Tampa Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing Seminole Hard Rock Casino
He threatened a teller with a gun, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
TAMPA – A Tampa man pleaded guilty in federal court to robbing the Seminole Hard Rock Casino of $20,000, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida said.
Dirk Lawrence Davis, 25, of Tampa, pleaded guilty to robbery and to brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. He faces a minimum mandatory penalty of seven years, and up to life, in federal prison. His sentencing hearing has been set for Feb. 6.
According to court documents, on Feb. 2, Davis entered the poker room of the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa. He walked up to the teller window, brandished a firearm, and stated, “I don’t want to cause a scene. Give me hundreds.” The teller complied, giving Davis $20,000 in cash.
Davis fled the casino on foot. Surveillance cameras captured the robbery. Multiple friends and family members of Davis identified him to law enforcement after seeing the surveillance footage on the news.
This case was investigated by the FBI and the Seminole Police Department.
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