Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Seminole Hard Rock Casino Robbery
The Florida man arrested in connection with a robbery at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa pleaded guilty this week. 25-year-old Dirk Davis was arrested in February and charged with armed robbery and grand theft. His sentencing will come one year after his initial arrest on February 6, 2019.
According to federal court records, Davis pleaded guilty on Monday to brandishing a firearm and robbing a cashier at the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa. Investigators say Davis walked up to the teller at the casino and showed her his firearm. He then told her he wanted “hundreds.”
The cashier handed over $20,000 to Davis, who then casually made his way out of the casino. Surveillance video footage from the casino showed Davis in a black hooded sweatshirt, dark sunglasses, and black gloves. After receiving the cash, he could be seen swiftly exiting the property.
Davis managed to evade casino security that night and make his way out of town with the money, but he did not get far. He was identified through the surveillance footage by multiple acquaintances. Police then obtained a warrant for his cell phone records, which helped uncover his whereabouts.
After committing the robbery, Davis made multiple phone calls to friends and family, including a call to an ex-girlfriend who agreed do drive Davis across state lines. He was later apprehended in Ailey, Georgia. Police say it was confirmation from the phone records along with a tip from Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay that led to Davis' arrest.