Date: August 18, 2023, 07:16h.
Last updated: August 18, 2023, 07:16h.
A man in his mid-twenties was apprehended earlier this week after reportedly following and robbing a successful player from Rivers Casino Pittsburgh. Additionally, the perpetrator shot the player’s roommate, as revealed by the police.
The injured victim was swiftly taken to a local hospital for immediate medical attention. Police have reported that the victim was in stable condition earlier this week.
There is no current update on the victim’s condition.
Juwan Haynes from Penn Hills, Pa., was arrested on Thursday as the primary suspect in the shooting. Charges filed against Haynes include aggravated assault, burglary, robbery, theft, and various firearm violations, according to Allegheny County Police.
Haynes voluntarily surrendered to authorities on Thursday evening and is currently in custody at the Allegheny County Jail as of Friday. It is likely that he will soon face legal proceedings in a local court.
Prize of $4,500
Investigations have revealed that the unnamed man, who was followed and attacked, had won a prize of $4,500 at the casino on Sunday night through Monday morning.
Haynes began tailing the victim while they were both still inside the casino, located on Casino Drive in Pittsburgh.
He continued to follow the victim for approximately six miles until they reached their Camelot Drive apartment in Scott Township, Pa.
Once there, Haynes repeatedly fired shots, injuring the victim’s roommate in the torso and arm, according to the police.
Haynes then demanded that the victim hand over the jackpot they had just won at the casino.
It appears that some cash was handed over to Haynes. Initial reports indicate that the winning player was unharmed during the incident.
Based on evidence and witness statements, the police were able to identify Haynes as the suspect. It remains unclear whether surveillance cameras at the casino captured his image on the night of the shooting.
The investigation into the shooting and robbery was conducted by Scott Township Police and the Allegheny County Police Homicide Unit.
It has also come to light that Haynes had lost money while gambling prior to the robbery and shooting incident.
Later reports revealed that Haynes suffered from a gambling addiction disorder, as stated by Pennsylvania TV station KTAE.
According to a police report quoted by WTAE, Haynes’ addiction is severe enough that he sought counseling and rehabilitation for his problem.
Due to his addiction, Haynes is on a list of individuals who are prohibited from entering casinos. The report further mentioned that Haynes had previously borrowed a friend’s car to go gambling at casinos, and the friend had placed an Apple Air Tag in the car as a precautionary measure, as reported by WTAE.