Report: Bellagio burglary suspect says he participated because people threatened to hurt his family

LAS VEGAS - The man arrested for burglarizing a jewelry store at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino Saturday says he was forced to go along with the crime because people in Mexico threatened to hurt his family, according to an arrest report released Tuesday.

Sebastian Gonzalez may have been an undocumented immigrant new to the United States.  Metro detectives said when they first questioned Gonzalez, the 20-year-old pretended not to speak English. 

The report said Gonzalez, also told officers his name was Fernando Zarate Zoto.  However, detectives realized he was carrying a fake identification card, the arrest report said. 

Gonzalez told Metro Police he came to Las Vegas from Arizona, but he came to Arizona by way of Mexico City.

Gonzalez said when he arrived in Las Vegas he and another Hispanic man met up with two other Hispanic men outside a white Nissan Maxima. According to the report, the men changed clothes before grabbing fake guns and masks. 

One of the masks was a unique, but very large pig mask, the report said.  Metro detectives said the four men wiped down the car with Clorox bleach wipes before they drove to the parking garage of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. 

According to the report, Gonzalez said his job was to be the lookout, so he was given a cell phone and an ear piece.  Gonzalez said, he was also given the pig masks because he was fat, the report said.

After the men were done using sledgehammers to smash the counters and grab the jewelry, they all ran back to the garage, but someone had left the keys to the Nissan, so they fled on foot, according to the arrest report.

Gonzalez and the other suspects attempted to leave in a vehicle parked in the parking garage, but the suspects were approached by a security guard, Metro said.

According to police, one of the suspects pointed what appeared to be a handgun at the officer, before all four suspects fled the area on foot.  Metro said the suspects then tried to carjack someone inside the parking garage, but their attempt was unsuccessful.

A second carjacking was also attempted near the entrance of the parking garage, but was again unsuccessful, so all three of the suspects fled on foot, according to the arrest report.

As they were running, Gonzalez tried to ditch the jewelry and the clothes he was wearing by throwing the items under parked cars in the garage, the report said. 

Metro detectives said he also didn’t want to run anymore, so he hid behind a parked car, where he was eventually caught by security.

When asked what their plan was going to be once they got the jewelry, Gonzalez said they had planned to take all of the GPS trackers off of the jewelry before fleeing to San Diego or Tijuana.

Gonzalez was booked into the Clark County Detention Center where he faces the following charges:

  • Robbery with use of a deadly weapon
  • Burglary while in possession of a gun
  • Conspiracy to commit robbery
  • Attempt robbery

This case remains under investigation, and anyone with any information is urged to contact the LVMPD Central Robbery Section at 702-828-3591. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555, on the internet at www.crimestoppersofnv.com, or text CRIMENV plus tip information to 274637 (CRIMES).
 


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