A man apparently made a new friend while he was gambling in the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, but little did he know what disaster awaits him as soon as they come out of the casino premises. The title of this article instantly reminds us of that parental advice we always tell our little children - "Don't talk to strangers" or "Don't trust strangers".
The unnamed victim reported to police that he met the man while playing in the casino last Saturday night (September 10). They even had dinner and played poker together before leaving at about 1:50am Sunday. When both of them reached the victim's car in the parking lot, the suspect then assaulted him and took $7,000 cash from his pocket.
Via a security camera recording, the suspect is seen running through the parking lot, got into a black pickup truck and drove away. The suspect is described to be around 6 feet tall and weighs 215 pounds with short brown hair, wearing a white shirt and blue jeans which both had a tool company logo.
Police advised casino patrons to be careful with their money. Police commander Chris Mierzwa called the theft ‘an unusual occurrence at the casino', saying, "We don't have these kinds of problems there."
The suspect is still at large, and anyone with info on the robbery is asked to call Des Plaines Police at 847-391-5400.