las Vegas. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Fall fairytale gets cozy at Bellagio Conservatory
Bellagio Conservatory introduces its fall-themed garden titled "Falling Asleep." (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
What the house that Ted Binion died in looks like today
Casino heir Ted Binion died in this Las Vegas home in 1998. Current home owner Jane Popple spent over $600,000 to restore and modernize the home. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Rescue Mission employees terminated
Don James, a former employee for the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, talks about the day his team was terminated. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Raiders Cupcakes at Freed's Bakery
Freed's Bakery will have Raiders-themed cupcakes available in store and for order during football season. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
51s fans say goodbye to Cashman Field
Las Vegas 51s fans said goodbye to Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Monday September, 3, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
51s owner Don Logan's last weekend at Cashman Field
Don Logan, owner of the Las Vegas 51s, gives a tour of Cashman Field before the team's final weekend using the field. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Metro Asst. Sheriff Brett Zimmerman on Aug. 8 officer-involved shooting
Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Sheriff Brett Zimmerman met with media Monday to discuss the details of the 14th officer-involved shooting of the year. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Matt Kelly Elementary School hosted its third annual Back-to-School Red Carpet Program
Matt Kelly Elementary School hosted its third annual Back-to-School Red Carpet Program where community and business leaders joined to welcome students back with an inspirational welcome. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Star Trek fans on show’s enduring popularity
Star Trek fans at the Star Trek Convention 2018 talk about why they think the show has stayed popular across the years Thursday, August 2, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Nonprofit provides clothing for homeless
Sydney Grover of Can You Spare A Story?, talks about how she founded the non-profit organization. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Crime
Family members of murder victims talk about their loss
Family members of murder victims talk about their loss. Susan Nash, 52, was killed in a shooting along with her daughter and one of her three sons on Sunday night. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Sayegh Cold Case Turns 40
Cary Sayegh was abducted from the playground of the Albert Einstein Hebrew Day School in Las Vegas in 1978. His body has never been found. (File Photo)
Review held in death of man after encounter with Las Vegas police
The mother of Tashii Brown, who died after an encounter with Las Vegas police on the Strip, not satisfied after public review of evidence. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Vehicle of Interest in January Homicide
Las Vegas police released footage Friday of a “vehicle of interest” from a deadly shooting in January. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
Hostage escapes clutches of robber before shooting
Metropolitan Police Department footage shows a man wearing a motorcycle helmet, identified by police as 27-year-old Mario B. Trejo, with one arm wrapped around a woman’s neck and held a handgun to her head.
Sunset Park Vigil
A small group of people gathered in Sunset Park to remember the three children recently killed in the area.
Henderson police bodycam footage of officer-involved shooting
Henderson police released body-worn camera footage of an officer-involved shooting in a grocery store parking lot at 2667 Windmill Parkway on Aug. 12, 2018. (Henderson Police Department)
Metro Asst. Sheriff Brett Zimmerman on Aug. 8 officer-involved shooting
Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Sheriff Brett Zimmerman met with media Monday to discuss the details of the 14th officer-involved shooting of the year. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Nye County detectives pursue suspects
A swarm of Nye County deputies, at the request of Las Vegas police, surrounded a hotel room in Pahrump last week to take two fugitives into custody. (Nye County Sheriff's Office)
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like