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Las Vegas suspect's father was gambler, bank robber and on FBI's Most Wanted list for 8 years

Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, father of Las Vegas shooting suspect Stephen Paddock, was placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list from 1969 to 1977. (Image Source: Twitter screenshot)

Las Vegas shooting suspect Stephen Paddock didn't have a criminal history, but his father was on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list from 1969 to 1977.

Why was he on the FBI's Most Wanted list?

Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, father of Stephen Paddock, was indicted in 1960 on three counts of robbing Phoenix branches of Valley National Bank, the Arizona Republic reported on Oct. 6, 1960. He was accused of stealing close to $25,000 and was arrested in Las Vegas after his third bank robbery.

Benjamin Paddock escaped a federal prison in La Tuna, Texas, on Dec. 31, 1968, having served eight years of a 20-year sentence, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

About six months later, Benjamin Paddock was placed on the FBI's Most Wanted list and the FBI described him as a "diagnosed psychopath and is considered 'extremely dangerous,'" the Arizona Republic reported June 11, 1969.

Paddock remained on the Most Wanted list until 1977, Newsweek reported.

The following year, police arrested him, Oregon's Eugene Register-Guard reported at the time. He was reportedly then the manager of a bingo parlor in the Eugene, Oregon, area and living under the name Bruce Werner Ericksen. It was not immediately clear what happened after that arrest. Public records indicate that he died in 1998, according to Newsweek.

Who was he?

Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, who also went by Patrick Benjamin Paddock, was a Tucson, Arizona, garbage disposal sales and service man.

He had several nicknames, including "Big Daddy" and "Chrome Dome" because of his near-bald and shaved head, according to the Arizona Republic report in 1969.

Paddock was an avid bridge player, smoked cigars and cigarettes, ate expensive steak dinners and was a frequent gambler, federal agents said in the Arizona Republic report.

In 1971, an FBI agent described Paddock, then on the run, to the Tucson Daily News as "a glib, smooth-talking man who is egotistical and arrogant," reported Newsweek.

Eric Paddock told reporters on Monday, "My father was on the top-10 list for a while ... I didn't know him, we didn't know him. He was in jail and broken out of jail."

He had a criminal history that dated back to 1946, according to the Arizona Republic.

A photo of the FBI's Most Wanted flyer was posted on Twitter.

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