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A Billings man suspected of robbing a casino in April denied federal charges on Tuesday.

Christopher Richard Mundt, 27, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with robbery affecting commerce.

Prosecutor Lori Suek alleges that on April 25, Mundt stole cash from an employee of the Powderhorn Casino by threatening force and violence.

A Billings Police Department report on April 26 said two Billings casinos were robbed on April 25 within a 30-minute window. The first robbery occurred at about 10:45 p.m. at the Powderhorn Lounge, at 4912 Laurel Road, while the second robbery happened at the Barrel Room, 1027 Shiloh Crossing.

The Powderhorn Lounge is connected to the Muzzleloader Café. Police said the suspect in that robbery was a white man in his 30s, tall, skinny and with short black hair.

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The Barrel Room suspect was a woman who had a bandanna over her face, police said.

If convicted, Mundt faces a maximum 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. U.S. Magistrate Timothy Cavan set a detention hearing for Thursday. The case will be heard by U.S. District Judge Susan Watters.

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