UPDATE: Police Nab Man Suspected Maryland Live! Casino Robber
UPDATE (2:46 p.m. July 22, 2013): Police reported that detectives from the Western District immediately began investigating this incident and were able to identify a suspect with assistance from alert witnesses and security personnel along with surveillance footage at the Maryland Live! Casino. An arrest warrant was subsequently obtained charging the suspect, Paul Johann Morin, 32, of Bowie, with armed robbery, robbery, second degree assault and related charges. On Monday, the suspect was taken into custody and processed at the Western District police station. He has since been committed at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center, Anne Arundel County Police Department spokesman Justin Mulcahy said.
“I want to thank the detectives who worked quickly based on the information they received to bring this case to a closure,” said Chief of Police Kevin Davis. “Without our partnership with the Casino and the vigilance of the witnesses, we would not have been able to bring this case to such a quick resolution.”
ORIGINAL POST (10:48 a.m. July 22, 2013): Anne Arundel County Police are looking for a suspect in two armed robbery incidents at Maryland Live! Casino just before 8 p.m. on Sunday evening in Hanover. Police spokesman Justin Mulcahy said that one of the robberies was successful, while the other fruitless.
The suspect, a thin-build white man, 5’6″ to 5’10″ in his 20s, remains at large and police are asking for the public’s help in finding the man, Mulcahy said.
One of the victims was inside the Maryland Live! Casino, about to enter an elevator when the man approached and tried to rob her of her purse at knife point. Police said the victim, a 71-year-old woman, fought off the man. The victim was not injured and the suspect was not successful. The man ran off in an unknown direction. This incident happened around 7:44 p.m., the report said.
While at the scene with the first victim, officers learned of a second incident at the same location. A woman, 35, was sitting in her car in the parking garage of the casino when she was approached by a man meeting the same description. He pointed the knife at her and demanded money after opening her car door, Mulcahy said.
She gave an unknown amount of money to the man, who then fled. The second victim was uninjured.
Police canvassed the area, but did not locate the suspect. The official police description is for a:
- white man
- in his 20s
- 5’6″ to 5’10″ tall
- skinny build
- white baseball hat with (unknown) logo
- greenish t-shirt with (unknown) logo on front
- greenish cargo shorts
- dark-colored flip flops
Numerous officers canvassed the area for the suspect with negative results. The investigation is continuing at this time.
If you have information about this incident, please call, email, or text your tip to Metro Crime Stoppers Hotline Available 24-Hours A Day Toll Free at 1-866-7LOCKUP or Text “MCS plus your message” to CRIMES (274637). Phone calls are not recorded and callers remain anonymous. You may also be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000!
Maryland Live! Casino opened in June of 2012. Table games were added in April of 2013.
It appears that maybe criminals have taken notice in the Arundel Mills Mall/Maryland Live! Casino area in the 13 months since opening. Here are a few highlights:
- June 12, 2013. Purse-snatcher at Maryland Live! gets away in a Ford Expedition, police ask for the public’s help. NBC4 story on that incident here.
- February 15, 2013, police said that a woman was stabbed in the hand and robbed in the Arundel Mills parking lot. A suspect from Baltimore County was taken into custody. Story here.
- January 29, 2013, Police arrest a suspect after an attempted armed robbery with a handgun in the parking lot of Arundel Mills mall. Story on that incident from Eye on Annapolis here.
- August of 2012, a man stole a car at Maryland Live! Casino, then used the car owners’ registration to burglarize her home in South River Colony. We did a story on that incident here.