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January 21, 2010 at 4:43 PM

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Men charged in failed casino robbery accused of other crimes

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

Two men being held in jail are suspected of robbing four casinos, a bank and a cash checking store since October.

Napoleon Hayes Jr. and Carl Curry Jr. are being held at the King County Jail on charges of attempted first-degree robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm. Hayes is being held at the King County Jail in lieu of $300,000 bail and Curry is being held on $100,000 bail, prosecutors said.

While prosecutors have only charged the men in connection with a failed robbery attempt at a SeaTac casino last week, the men are being investigated in connection with a slew of other crimes since last fall, according a King County Sheriff's Office report. In all of the robberies, victims and customers were ordered to the floor at gunpoint, court charging papers said.

King County sheriff's Detective Mike Mellis said that Hayes was the "lead robber," who commonly displayed a gun during the robberies.

Authorities began looking for the men after a robbery at Check to Cash in Renton on Oct. 26, according to court charging papers. As the masked men fled with an undisclosed sum of cash, they dropped a toy shotgun on the ground, charging papers said.

Three days later the men allegedly robbed a Bank of America branch in Lynnwood, detectives allege. One of the men fired a gun as they exited the bank, court papers said.

On Nov. 13, one of the men is accused of robbing a casino cash cage at Goldie's Casino in Shoreline. It's unclear in court documents which of the men is accused of being behind the robbery.

On Dec. 2, one man entered the Royal Casino in South Everett armed with a handgun and a shotgun, charging papers said. Cash was also taken in this robbery.

On Jan. 13, two men entered Silver Dollar Casino in SeaTac armed with firearms. Police say that the robbery was unsuccessful because the casino's cash-cage worker had just left his post - leaving the men unable to get a hold of any money, court papers said.

On Jan. 15, Shoreline police confronted Hayes and Curry outside the Drift On Inn Casino because they appeared to be "suspicious," court charges said. The men fled from police.

Curry, who was arrested after the short pursuit, told police that they had been at the SeaTac casino earlier in the week. Curry identified Hayes as being with him in SeaTac and outside the Shoreline casino, court papers said.

King County Deputy Prosecutor Gretchen Holmgren said that both men have extensive criminal histories.

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