On July 21, Dwight McGinnis, Jr. spent hours betting at the Blackjack table, but the 67-year-old took a gamble before ever setting foot in the casino doors.
"It almost seems like she was either driven up here and then left or she has driven herself up here and lost all... she's just not coherent," a security guard explained to a 911 dispatch officer.
According to charging documents, the North Carolina man left his 98-year-old mother in a pickup truck as he took hits on Blackjack for nearly five hours.
"We have a lady in our garage on level 4, she appears to be in her mid 80s, she's in a red truck. They're concerned for her well being. She's been sitting in there for hours," the guard explained.
McGinnis isn't the first to take a gamble on a passenger's safety at the Maryland Live! Casino. In the past year, three people have been left in cars outside the casino.
"Certainly, it's alarming from a police department standpoint. Any citizen would hear something like that and be alarmed," said Anne Arundel County Police spokesman Justin Mulcahy.
In October, police found a 5-year-old child lying on the floor of a car hidden under the two front seats, which were reclined all the way back. The child's mother and friend were inside the casino. About two months later, a 4-year-old was left in a car for eight and a half hours outside the same casino in temperatures barely above freezing. The child's mother, Alicia Brown, was arrested on scene. According to charging documents, Brown initially told a tale that she ended up taking back, because what really happened was caught on surveillance footage.
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"When you're trying to follow up, certainly you need the citizens, they are the first line of defense-- they are our eyes and ears. That surveillance footage that the casino has is important to law enforcement. It's a tool in our toolbox. It's something that can really expedite a case closure," Mulcahy said.
Maryland Live! Casino's surveillance cameras have helped in just about each of these cases. A great tool, police say, to find out what's really going on.
"It really takes everything coming together. Police, that relationship with security, community getting involved and having surveillance footage, so it's not the place to go if you're going to commit a crime," said Mulcahy.
Anne Arundel Police say a witness in the most recent case did the right thing.
"We've made a concerted effort to put the message out there to the public: If you see something, say something. Be nosey. And in this most recent case, that's what a person did when they saw something that was suspicious or disturbing to them," said Mulcahy.