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Old 07-28-2003, 10:55 PM
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Default Gunman allegedly robs Trump Plaza

Press of Atlantic City

July 28, 2003

By JOHN BRAND Staff Writer, (609) 272-7275

ATLANTIC CITY - A gunman allegedly robbed Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino on Sunday, although state and city police did not immediately release any details.

It was the second armed robbery reported at a casino in three days. On Friday, a gunman allegedly passed a note to a casino cashier at 12:58 a.m. at Bally's Atlantic City and made off with between $1,000 and $10,000.

In the most recent alleged robbery, a black man in his mid-20s with a thin goatee wearing a gray shirt, tan fisherman's hat and carrying a black gym bag with a Philadelphia Eagles logo brandished a weapon at a Trump Plaza employee on the casino floor, according to police radio reports. The Press of Atlantic City does not know if the alleged robber made off with any money.

Police radio reports said security cameras recorded the suspect leaving the property via Pacific Avenue. Police checked bus and train stations and attempted to alert cab companies of the man's description, the radio reports said.

Paul Trapp, of Atlantic City, was stopped by police during the course of the investigation.

"The police questioned me and asked me did I see a black man in a fisherman's hat," Trapp said on the corner of Mississippi and Pacific avenues. "I told them I didn't see anything. They were looking for him and they didn't find him."

Meanwhile, two crime scene vehicles were parked in the beach block of Columbia Place. But at the Trump Plaza casino floor, where the alleged robbery took place, it was business as usual.

The bells and whistles of jackpots rung and coins clanked loudly in the slot trays and plastic buckets.

The Press could not reach a Trump Plaza spokesperson by press time.

Police have not charged anyone with either robbery.

On July 19, two men allegedly robbed a Florida man who won thousands while gambling at Caesars Atlantic City. Police identified Anthony Owen, 25, and Clifton Dees, 28, both of Asbury Park, as potential suspects in the robbery. Owen, who was shot by an Atlantic City police officer as he fled the scene, and Dees allegedly attacked the man on the street after he left the casino.

They did not, however, get any money during the attempt.
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