Daily Archives: September 8, 2020

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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