Las Vegas Mob Museum presents “Vegas Abduction: The Inside Story of the Kevyn Wynn Kidnapping” with Tom O’Connell
During his hiatus, The POP was invited to do a live presentation about his podcast, “Vegas Fed“, at the famed Las Vegas Mob Museum on January 21, 2021 from 7 p.m to 8 p.m. in a free event for museum members.
Event details: In one of the most brazen crimes of the 1990s, two masked men kidnapped Kevyn Wynn, daughter of Las Vegas Strip casino mogul Steve Wynn, from her Las Vegas condo. The high-profile case was led by federal prosecutor, Tom O’Connell, who recounts the dramatic rescue of Wynn’s daughter and how investigators tracked down the perpetrators.
The evening was also live streamed on YouTube and is available to watch on their website or just press play on the video below to watch it here.
(I don’t think I humiliated myself, although if I did, it wouldn’t be the first time.)
About Las Vegas Mob Museum Speaker, Tom O’Connell:
Thomas M. O’Connell is the former Senior Litigation Counsel and Chief of the Narcotics and Violent Crimes Section of the United States Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is the host of a new, 6 part podcast about the 1993 kidnapping of Kevyn Wynn, daughter of Steve Wynn, called Vegas Fed. In his podcast, he covers the extortion of $1.45 million dollars from Wynn and his Mirage Hotel and Casino. O’Connell was the lead prosecutor throughout the investigation and trial. This was just one of many highly profile cases he tried during his tenure in Las Vegas. He also developed several programs in coordination with local police as well as federal agencies in Las Vegas, as well as the Clark County District Attorney’s Office. These programs focused on targeting Felons and Firearms, Methamphetamine Labs, and Interstate Trafficking in Juveniles for Prostitution.
O’Connell was born in the Bronx, N.Y, into a family of police officers. After law school, he joined the Suffolk County Police Department. Following that, he became an Assistant District Attorney for Suffolk County. Tom served there in the District Court and Rackets Bureaus, then later in the Special Investigations Unit. In addition to his 13 years in the Las Vegas U.S. Attorneys Office, he served for 8 years in the Northern District of California. He prosecuted primarily violent crime and gang cases there. He even spearheaded Operation Garlic Press, a joint state-federal sting, which resulted in 118 arrests. To this day, that operation resulted in one of the biggest takedowns in California history.
Tom retired in 2013 and relocated back to Las Vegas. Since then, he has helped trained Las Vegas Metro, North Las Vegas and Henderson police, and U.S. Probation. He’s addressed inmates at High Desert State Prison and guest lectured at both UNLV and Boyd School of Law.