A warning for gamblers at Maryland Live! Casino after two women were confronted by a man with a knife. Police say don't walk alone and be aware of your surroundings. News4's Chris Gordon spoke to casino officials who say despite the robberies the casino is a safe bet for gamblers.
Anne Arundel County police arrested a suspect accused of robbing one woman and attempting to rob another -- both at knifepoint -- at Maryland Live! casino over the weekend.
Police say a man tried to rob two women in a short period of time early Sunday, escaping with cash from one of them.
The first incident happened around 7:45 a.m. Sunday. A 71-year-old woman was entering an elevator at the casino when she was approached by a man with a knife. He tried to grabbed her purse and fled the scene after failing to do so. The woman was not injured.
When officers arrived to investigate the robbery attempt, they learned that a man with a similar description attacked another woman in the parking garage. The 35-year-old victim was sitting in her car when the man opened her door, displayed a knife and demanded money.
He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Casino security worked with police to make a quick arrest, according to Maryland Live! Police charged 32-year-old Paul Johann Morin of Bowie with armed robbery, robbery and second-degree assault.
"High-tech surveillance cameras cover just about every inch of the facility, ensuring the likelihood that any perpetrator can and will be identified and quickly apprehended," read a statement from the casino.
"There are more cameras and cops in there than you can imagine," Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis said.
Casino officials called this an isolated incident.