A Brief Look at Crime 9/06 – 9/12

Arrests Made Over Gambling Robbery, Homicide In Dallas

In the middle of August, an illegal gambling hall had been raided in Dallas. The raid was not enacted by authorities, unfortunately, and this time it ended in bloodshed. On Friday, the 13th of August, two young men stormed an illegal gambling hall in the 9200 block of Skillman Street in northeast Dallas. One arrest was made a week after the robbery and murder, as Damion Deqail Williams was apprehended for the murder of Warren Cooksey. The charges stand with capital murder and burglary. A bail has been imposed, and the bail will require $1,025,000 be paid in order to remove the young man from prison.

Officials: Aurora man duped investors to fund gambling habit

An Aurora man was arrested and charged today with duping a number of people out of $228,000 to fund his gambling habit by claiming they were investing in the purchase of 7-Eleven stores, officials said. Maheskumar Desai, 51, was charged with felony theft, according to a release issued by Cook County State’s Atty. Anita Alvarez. He is charged with using the money on personal expenses and to gamble and had amassed $1 million in gambling losses, prosecutors said.

Sacramento sheriff: Man arrested in slaying of horse trainer

A 26-year-old Antelope man is in custody in Kern County today, accused in the killing of a well-known horse trainer in his Watt Avenue apartment last weekend, according to authorities. The Sacramento County coroner’s office has not yet determined how May was killed, saying only that a number of factors contributed to his death, Curran said. Detectives believe he was killed sometime between the morning of Aug. 26 and the afternoon of Aug. 28, when a neighbor discovered his front door ajar and his body on the floor. Detectives do not know the motive for the killing. Initially, they investigated the possibility that May’s affinity for gambling might have played a role, but they have not determined whether that is the case, Curran said.

Gambling Robbery Goes Awry In West Virginia, Assailant Takes Bullet

A failed gambling heist in West Virginia has scored a point for civil rights, while proving to criminals that the risk is rarely worth the reward. Just after midnight on September 8th, a young male walked into Teresa’s Cafe wearing a bandana over his face. Armed with a shot gun, Chad Wehrle, 30, demanded that everyone within the establishment hit the floor. Wehrle has demanded money from the gaming establishment, a video lottery center, and was met with Resistance. Douglas James, an employee of the store, had risen from the floor with a .44 handgun and fired two shots at Wehrle, according to Johnny Rutherford, Chief Deputy of Kanawha County. Wehrle was apprehended when he went to the hospital almost an hour later in order to receive treatment for his wounds.

Ruthless Killer Murders Man For Casino Winnings

A 55 year old man fell prey to ruthless criminals after winning several thousand dollars at a Southern Californian casino on Friday.  The unnamed man had been enjoying a winning night out at the Hawaiian Gardens Casino with a woman friend and had left the casino when, unbeknownst to them, the criminals were following them close behind in a small grey vehicle with tinted windows.

Eventually catching up to them on South Andres Place in Santa Ana, the victim’s car was then cut off while one of the assailants demanded he handed over an envelope containing his winnings. A fight then ensued and the victim was robbed, knocked down and then run over while on the ground as the assailant’s escaped in their vehicle. Responding to a call at 5:30 a.m from the victim’s distraught and terrified woman friend, officers arrived on the scene but it was too late to save the man.

Married man blackmailed by former lover

A married man paid his former lover almost $250,000 over five years after she threatened to reveal their affair to his wife. The court was told Lynch met her victim via the internet in June 2005 and they began a sexual relationship. He agreed to lend her money on the understanding she would pay him back, and while she gave various reasons for needing money, she was actually feeding a gambling habit. After discovering the man was married, Lynch threatened to expose their affair unless he met her demands. She later told police she felt betrayed when she discovered he was married.

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