New details in casino robbery

January 6, 2009 6:16:45 AM PST
The search continues for the man who assaulted and robbed a casino patron who had just cashed in his winnings.It happened around 8:20 a.m. Sunday at the Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino.

Police say Anthony Vastardis had just finished playing blackjack and then cashed out.

As Vastardis left an elevator on his way to his car he was hit in the head, and robbed of $10,000.

The suspect fled on foot and entered a cab at Taj Mahal, telling the driver to take him to different locations in Atlantic City before finally telling the cab driver to drive him to Baltimore, Maryland.

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While on the Atlantic City Expressway, the driver received a phone call from a fellow driver who told him that the state police were looking for his cab.

The cab driver was able to contact police, and started guiding them to his location. At that point the suspect became suspicious, and ordered the cab driver to exit the expressway at Exit 41 and into a parking lot at the Rite Aid located at Cross Keys Road and Johnson Avenue.

At that point the suspect ran away. Police arrived and searched the area, but were unable to locate the man.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5'10", approximately 150-165 pounds, last seen wearing a grey and white striped sweater. He has close cropped hair. His age is estimated at mid 20's to early 30's. It is possible the suspect has a right hand injury.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Atlantic City Police Department Detective Bureau at 609-347-5766. Detective Thomas Holton is investigating. Callers can remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at 1-800-658-8477(TIPS).

Mr. Vastardis recalled seeing the suspect hanging around the blackjack table while he was gambling

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