Monthly Archives: September 2020

Unregulated Slot Machine Manufacture Found Guilty of Illegal Gambling in Western Missouri

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing struggles to properly regulate illegal slot machines outside of casinos in Missouri.  These slot machines, often referred to as pre-reveal machines, have been popping up all over the state claiming to be legal games and not slot machines.  The regulatory problems have mostly stemmed from disorganization regarding who needed to be regulating these machines.  Local prosecutors had to take the lead and bring charges in their individual jurisdictions while the Missouri Legislature debated how to handle the situation.  The results of the first prosecution attempt are in and as expected, the machines were deemed illegal. The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports:

A Platte County Circuit Court judge on Tuesday found a Kansas-based company guilty of promoting illegal gambling in the first degree, a class E felony that carries a fine of up to $10,000.

The ruling against Shawnee, Kansas-based Integrity Vending LLC likely will have wide-ranging consequences: gaming companies have long argued that their machines are legal under Missouri law; the Missouri Highway Patrol and some county prosecutors have disagreed, saying the machines are illegal gambling devices. Observers had long awaited Judge Thomas Fincham’s ruling for clarity on what kind of games Missouri law actually allows.

The unregulated machines — state officials estimated last year there were about 14,000 of them in gas stations, bars and clubs across the state — have come under fire because of the stealth nature by which they were deployed.

Unlike regulated gaming, no proceeds are diverted to education. There are also no government-sanctioned resources for addicted gamblers or rules to protect consumers from low payouts.

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A Brief Look at Crime 9/14 – 9/20

Man Admits Killing Brother at Atlantic City Casino Hotel

A Philadelphia man who fatally beat his younger brother in an Atlantic City casino hotel room last year has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter. John Villante, 39, entered his plea Thursday, according to Atlantic County prosecutors. He’s scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 26. Villante’s younger brother, Joseph, was found May 28 in a hotel room at Harrah’s casino. An autopsy determined the 32-year-old Philadelphia man died from numerous injuries, including blunt force trauma to the head. Investigators also found defensive wounds on the victim’s hands. Villante was arrested two days later in Philadelphia. At that time, he denied any involvement in the death, telling police his brother must have fallen in the shower.

Arizona woman arrested for allegedly stealing $1 million from international poker star

An Arizona woman accused of stealing $1 million worth of gambling chips, cash and other valuables from the home of a professional poker player has been arrested in Nevada. International champion Antonio Esfandiari and his father, Bejan Esfandiari had just returned home from a trip to California on July 13,m when they discovered $150,000 in cash and another $300,000 to $500,000 in poker chips were missing from their safe inside the Panorama Towers condominium near the Strip, according to the Las Vegas-Review Journal. Police said a platinum diamond bracelet worth $350,000, a Hublot Aerofusion watch worth $35,000, a Cartier watch worth $6,000, a Gucci silver watch worth $2,000, a Patek Philippe watch valued at $7,000 and a gold suitcase were also taken. Esfandiari, who has been on the poker-playing scene for more than 20 years, told authorities that only one other person, a woman identified Svitlana Silva, had access to the residence. The 46-year-old suspect had been living with Esfandiari and his father on and off for a few months, the Journal reported. She also had regularly used his iPhone and iPad which had similar passwords to the key code on the safe, according to the police report.

Giants’ DeAndre Baker hit with $100K civil suit alleging he stole $74K from three men at gunpoint in Florida

Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker is now facing a $100,000 civil lawsuit from three men alleging he robbed them at gunpoint on May 13. Meanwhile, Judge Mariya Weekes has pushed the arraignment for Baker’s criminal case, with regards to the same incident, from September 15 to January 20, 2021, which is well after the 2020 NFL regular season is slated to conclude. The 22-year-old already faces four charges of armed robbery for allegedly robbing four men at gunpoint and pushing an accomplice to shoot one of them at a gambling party in Miramar, Florida.

As reported by the New York Daily News, Baker is on the NFL’sCommissioner Exempt List — which means Baker wouldn’t be able to play in the NFL this season unless he resolves his case in some other way at an earlier date. While the Giants have not released Baker or assigned another player his famous jersey No. 27, insiders told the Daily News in July that they did not expect him to remain a part of the team much longer. That said, the new lawsuit filed in Broward County Court on Monday, August 31, includes a civil action summons requiring law enforcement agencies and Baker to supply all relevant information and a written defense respectively. All three plaintiffs have reportedly demanded a jury trial.

Colchester, Connecticut Woman Sentenced to Prison for Gambling Motivated Embezzlement 

John H. Durham,United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that [a Colchester woman] was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley in Bridgeport to six months of imprisonment, followed by two years of supervised release, for embezzling from her employer. According to court documents and statements in court today, [she] was employed as a bookkeeper for Greylock Property Group LLC and its owner. Between approximately July 2017 and August 2018, [she] used her access to her employers’ bank accounts to embezzle $413,180 of their money by making withdrawals at ATMs, writing checks to herself, and transferring funds to her own accounts. Judge Dooley ordered [her] to make full restitution, and to participate in mental health treatment and a gambling addiction treatment program while she is on supervised release.

Guns and gambling: New details in the mysterious disappearance and death of Vida Smith

The mystery surrounding Vida Smith’s disappearance and death involves gambling and guns, CBC News has learned. Kevin Barton, 60, is charged with manslaughter, accused of killing Smith, 69, who was his friend and business partner. Her body has not been found since her disappearance in Calgary earlier this summer. The relationship between the accused and his alleged victim involved blackjack card counting with ties to casinos across the country and in Las Vegas, according to sources. Barton is now also charged with 27 firearms-related offences. The offence date listed on court documents is July 30, the day Barton was arrested. Some of the charges involve allegations that five guns — two rifles and three handguns — were found in a Cadillac Escalade, the same vehicle police allege Barton travelled to Edmonton in the day after Smith was last seen. CBC News has agreed not to identify members of Calgary’s gambling community, casino employees and police officers connected to the investigation who spoke about Barton.

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Whistleblower Lawsuit Alleges Caesars Rushed to Reopen during Covid-19 Pandemic Which Violated California Labor Law

Casino Watch Focus has long reported on the ongoing impact the coronavirus has had on the gambling industry.  The pandemic has been understandably disruptive, but the goal of the government and community leaders has been to balance keeping people safe and preventing the spread of the virus against keeping the economy from collapse and keeping people employed where possible.  Unfortunately, the gambling industry isn’t in any way viewed as essential, which places its employees in an incredibly tough position.  However, maintaining a balance isn’t just about doing what’s morally correct, but it’s also about following the various laws of each jurisdiction.  This year has already seen a casino close properties it had just opened after not having or enforcing proper PPE equipment which lead to an employee’s death.  Additionally, a suit was filed by Las Vegas hospitality workers claiming they didn’t have proper protections. Now, a new southern California whistleblower lawsuit has been filed by a casino executive that alleges he was forced to quit for opposing a rush to reopen.  The San Diego Union – Tribune reports:

A Harrah’s Resort Southern California  executive who resigned before the casino reopened in May has filed a lawsuit against the parent company, Caesars Enterprise Services, alleging the tribal casino rushed to reopen despite safety concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Darrell Pilant, who had served as the senior vice president and general manager, worked for the company for 23 years. He alleges that he was forced to resign  from his position because he said he didn’t want to follow the direction of his employer to reopen because doing so posed a threat to employee and customer health, according to the lawsuit filed Aug. 31.

This suit isn’t simply about an executive being pushed out of the organization.  This suit alleges that Caesars has violated California laws aimed at protection in order to place business and profits first.  The The San Diego Union – Tribune continues:

The lawsuit, which declares it is a whistleblower action, claims that in reopening during the pandemic, the casino violated the California Labor Code and Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations for the health and safety of employees.

“Pilant, among other things, alleges that Caesars constructively terminated his employment because he opposed and refused to carry out Caesars’ directive to reopen Harrah’s Resort Southern California,” the lawsuit states. “Rather than carry out the illegal and dangerous directive of his employer, Mr. Pilant had no alternative but to resign his long-time employment with Caesars.”

Harrah’s Resort Southern California is operated by Caesars Enterprise Services, but is owned by the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians and located on its 5,000-acre reservation in North County. Tribal Chairman Bo Mazzetti said profits from the casino make up about 85 percent of the tribe’s budget during an interview in April.

“The disregard for public health and safety outlined in this lawsuit is consistent with the arrogance we’ve grown to expect from many tribal casino operators in California,” Kirkland said. “By remaining open while other indoor recreational facilities have been forced to close, they have demonstrated a lack of concern for the health of their employees, guests and the surrounding communities in the pursuit of slot machine profits.”

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A Brief Look at Crime 9/07 – 9/13

2 Charged In Alleged $4 Million Gambling Scheme Involving Livermore Casino Dealer

Two people have been charged in an alleged Livermore gambling scheme involving a theft of about $4 million, state prosecutors said Monday. Husband and wife Eric Nguyen and Khan “Tina” Tran were charged and arraigned in connection with the alleged theft from the 580 Casino in Livermore where Tran worked as a Baccarat dealer. Prosecutors allege that the pair conspired to cheat at Baccarat between 2015 and 2017. Allegedly Tran would look at the sequence of cards and disclose that sequence to Nguyen who would place large bets when he saw the sequence. Prosecutors charged Tran and Nguyen with felony grand theft, conspiracy to commit grand theft as well as an enhancement that alleges a theft of more than $500,000. The pair was arrested May 6 in Harris County, Texas.

The ‘Lottery Lawyer’ promised winners he’d protect their money. Then he stole millions, feds say

For nearly a decade, Jason Kurland promoted himself as the go-to lawyer for lottery winners. If his self-proclaimed moniker of the “Lottery Lawyer” wasn’t enough, he also did endless interviews and tweeted at winners, always with the hashtag #callme. His promise was simple: He would help them navigate the lottery system and protect big winners from the predators coming for their cash. In fact, Kurland was the one stealing tens of millions from his clients, federal prosecutors said on Tuesday. And he allegedly worked with a known mob associate to execute his scheme. An indictment from the U.S. attorney of the Eastern District of New York alleges that Kurland, 46, defrauded three lottery winning clients out of $107 million. One of his alleged partners was Christopher Chierchio, 52, who prosecutors say is a known soldier for the Genovese crime family. “The defendants callously thought they could line their pockets with lottery winnings without consequence, but today their luck ran out,” said Seth D. DuCharme, the acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, in a news release.

Nearly 60 Gaming Machines Seized in Illegal Gambling Raid

Pennsylvania State Police along with Berks County law enforcement officers seized nearly 60 electronic gaming machines during a raid on a business, authorities said Friday. Berks County District Attorney John Adams announced Thursday’s operation during a news conference, saying almost $68,000 had been confiscated along with the machines from the 777 Casino in Kenhorst, Pennsylvania, operated by Windfall Amusements. No charges had been filed as of Friday in what Adams said was an ongoing investigation. Adams said the tip about allegedly illegal gambling machines came from an anonymous source who contacted the State Police. He said investigators read about the business in newspaper articles because the operators had sought approvals from several borough entities to adjust its hours of operations and to add additional gaming machines. Capt. James Jones with the State Police said it’s not unusual for gaming facilities to operate in the open.

Woman stole nearly $246,000 from employer, charges say

A Montgomery woman is accused of embezzling nearly $246,000 from her employer over the past five years to pay for personal items, trips and gambling. Anderson Engineering is an engineering and investigation services company in New Prague. The company said funds were stolen over various time periods between 2015 and 2020. Whiteis said that when confronted with the accusations, Mills resigned and allegedly admitted to the embezzlement. The complaint said Mills stole the funds by paying herself more via payroll, personal charges on company cards, theft through PayPal transactions and thefts from bank accounts. Authorities said that in a taped interview, after being advised of her rights, Mills said she used the money for personal purchases and trips and that she gambled. Mills allegedly said she intended to pay back the funds but that “it got completely out of control.”

Third arrest made in murder case linked to ‘illegal gambling den’ in Paradise Hills home

Homicide detectives have arrested a third man suspected of taking part in a June killing at a Paradise Hills home where two of the suspects, who are brothers, were allegedly running an illegal gambling den and cannabis grow operation.  Investigators arrested the third suspect, 30-year-old Joshua Barnum, on Tuesday on suspicion of murder, according to San Diego police homicide Lt. Andra Brown. Barnum is accused of taking part in the June 5 slaying of 44-year-old San Diego resident Sean Heidleberg Nixon, who was strangled with a strap from a tent used for growing cannabis, prosecutors said. During court hearings in July and last week for the Sales Montano brothers, Deputy District Attorney Michael Reilly described what allegedly led up to the June 5 slaying. Reilly said the brothers were running the gambling den out of the garage of a home on Freed Manor Lane, south of Bullock Drive, in Paradise Hills. According to the prosecutor, Nixon attempted to take a fanny pack containing $30 and was initially kicked out, but was later allowed back inside. Later that night, the brothers “launched a surprise, coordinated attack” on Nixon while the victim’s back was turned, Reilly said.

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Miami Florida Area Poker Room and Jai Alai Fronton Gambling Expansion Opposition Suit Allowed to Proceed

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing efforts to secure a new casino in the Edgewater district near Miami, FL.  The community has opposed such a casino and other smaller gambling expansion attempts by the existing casino such as a proposed jai alai fronton and poker room in the Edgewater neighborhood.  Those in charge made zoning changes in the city area to ensure the Edgewater proposal couldn’t move forward.  This action was challenged in court and several subsequent political maneuverings took place to try to keep the project on course, including a questionable settlement.  The Miami-Herald explains:

Under the agreement, West Flagler could apply for a permit for a summer jai-alai facility. The casino agreed to not operate slot machines at the fronton and to not seek legal fees from the city. If West Flagler wanted to open a card room in the facility in the future, it would need approval only by three of five Miami commissioners.

That settlement was based on questionable grounds, according to the judicial order, which stated that the City of Miami settled with West Flagler because its zoning administrators gave the casino operator letters in 2012 and 2018 saying that it could operate a jai-alai and card room in Edgewater. But Hanzman said the letters may or may not have been issued legally.

“If the Settlement Agreement resulted from a lawful exercise of discretion it will remain enforceable and West Flagler will be permitted to operate in accordance with its terms and conditions. If it is an illegal contract that is void, it will be West Flagler’s prerogative to decide whether to pursue claims against the City based upon its alleged reliance on the Letters, or any other viable theory,” Hanzman said in his order.

As a result of the settlement, a local business claimed standing and pushed forth a lawsuit.  Naturally, the suit that challenged, however, a local judge is allowing the lawsuit to move forward.  The Miami-Herald explains:

A legal challenge to a jai-alai fronton and poker room planned for Edgewater remains in play.

Miami-Dade Circuit Civil Judge Michael Hanzman ruled in August that a lawsuit against the City of Miami and West Flagler Associates, owner of Magic City Casino, can proceed. The suit, filed in March by auto dealer Norman Braman and developer Jorge Pérez, seeks to block the gambling facility set for Biscayne Boulevard in the burgeoning neighborhood between the Omni and the Design District.

Braman and Pérez are able to sue, Hanzman ruled, because a February settlement agreement between the City of Miami and West Flagler was not decided by a court and can be challenged by parties that are impacted by the plans. The settlement was vetoed by Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.

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A Brief Look at Crime 8/31 – 9/06

Man shot and killed outside Tacoma’s Emerald Queen Casino

A man was shot and killed inside a parking garage at Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma on Friday. Puyallup Tribal Police responded to the shooting just before midnight, saying the suspect ran from the scene. Tribal police have called the FBI to investigate, which is standard procedure for major crimes on the Puyallup reservation. Police have not given a suspect description. At this time, it is unknown if the shooting was random or targeted. Tribal officers and casino security performed CPR on the victim. He was pronounced dead just after 1 a.m. Saturday.

Illegal Sports Book Arrests Made In Ontario

Illegal gambling and sportsbook operations remain a major challenge for Canadian lawmakers. This once again made news headlines when Ontario Provincial Police charged several people following an illegal gambling ring raid conducted provincewide. The Canadian Revenue Agency within a matter of weeks executed at least 12 warrants leading to assets to the value of CA$24 million being effectively seized by government. The operations raided are all assumed to be somehow connected to notorious motorcycle corporation, the Hells Angels. He recently seized assets include three residences, a vacant property, eight passenger vehicles, and a motorcycle. Police also managed to seize CA$82,590 and US$25,398 in cash, along with Psilocybin and Marihuana with a street value of CA$66,986.

Man sold fatal dose of fentanyl at Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, feds say 

A man from Wright City has admitted selling a dose of fentanyl at the Ameristar Casino that killed someone Sunday, the U.S. attorney’s office said. Ledra A. Craig, 43, was charged by complaint in U.S. District Court in St. Louis on Tuesday with distribution of fentanyl. The investigation began after two men passed out in a car Sunday morning. The car rolled down a St. Charles street and into someone’s yard, charging documents say. Police and medical personnel were only able to revive one of the men, who later told investigators that the pair bought what they thought was cocaine from someone at the casino. Police found surveillance video showing Craig selling something to the two men, charging documents say, and an undercover officer then bought $400 worth of fentanyl from Craig. After police arrested Craig, he said he sold fake fentanyl to the officer, charging documents say. He said he met the men in the casino elevator and admitted selling them fentanyl, but said he told them what it was and that it was not cocaine, the charges say.

Thousands of cockfighting roosters found during raid on L.A. property 

California authorities are crying foul against occupiers of an L.A. property after approximately two to three thousand roosters were found being bred for cockfighting. On Monday, L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant on a multi-acre property in the Chatsworth neighborhood as part of an investigation related to animal cruelty and possession of game fowl for fighting purposes, according to a news release. Police also found several hundred livestock on the property in “various states of health,” the sheriff’s department said. Pictures from the scene showed roosters packed into cages, as well as dogs and even a horse with what appeared to be blood on its legs. Several people at the property were detained and all animals will be inspected and documented by Animal Care and Control officers, the department said.

Grandma gets 17 years in prison after 5-year-old dies in hot car while she gambled at Oklahoma casino

A reckless Oklahoma grandma was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison Thursday after a 5-year-old boy who was in her care died inside a hot car while she gambled. Alanna Jean Orr, 50, left the victim in a casino parking lot for six hours on June 21, 2018, as the temperature in the city of Harrah reached as high as 90 degrees, federal authorities said. She called 911 after discovering the child unresponsive in her vehicle around 7 p.m. that day, but first responders could not revive him, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Oklahoma. A grand jury returned an indictment in April 2019 charging her with second-degree murder by child neglect. The Oklahoma City woman pleaded guilty in July, but her sentencing hearing only happened this week, nearly a year later.

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NFL Player uses Coronavirus Loans Illegally at Hard Rock Casino in FL

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the various complications and disruptions of how Covid-19 is impacting the gambling industry.  Some of those stories have also involved criminal activity ranging from illegal gambling venues that opened up after regulated casinos were shut down due to lockdown, to casinos not enforcing new guidelines to not providing the proper mandated PPE equipment for employees.  Now a high profiled loan fraud case is front and center as an NFL player has taken money from the government and spent it at the Hard Rock Casino in Florida.  A local news agency reports:

Investigators say that Josh Bellamy, a wide receiver from St. Petersburg who was released by the New York Jets earlier this week, was among a group of people who filed fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program loan applications for more than $24 million.

He has been charged in South Florida federal court with wire and bank fraud in addition to conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud. Bellamy allegedly got more than a million dollars for his own company, Drip Entertainment.

Investigators say he then bought $104,000 worth of luxury goods from designers like Dior and Gucci. They also allege that he spent more than $62,000 of the loan at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Broward.

Bellamy is accused of trying to get PPP loans for family members and Associates. The payments were part of the CARES Act, a federal law enacted in late March to provide emergency financial assistance to millions of Americans suffering the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

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A Brief Look at Crime 8/24 – 8/30

3 Stabbed on Floor of Atlantic City Casino, 4 Arrested (NJ)

Three men were stabbed on the floor of a casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, with one sustaining serious injuries, state police said. A spokesperson for the state police said they arrested four men at the Tropicana Atlantic City shortly before 3 a.m. on Monday in connection with the stabbings. One of the men arrested was also among the men stabbed. A representative of the casino declined to comment, The Press of Atlantic City reported. Authorities did not release all of the names of the three men who were stabbed, but said they were treated at a regional hospital. The four men arrested face charges including robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon, aggravated assault, possession of cocaine, tampering with evidence and criminal attempt homicide.

200 Computers Seized in Illegal Gambling Operation Repurposed to Help Brevard Students (FL)

A 2016 investigation into an illegal gambling operation that resulted in the seizure of more than 200 computers is now being turned into a resource to help students throughout Brevard County and around the State. Once the criminal prosecution was completed, the Cocoa Police Department donated the seized computers to a local non-profit, whose mission is to repurpose computers for use by students in local area schools. Computers Advancing Education Inc. and its team of volunteers refurbished most of the 200 computers and has since donated them back to the community. Fremont “Freebie” Bassett, the founder of the non-profit, said the sole purpose is to help students, young and old, who need a computer to have one at no cost. Since its inception in 1997, Bassett says his non-profit has supplied refurbished computers to more than 9000 students.

Michigan man used phony faces to steal over $100G at casinos

A scam artist used prosthetic face masks and other disguises to pose as an elderly gambler and steal more than $100,000 from people at various Michigan casinos, the FBI said Thursday. Beginning in May 2019, Colletti developed a scheme of purchasing people’s identities online and creating false driver’s licenses, FBI Special Agent Julia MacBeth said. Since then, Colletti stole the identities of casino customers who were a part of a VIP program that allows cash advances from kiosks located inside the casinos, The Detroit News reported. The kiosks are located under camera surveillance, prompting Colletti’s disguise. The suspect was able to steal $98,840 from patrons of the MGM Grand Detroit, from April to May 2019, while wearing a full prosthetic mask, glasses, surgical masks and hats, MacBeth reportedly detailed in the affidavit.

Charred remains of professional poker player found in Michigan park

Police discovered the charred body of professional poker player Susie Zhao in a Michigan park, in what they have described as a “mysterious death.” Zhao’s body was discovered near the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area on the outskirts of Detroit around 8:30 a.m. on July 13, a day after her mother had last reported seeing her. White Lake Township Police released a statement on July 20, detailing the investigation into Zhao’s death, describing the body as “badly burned” as part of a “mysterious death.” Authorities said a motive is unclear, but police speculated that Zhao’s death may be connected to her gambling in other states. She arrived from Los Angeles only a few days prior. Zhao moved between Los Angeles and Las Vegas before recently moving to Michigan to live with her parents and “confront challenges in her personal life,” friends told WXYZ-TV. “Surprised, confused and saddened,” said her former roommate Yuval Bronshtein. “It’s hard to picture her having enemies.”

Camden attack: Man beaten to death in London casino 

A man in his 50s has been beaten to death in a casino in Camden, north London. The Metropolitan Police launched a murder investigation following the attack at City Slots in Camden High Street at around 10pm on Tuesday. Officers and paramedics were called to reports of a serious assault at the casino and found a man in his 50s with serious injuries. Despite efforts to save him, the victim was declared dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed. A man in his 20s was detained at the venue on suspicion of murder, after a staff member at the casino reportedly locked him inside the building once customers had fled. Witness Joshua Lyons, 19, told the /Evening Standard/: “Everyone was hysterical and quite shaken up. About 10 customers were inside when it happened. “The owner locked the doors. But that seemed to agitate [the attacker] more and he carried on the attack.” After watching the attacker being arrested, Mr Lyons said he saw the victim lying motionless on the floor inside the building. Police sergeant Alvaro Aracena-Fuentes described the crime as “shocking and brutal”. He confirmed the attack was “not gang-related”, according to the Camden New Journal.

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