Psychiatric evaluation ordered for accused Bellagio robber

LAS VEGAS -- The man accused of robbing the Bellagio hotel-casino appeared in federal court Friday and the judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation.

During the hearing, Scott Carmitchel, 34, of Kansas refused to speak. His hands and feet were shackled; he was wearing a mask to prevent him from spitting at people, and he was sitting in a wheelchair.

U.S. Magistrate Peggy Leen ordered Carmitchel to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. His court-appointed attorney told the magistrate the defendant is even refusing to speak to her.

Carmitchel is accused of robbing the casino cashier at the Bellagio on July 25. According to police, he took more than $40,000 in cash and spent it on prostitutes and a high-end shopping spree. He was restrained during his appearance in Las Vegas Justice Court because he has been combative with Metro Police officers.

The federal charges stem from a bank robbery that happened a few days before the Bellagio heist at a bank on East Tropicana Boulevard.


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