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Would-be robber alleged to have targeted gamblers after winning night at a casino

Would-be robber alleged to have targeted gamblers after winning night at a casino


Two men returning from a winning night at Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee said they were followed home to Kenosha County by a man who tried to rob them at gunpoint.

The men said they were at the casino May 9 and together won $1,250 playing blackjack. As they walked out of the casino, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday, one of them men fanned the winnings — in $100 bills — in his hands.

As the men drove back to Kenosha County they noticed that a silver Hyundai appeared to have followed them from the casino, stopping at a gas station when they did and then at a fast food restaurant. When the men arrived at one of their homes on the 12700 block of 257th Avenue in Trevor they again noticed the silver Hyundai.

As the men walked to the house, they heard a person’s voice behind them. One of the men told a Kenosha County Sheriff’s deputy that he turned and saw a man with his face covered by a mask or hoodie, a handgun in his hand.

The man said he ran, chased by the masked man with the gun. He pounded on a neighbor’s door for help, and when no one answered ran again but slipped, falling to the ground.

He said the man with the gun hit him on the back of the head and demanded money.

When he said he did not have it, the masked man began to fish through his pockets until a neighbor walked out of a nearby home and the masked man fled.

Meanwhile, the second man had gone into his house and called 911. The men believed the person in the mask had followed them from the casino after seeing them with cash.

On Thursday, James McMillan, 26, of Milwaukee, was charged with attempted armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon, battery and disorderly conduct. Investigators used surveillance video and an ID scan from the casino and business where the men said they had seen the Hyundai follow them, using those images and the ID to link the man to McMillan.

He was arrested when he arrived at a meeting with a probation agent.

McMillan is being held on $20,000 bond.


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