Accused Robber in Jail After Stealing $7K From Jackpot Winner

Posted on: March 3, 2024, 12:18h. 

Last updated on: March 3, 2024, 12:18h.

A man was booked in jail last week for recently robbing a player who had just walked out of Jacksonville, Fla.’s bestbet casino.

Bestbet gaming property
Bestbet casino, pictured above. The Jacksonville, Fla. gaming property was the site of a robbery. (Image: TripAdvisor)

The victim had won about $20K while in the Monument Road gaming property on February 17. He left the casino floor and was walking toward his car.

A suspect approached him and “held a gun to his head and took $7,000 cash out of his right jacket pocket,” according to Action News Jax.

The robber then fled from the crime scene. Police were able to identify him as Sean Evans, 21, after his cell phone was found on the pavement. He was arrested for the robbery last week.

No Injuries

No shots were fired, and it appeared that no one was injured during the holdup.

It wasn’t clear if the robber began to tail the victim while he was on the gaming floor or noticed him initially after he left the building.

The case was turned over to local prosecutors. If convicted, Evans could face many years in prison. But a plea deal is possible, too.

In a circumstance like this, where you’re 21-years-old, you’re subject to what’s known as the Youthful Offender Act, which allows a reduction in standard sentencing for an adult,” Dale Carson, a former Miami-Dade County police officer and ex FBI agent, explained to Action News Jax.

It was also revealed Evans had played football while a student a few years ago at Jacksonville’s Jean Ribault High School.

The victim was not identified by authorities.

Ask For Escort to Car

When asked about safety at the gaming property, one frequent visitor, Nic Malone, told Action News Jax, “It definitely is a little scary, and if you have a lot of money on you, maybe you get an escort to the car or something, … They have security that’ll walk you to your car if you need it.”

Visitors also told Action News Jax they may rethink about leaving the property with cash stuffed in their pockets.

Since 2020, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office got close to 300 calls for a variety of incidents at the bestbet. Some 42 were disputes, 13 were burglaries, seven were assaults, and three were robberies, according to data from the sheriff’s office.

When asked for comment, a spokesperson from bestbet said casino staff is cooperating with authorities who continue to investigate the robbery.

The spokesperson declined to give details on the incident. But the spokesperson confirmed the robbery took place.

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