Posted on: July 25, 2022, 8:36 AM.
Last updated: July 25, 2022, 8:37 AM.
A gunman allegedly fired a shot at a couple after they returned home from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood in Florida on Sunday. The masked bandit also stole their money, police said.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood in Florida, pictured above. Two casino visitors were robbed when they arrived at their home. (Image: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood)
The victims had been to the casino. They drove back to their home in Boca Roton, Florida, arriving around 4:30 a.m. As they exited their car, the robber pulled out the firearm, WPLG, a local TV station reported.
He demanded their money, wallets and cell phones, police said. He then jumped over a concrete wall. When he turned, he allegedly released the gun in their direction.
He then fled. No one was injured.
Police revealed the man was a black man, between six feet and six feet tall. He wore a black mask, dark pants and a long-sleeved hoodie.
The couple had spent the night at the Hard Rock. Police weren’t sure if the suspect had started following the couple into the casino. It was not immediately known how much money had been taken.
Robbery in Iowa
In an unrelated incident, two bandits forced an Iowa casino winner off the road in Des Moines earlier this month and stole more than $10,000 from her, police said. Police have arrested an alleged robber and are continuing to search for another.
One of the suspects is said to have broken the driver’s side window, opened the driver’s door and snatched her wallet from the car. The money she had just won while playing at Prairie Meadows Casino in Altoona was in her wallet.
Timothy Spencer, 30, of Delaware Township, Iowa, was arrested. He had a gun during the robbery, police say. He was the one who shattered the window and stole the wallet, police said.
Spencer was incarcerated in Polk County Jail. He is charged with first-degree theft, first-degree theft, armed with intent, conspiracy to commit a violent crime, failing to affix a drug stamp and possessing a controlled substance, according to online prison records.
He remained in custody. According to the WHO, a local TV station, the bail was set at $60,000. He is due to appear in court on August 1.
The victim was on his way home when the incident took place. She had won two separate jackpots at the casino. She was not injured.
It appears that at least one of the suspects began following the victim while she was still at the casino, police said. He continued to follow her and left the casino at the same time as she.
With her description, police identified Spencer on the Prairie Meadows surveillance video, police said. The footage showed him near the victim as she won the money. He was later arrested in the same casino.
In October, a 27-year-old Pennsylvania man was charged with first-degree murder after following a casino victim to his home, about 50 miles away.
Jekai Reid-John of Norristown reportedly followed Sree Aravapalli, 54, from the Parx Casino in Pennsylvania to Plainsboro, NJ, where he was shot and later died.
Hours before the shooting, Reid-John reportedly watched Aravapalli enter the playground of Bensalem, Pa. left with the win of the night.
Reid-John followed Aravapalli until the victim finally stopped at his house. Reid-John would then have followed him and entered the house through a sliding door. Aravapalli was downstairs when several shots were fired and he suffered “several gunshot wounds,” prosecutors said in a statement.
A car took off after the gunfire, a neighbor told police.
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