Tip helped lead to arrest of suspect in Neenah robbery and fatal shooting at local saloon

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OSHKOSH — A tip from the public and a discarded cigarette helped lead police to the man arrested last week in connection with the death of Kevin "Hollywood" Hein, who was shot and killed Oct. 14 outside the Short Branch Saloon in Neenah. 

Casey Cameron, 36, of Menasha, was arrested Friday, a few weeks after investigators got a tip that he had "a lot of characteristics of the suspect," including scratches near his right eye and a roommate with a vehicle that matched a description police released to the public, according to a criminal complaint. 

The tipster also claimed Cameron was a member of the "Hell's Lover Motorcycle Club" and went by the nickname "Amish," the complaint says. 

On Nov. 1, a police officer spotted Cameron driving and smoking a cigarette in the same vehicle. When Cameron tossed a cigarette near the intersection of Main Street and Tayco Street in Menasha, the officer picked it up.

The discarded cigarette was sent to the Wisconsin State Crime Lab, which was able to match DNA evidence from the cigarette to other DNA evidence found at the scene of the shooting, including a bandana police believe was worn by the suspect.

Cameron was charged Wednesday with first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree recklessly endangering safety and armed robbery. He appeared in court Wednesday afternoon in Oshkosh. He is being held on a $750,000 cash bond.

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A bartender working at the time of the incident told police a man with sunglasses and a bandana over his face walked into the bar and asked her to put all of the money in a bag, the complaint says. At first, the bartender thought the man was joking and began to laugh.

Hein made a comment and left out the front door, the complaint says. The man told Hein not to leave, but Hein walked outside anyway. The man grabbed the bag with the money, then followed Hein outside.

The bartender heard a gunshot and thought the man shot Hein in the chest, "based on the fact that Hein grabbed his chest," the complaint says. The bartender then heard what she thought was wrestling, then two or three more gunshots. She looked out the window and saw the man running toward his vehicle across the street.

When police officers arrived at the scene, Hein was on the ground near the entrance to the bar. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A total of four shell casings were found at the scene, along with a black bandana, a few $20 bills and a few droplets of blood near a spot a video recorded by a customer at the bar shows the suspect bent over, the complaint says.

Cameron is scheduled to appear in court again Nov. 21.

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