A Brief Look at Crime 06/03 – 06/09

Police: Man stabbed on Mystic Lake Casino floor early Thursday morning

Prior Lake Police say a man was stabbed early Thursday morning on the floor of Mystic Lake Casino. Officers responded to the casino at 2 a.m. about the stabbing. Upon arrival, officers found one male victim with a stab wound to his abdomen. The injuries were non-life threatening. Prior Lake Police Chief Booker Hodges said the two males involved in the incident had known each other previously and came into contact with one another at the casino. One man reportedly asked the other if he had money to spare, which the other said he did not. Then, the suspect hugged the victim and stabbed him in the abdomen in the process. The suspect fled the scene, but was arrested in his hotel room at the casino shortly afterward.

Life in prison for 19-time felon shot fleeing Vegas police

A 19-time felon suspected of escaping from authorities, getting shot by Las Vegas police and leading a wild chase in a stolen truck stood before a judge the next day, his arm in a bandage, to be sentenced to life in prison. “At some point you have to say, Mr. Ganci, you can’t be in the public and not break the law,” the judge said. “I think it’s time you pay the consequences.” Ganci’s sentencing was delayed for a day after he failed to appear in court Wednesday. Smith gave Ganci five consecutive life terms without parole for being found guilty in February of armed robbery, kidnapping, battery and two counts of conspiracy. His 19th conviction was for admitting he had a gun. He had been accused of abducting and robbing a man who escaped Ganci and a woman at a Las Vegas casino. No bystanders were struck by gunfire and no one was seriously hurt in vehicles rammed by the pickup, police said.

Fake Investor Gets 5-Year Arizona Prison Term;Must Repay $1M

A Texas man who was a bogus investor has been sentenced to five years in federal prison in Arizona for stealing funds from his clients. Federal prosecutors say 33-year-old Daniel Braden was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix and ordered to pay more than $1 million in restitution. Braden had previously pleaded guilty to wire fraud for inducing clients to invest in fake opportunities he promoted. Prosecutors say the Spring, Texas, man portrayed himself as an experienced trader and falsely claimed to be working with Bank of America Merrill Lynch. They say Braden provided investors fabricated account statements that he created and assured investors that their funds were insured. But prosecutors say Braden diverted the funds to high-risk trading, sports and casino gambling or to support himself financially.

Philadelphia lawyer reciprocally disbarred after allegedly misappropriating funds for gambling debts 

Philadelphia attorney Frank Nathan Tobolsky has been reciprocally disbarred in Florida following a Feb. 28 Florida Supreme Court order after he allegedly misappropriated money to feed his gambling addiction, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar. A New Jersey ethics committee rejected Tobolsky’s defense “based on his gambling addiction and depression” the New Jersey Supreme Court said in its decision handed down in March 2018 to disbar Tobolsky in that state. Attorneys disbarred in Florida generally cannot reapply for admission for five years and must pass an extensive process that includes a rigorous background check and retaking the bar exam.

Apparent murder-suicide at Hard Rock

A doctor and his daughter are dead after an apparent murder-suicide on the grounds of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. Police found that a vehicle owned by [the father] arrived at the complex minutes before the bodies were found, and that the car was parked on the eighth floor of the Winner’s Way parking garage, Bitner said. Seminole Police haven’t said how the father and daughter died and haven’t released additional information about their case. The investigation’s preliminary findings “point to a murder-suicide,” Bitner said. [The father] was a staff radiologist at the Lower Keys Medical Center in Key West from December 2014 until his death, a hospital spokeswoman said. He was licensed to practice medicine in Florida and Michigan, state records show.

Man arrested after gambling turned deadly in Birmingham (AL)

Detectives said an altercation began while several people were gambling in the 1200 block of 12th Street North in Birmingham. At 9:21 p.m., officers from the North Precinct were called to the location and found three people shot. One person was dead, and two others, including one juvenile, were taken to UAB for treatment. Durand Witherspoon, 22, of Birmingham, has been identified as the victim. Tarek Owens, 31, of Birmingham, has been named the suspect by Birmingham Police. He is being held in the Jefferson County Jail.

Authorities destroy 600 gaming machines seized in Jefferson County

Authorities on Tuesday destroyed about 600 gaming machines seized from an illegal gambling operation in Jefferson County. Sheriff Lafayette Woods Jr. said the agency had paid about $22,400 to store the machines at the Pines Mall in Pine Bluff since the machines were seized in 2013. Authorities had hoped to sell the machines to a company outside the state but didn’t receive any offers. The gaming machines were destroyed as plans take shape for the first legal casino in the county. The Oklahoma-based Quapaw Tribe plans to open the Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff in 2020.

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