As more information becomes known about Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas shooter’s identity is slowly taking shape. One of the first places to look when attempting to figure out a person always seems to be the assailant’s family. Numerous media outlets have already interviewed several family members of Paddock, but Stephen’s brother Eric told reporters that their father had a troubled past that had placed him on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.
When interviewed, Eric explained that his brother, the alleged Las Vegas shooter who killed 58 people, was just a “normal guy.” Eventually, the topic of their father, Patrick Benjamin Paddock came up, and Eric divulged that his father was an infamous bank robber in the 60s.
Patrick, who had numerous alias such as “Chromedome” and “Old Baldy,” robbed a Valley National Bank in Phoenix and made away with $4,600. The New York Daily News reported that Patrick surrendered after a shootout with police and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
During his incarceration, Patrick tried to escape more than once. The first time he posed as another inmate. That attempt failed. Almost a decade later, during his 20-year stretch, Patrick finally did escape from prison. He immediately found himself as one of the top 10 most wanted fugitives.
New York Mag was able to obtain an FBI poster that declared Patrick was “diagnosed as psychopathic, has carried firearms in commission of bank robberies” and “reportedly has suicidal tendencies and should be considered armed and very dangerous.”
In 1978, he was captured in Oregon where he had lived under the alias Bruce Werner Ericksen, who ran a bingo parlor. Death records indicate that he died in 1998. Patrick was linked to two other bank robberies in the 60s but was never formally charged.
This new information about Stephen’s father could be considered nothing. Or, others could look at it as the unfortunate foreshadowing of a boy without a father who was seemingly surrounded by weapons and crime his entire life.
The New York Post has reported that ISIS took responsibility for the Las Vegas attack that left a reported 58 dead and over 500 injured. “The Las Vegas attacker converted to Islam a few months ago,” their news agency claimed.
It is unclear at this time if Paddock was, in fact, an ISIS recruit. ISIS has previously claimed responsibility for attacks that they did not orchestrate or plan.