Man Robs One Woman, Attempts to Rob Another at Knifepoint at Maryland Live! - NBC4 Washington

Man Robs One Woman, Attempts to Rob Another at Knifepoint at Maryland Live!



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    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.

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    "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.