Poker arcade robbed at knifepoint

This frame grab from a surveillance camera shows the female suspect who robbed the Royal Poker gaming arcade in Olea at knifepoint yesterday. (Contributed Photo)

The Department of Public Safety is on the lookout for a woman who robbed a poker arcade at knifepoint yesterday.

According to Department of Public Safety statement, the woman robbed the Royal Poker gaming arcade in Oleai.

The woman was described as of Filipino descent, between 4’11’ and 5’2” tall, weighing about 120 to 160 lbs, and had short black hair.

The woman was last seen wearing an adjustable white baseball cap with red and blue-colored text on the front, a blueish purple bandana around her neck, a pair of black long pants, and a pair of flip-flops.

The suspect was seen via surveillance camera entering the arcade and leaving after robbing the cashier of about $650.

According to DPS spokesperson Adrian Pangelinan, CNMI DPS Central received a 911 call at about 6:57am yesterday about a robbery incident that took place between 6:30am and 6:45am.

The caller stated that a woman, who is a familiar face in the area, walked into Royal Poker arcade and held the cashier at knifepoint before fleeing.

The poker arcade’s security guard clocked out of his shift at about 6am or 6:30am, leaving minutes before the incident.

The suspect allegedly walked into the establishment between 6:30am and 6:45am and supposedly noticed there were no individuals inside the establishment before proceeding with the robbery.

The suspect called the cashier for assistance before forcing her way into the cashier’s area and holding the cashier at knifepoint.

A short struggle occurred before the suspect was able to open the cash register and grab a handful of cash valued at about $650.

The suspect then fled the establishment, going south toward Oleai.

As of 4:50pm yesterday, DPS was still on the lookout for the female suspect.

DPS would like to remind the public that safety is of great concern. In the event that safety is compromised, do not resist. DPS encourages observance. Try to look for any important details that could help police identify the suspect like tattoos, a noticeable slang or accent, and if possible, the direction the suspect flees. Once safe, call 911 immediately. If for any reason danger is still present at the scene, try to leave the scene and then call 911.

Kimberly Bautista Bautista
Kimberly Bautista is the youngest in the stable of Saipan Tribune reporters. She has covered a wide range of beats, including the community, housing, crime, and education, for the Saipan Tribune.
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