Masked man punches poker arcade attendant, but fails to gain entry to cashier’s booth

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THE Department of Public Safety is asking the community to help identify the masked man who punched a poker attendant and attempted to gain entry to the cashier’s booth of 888 Poker Game II in San Jose on Sunday morning.

This image from a video shows the suspect, right, approaching the poker arcade attendant at 888 Poker Game II in San Jose on Sunday.  Contributed photo

The victim sustained a broken chin/jaw and injured neck, her co-worker said.

Variety also learned that the suspect initially was playing one of the machines and later told the attendant, who was in the cashier’s booth, to cash out his winnings.

As the attendant was resetting the machine, the suspect punched her from behind, knocking her unconscious.

An 888 poker staffer told Variety that after punching the attendant, the suspect took the key for resetting the machine and mistakenly thought that it was the key to the cashier’s booth. The suspect had accidentally pushed the cashier’s door, locking it from the inside so he failed to gain entry, the staffer said.

The suspect then tried to use the key that he took from the attendant, but he could not open the cashier’s door.

When another regular customer came in, the suspect ran outside, the 888 staffer said.

DPS described the suspect as 5’6 or 5’7, “dark complexioned, skinny built, wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, tan cargo shorts, black baseball cap, and black shoes.”

DPS in a statement on Monday said after receiving a 911 call about the incident, police arrived on scene at 6:54 a.m.

“In the establishment police noticed a female individual [lying] on the floor of the cashier booth, moaning in pain. Officers made contact with and asked the victim questions on what had happened. The victim was unable to answer as she was in severe pain. The victim was transported to the Commonwealth Health Center where she was admitted.”

DPS said, “Witnesses at the scene told police that a masked individual was attempting to gain access into the cashier’s booth, before fleeing the establishment and [heading] south towards the village of Oleai.”

DPS is encouraging anyone who has any information relating to the incident to call 911 immediately, or if you wish to remain anonymous call the CNMI Crime Stoppers Hotline at 234-7272. Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 for any information leading to an arrest.

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