NBC10 Philadelphia - Lu Ann Cahn
Police are investigating a rash of robberies targeting gamblers leaving the SugarHouse Casino. Surveillance video has been released, of a man police think is a suspect in at least five of the cases. NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn reports.
Philadelphia Police are now offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of three men connected to nine robberies of winners at the SugarHouse Casino.
The most recent incident happened early Wednesday when two family members were robbed as they returned home to the 2800 block of Welsh Street.
Another victim, who was robbed early Sunday, spoke exclusively to NBC10's Rosemary Connors. The woman, who is 8 months pregnant, says she was attacked after leaving SugarHouse with her husband.
“They don’t care about the little life," said the woman. "They don’t care about anyone, they just care about money.”
Surveillance video captured by a neighbor's security camera shows the woman and her husband being ambushed right after they arrived back home in their Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood.
The victim, who did not want to be identified, says the two men were armed with tasers.
“The guy who tased me, he dragged me down three steps, and then pulled me on the ground because the purse was on my shoulder, it stuck on my arms," said the woman.
She spent three days in the hospital recovering from her injuries. The woman tells NBC10 she feels like they were being watched as they cashed out their winnings.
“They only targeted my purse because they know exactly where the money is and they don’t care about my husband," said the woman. "I think they must have someone near the cashier to see where we put the money at.”
The woman had $8,000 dollars in her purse, along with her mother's diamond ring that she was planning to take to the jewelers.
SugarHouse Casino released the following statement late Wednesday night:
"SugarHouse is cooperating fully with police as they investigate the alleged profiling of Asian players. Nothing is more important than the safety of our guests. With 500 surveillance cameras, we are providing law enforcement countless photos to quickly apprehend these thugs," said Wendy Hamilton, General Manager.
On Friday, Police held a press conference on the robberies in which they announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects. They also believe a man, captured on surveillance video, is passing information to two other men who are committing the robberies.
Credit: Surveillance Photo
Police say the victims of at least five of the reported incidents are Asian and believe Asians are being specifically targeted.
If you have any information on any of these incidents, please call Philadelphia Police at 215-686-3153.