Poker arcade robbery suspect arrested

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THE Department of Public Safety has arrested Michael Jordan Palacios Cabrera, the suspect in the attempted robbery and assault and battery at 888 Poker Game II on March 22, after a witness identified him in a photo lineup.

Michael Jordan Palacios Cabrera

Cabrera, 31, was brought before Superior Court Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo on Monday for a bail hearing.

The judge imposed a $50,000 cash bail on Cabrera who was remanded to the custody of the Department of Corrections and ordered to return to court on April 9, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. for a preliminary hearing and on April 27 at 9 a.m. for his arraignment.

Assistant Attorney General Chester Hinds appeared for the government while the Public Defender’s Office was appointed by the court to represent Cabrera.

The witness told police that he was going to get hot water for his coffee in the poker room on Sunday morning, March 22, when he saw a masked individual standing by the cashier door. The individual yelled at the witness and told him to get out.

The witness told Cabrera that he was just going to get hot water and walked toward the water dispenser where he saw the poker arcade cashier lying on the ground moaning in pain.

The witness said the masked man was shouting at the cashier, “Open this! Open this!” while shaking the cashier’s door.

The witness told police that he got scared and decided to leave the poker establishment.

He said the masked man followed him and as soon as they were out of the poker room, the suspect took off his mask and threatened to kill the witness.

The witness told police that he recognized the man because he had seen him at Smile Poker in Chalan Laulau.

When police showed the witness a “six-pack” photo lineup, he immediately pointed to Cabrera’s photo.

The victim told police that at 6 a.m. on the day of the incident, the security guard at 888 Poker Game II had already left the game room and there were no customers.

A few minutes later, she said a man wearing a “white hospital mask” and a brown or black hat and short pants came in and sat down and began playing with one of the machines.

She said the man is skinny with long hair.

After several minutes, the masked individual told her “cash out.” She then “got out $150” and went out of the cashier’s booth. She left the door slightly opened.

While she was inserting a key to unlock the machine, the masked individual standing behind her punched her on the left side of her face. She said that was the last thing she remembered because she lost consciousness.

The incident was recorded in the surveillance camera of the poker establishment.

The cashier had to be brought to the hospital by responding medics for further treatment.

The cashier’s co-worker told Variety that after punching the attendant, the masked man took the key for resetting the machine and mistakenly thought that it was the key to the cashier’s booth.

The suspect then accidentally pushed the cashier door, locking it from the inside. He failed to gain entry.

Cabrera’s previous cases included robbery with assault, and assaulting his girlfriend.

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