Gambling with their lives


Police arrested two men for supposedly robbing a Marconi East man of his casino winnings.

Authorities reported to the 2800 block of South Mildred Street just after 5 a.m. Saturday and met with the complainant, learning he had played blackjack at SugarHouse Casino from 11 p.m. until 4:30 a.m., Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. After winning approximately $13,000, he hailed a cab home yet upon exiting the vehicle, he stated that someone pressed a black gun to his head and told him to hit the ground.

The aggressor allegedly took his wallet, iPhone 5C and the large sum before fleeing in an SUV. Police used the victim’s account to locate the dark-colored ride and as they approached it, the operator supposedly fled, emptying his pockets as he ran toward the gaming site, Tolliver said.

They detained him in a casino bathroom, with the complainant identifying him as the assailant. Through additional investigation, police ascertained the identity of a conspirator and arrested him without incident. They charged 23-year-old North Philly inhabitant Carlos Rodriguez and 26-year-old Drexel Hill dweller Justin Green-Knecht with criminal conspiracy, firearms violations, theft, robbery, possession of an instrument of crime, making terroristic threats, assault and recklessly endangering another person. Rodriguez awaits a June 2 preliminary hearing. Court records did not contain an updated account of Green-Knecht’s status.

Authorities, who recovered evidence supposedly discarded by Rodriguez, added the complainant suffered no injuries and that they confiscated a 2005 Blue Nissan Murrano with Pennsylvania tags and an ’05 Toyota Corolla, also bearing Pennsylvania identification.

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