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Blackjack Player Loses Winnings on Being Arrested

March 11th, 2012 by Site Admin

Mateen Johnson, a 34 year old blackjack player from Altoona, recently hit a lucky streak and rode it for $2,500. However, his luck just about ran out a day later, when he was arrested on outstanding drug charges. His winnings are currently being held in Blair County Prision.

Johnson was playing at the Parx Casino and was trying his luck at the blackjack tables and raked in as much as $2,500. A day later an officer from the Bensalem Township stopped Johnson when he came across him and arrested him for the pending charges.

According to the Altoona police, officials at the Parx Casino had called them to report Johnson as soon as they noticed his police record. The casino was made aware of Johnson’s outstanding drug charges when they checked his identification during his cash out.

However, police officials insist that while they did get a call from the Parx Casino about Johnson, his arrest was “a coincidence.”

“It was an officer conducting an investigation of wanted people who came across him at one of our motels on Lincoln Highway. It was a coincidence that he [Johnson] had been at the casino,” stated Andrew Aninsman, a Bensalem Sgt.

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