As the days go by, more and more information on Stephen Paddock’s family is coming to light, including his brother Bruce’s laundry list of violations with the law. Earlier this week, People reported that Stephen’s estranged father, Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, spent eight years on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list after robbing multiple banks and then escaping from prison while serving a sentence.
But it turns out the Benjamin isn’t the only other Paddock who has run into issues with the law. Bruce Paddock, the 57-year-old brother of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, currently has a warrant out for his arrest. TMZ reports that Bruce is wanted in Los Angeles County and has a “laundry list” of violations.
Some of his arrests include criminal threats, arson, vandalism, petty theft, burglary, weed, driving on a suspended license, and contempt, per TMZ. In 2014, Bruce was arrested for vandalism when he destroyed a moving company’s property. When Paddock went to court for the trial, he pleaded “no contest” and was sentenced to 150 hours of community service.
Paddock tried multiple times to get his sentence reduced, which landed him a 2016 court date. When Bruce failed to show up for trial, the presiding judge issued a bench warrant for the 57-year-old’s arrest. Since his crimes are nowhere near as heinous as his brother’s crimes, it’s unlikely that authorities are actively trying to find Bruce. However, if he’s pulled over for speeding or something, he’s likely to be arrested as his name will be flagged in the system.
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The Guardian reports that Bruce has not talked to his brother Stephen in the 10 years prior to the Las Vegas Massacre. In an interview, Paddock told reporters that he didn’t know how his brother could “stoop so low” and hurt other people. Paddock also told press that the family had roots in California as they were raised in Sun Valley.
Other than the one interview, Bruce has remained relatively silent following his brother’s chilling actions. Stephen’s other brother, Eric Paddock, has spoke with media numerous times outside of his home in Orlando.
Despite what they say, do you think Stephen’s brothers could have had any clue that their brother was about to unleash the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history?
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