​Male Strippers Tackle Robber Suspect At Excalibur in Las Vegas​​

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March 21, 2021

Male strippers from the “Thunder From Down Under” performance group managed to tackle a robber inside a Las Vegas hotel on Mar. 18. The male dancers were preparing to take the stage at the Excalibur Hotel.

However, Joey Kadmiri, 24, snuck backstage hoping to slip away with the cast members’ costumes and makeup, but he did not expect to be taken down by six dancers.

Male Strippers Find Suitcase

It all started when the the male dancers were dressing for their next performance, several noticed they were missing items of clothing and makeup, according to a police arrest report.

One of the dancers, Ryan Paki, then discovered a suitcase filled with props and dance costumes outside the dressing room, police said in the report. As Paki and the show’s director were inspecting the suitcase, police added, the alleged robber confronted the pair, saying, “What are you doing? I just bought all that stuff for my girlfriend.”

As other dancers confronted Kadmiri, trying to wrestle the suitcase away from him, Kadmiri brandished a gun and held it to the head of one dancer, Scott Berchtold, police said. Someone allegedly pushed the gun away seconds before a shot was fired and hit the wall, as Berchtold and his fellow dance mates took the man down.

Robber Suspect In Las Vegas

Earlier, several people had noticed the suspect wandering around backstage, but because Kadmiri was wearing a SWAT hat and shoes, and a firefighter’s shirt, they assumed he was a new cast member with the show, police said.

The hotel’s security guards held Kadmiri until Las Vegas Police arrived and arrested him.

Authorities said Kadmiri appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine and charged him with six counts of attempted murder, attempted robbery with a deadly weapon and burglary with a deadly weapon.

Police did not believe Kadmiri had a lawyer and said he remained in custody — though he did not appear on a database of individuals in custody.

Las Vegas Robber Timeline:

  • No one was seriously hurt, although one male stripper was treated at the scene for powder burn from the impact of the shot.
  • The Las Vegas show resumed as normal the following day.
  • Thunder From Down Under representatives had no comment regarding the robber tackle.

The group of strippers have been based in Las Vegas since 2001, where their “dynamic dance routines, barely there costumes, state-of-the-art lighting and chiseled abs have been making women swoon for over 22 years,” according to their website.