One Man Shot in December Casino Patron Robbery
Search warrant gives details of robbery
Police have revealed that one victim of a December 2019 robbery of two MGM National Harbor casino patrons was shot.
In December, Prince William County police announced an incident in which two men were trailed home from MGM National Harbor and robbed. It was not until now, however, that the details of the crime were made known to the public.
A search warrant lays out the rundown of the incident, giving a clearer picture of what happened to the men from Maryland to Virginia that night.
Pursuit of the two victims
The two victims, whose names have not been released, had good nights at MGM National Harbor. They won $39,000 and $3,000 respectively at the blackjack tables.
Their assailants were apparently tracking them the entire time. According to the search warrant, a group of men can be seen on security video footage following the victims through the casino and into the parking garage after they cashed out their winnings.
The victims drove across the Potomac River to Woodbridge, Virginia, about 20 miles away from MGM National Harbor. They stopped at a gas station in Woodbridge. Not long after they had left, surveillance cameras captured a gray SUV leaving the same location.
Confrontation and violence ensued
Around 1:40am, one of the victims dropped off the other man at his home in Woodbridge.
The search warrant states that at that point, two men brandishing handguns forced the driver out of the car. They hit him in the head about 20 times and shot him in the left arm. The assailants, wearing masks, took the man’s $39,000.
A third man, also wearing a mask, held the other victim at gunpoint on the ground. He proceeded to rob him of his $3,000. The robbers fled the scene in a gray SUV, assumed to be the same one seen at the gas station. All of this was recorded by a Ring security camera.
Fortunately, the police have reported that the shooting victim is recovering in a hospital.
Police identify the suspects
Police have also identified the suspects in the robbery. The Washington Post, the news outlet that originally reported the story, is waiting until charges have been filed to publish their names.
This may not be the first time that the suspects committed this sort of crime. According to the search warrant, they might be the same people who robbed casino patrons in Fairfax County, Virginia on October 1, 2019.
The reason for the referenced search warrant is to obtain a DNA sample from one of the suspects to be able to match the two crimes.