HANOVER, Md. (WJZ)—Police have arrested two men they say were responsible for a brazen robbery at Maryland’s biggest and busiest casino.
Derek Valcourt has more on the crime and how police tracked down the suspects.
These casinos are chock full of security cameras for obvious reasons, so when crime happens anywhere here–like in a massive parking garage–chances are the cameras are watching.
It all started Sunday, shortly before 8 a.m. as a 58-year-old man slept in his car inside the Maryland Live! Casino garage. He woke to the sound of someone tampering with his vehicle. When he got out to investigate, he was approached by two men, one wielding a knife.
“He tried to jump back in his vehicle. The one with the knife put his knife inside the vehicle up to the guy’s neck and threatened him and told him he wanted his property,” said Lt. T.J. Smith, Anne Arundel County Police.
With dozens of cameras nearby, it didn’t take long for detectives to find surveillance video of the car the suspects got away in. Soon police tracked down and arrested 21-year-old Demetrious Manar of Laurel and 22-year-old Kacy Queen Jr. of Glen Burnie.
Detectives are also giving some of the credit to the victim, who was able to positively identify the suspects in a photo lineup.
It’s not the first robbery at the popular casino. Back in July, police arrested Paul Morin, 32, for robbing two women at knifepoint.
The latest crime is concerning to those who frequent the area.
“Crime is just escalating everywhere. I don’t know that it’s any worse or better but I think the casino brings a different crowd sometimes,” said Becky Simpson.
“Guess if the cameras help catch people, it makes me feel better,” said a woman who asked to be identified only as Donna. “But it’s not stopping them.”
For its part, Maryland Live! Casino declined to speak on camera about the crime or their extensive security cameras. Instead, they issued a written statement. It reads, in part, “We have highly sophisticated resources at our disposal, as well as a substantial security force that make it nearly impossible for anyone to perpetrate a crime on our property and get away with it.”
Both suspects in this latest robbery now face multiple charges, including armed robbery and assault. Both have prior convictions on their criminal records.
The victim walked away with only a minor injury from the confrontation.
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