Mays Landing man accused of robbing Atlantic Club casino visitors at gunpoint www.privateofficer.com
Atlantic City NJ June 13 2012 A Mays Landing man is in jail after he robbed a couple from Mechanicsburg, Pa., at gunpoint Sunday afternoon in their room at the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, police said.
William R. Holmes, 42, faces two counts of armed robbery as well as burglary and weapons charges. No bail information was available Monday.
The couple, a 53-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman, were preparing to check out when a man with a gun forced his way into the room, police said.
The man ordered the couple to lie down on the bed, and bound their hands and feet, police said. The man took money and unspecified valuables, and warned them not to call police because “he had nothing to lose or live for,” police said.
The couple soon described the man to security and police, and Atlantic Club security and surveillance soon found a man fitting the description fleeing on foot northbound toward Providence Avenue, police said.
Police circulated a flier with the description, and a New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement investigator soon contacted police, naming Holmes.
The investigator said the man had been wanted by the DGE for a theft Friday at Showboat Casino Hotel, police said. Two days later, casino security found Holmes on their property and contacted the DGE, who interviewed Holmes, charged him with theft, and released him on a summons. He was identified in connection with the robbery only after he left. It was unclear what Holmes was alleged to have taken at Showboat.
Holmes was arrested at 1:45 p.m. Monday in Ventnor, and police said evidence from the hotel room robbery was located and confiscated.