CLEVELAND -- A fun night of gaming at the downtown Cleveland Horseshoe Casino ends with a terrifying armed robbery for two Trumbull county friends.
The men were so shaken by the ordeal that they asked Fox 8 not to identify them.
“Mark”and his friend “John” had won about $2,000 shooting craps early Sunday morning.
They cashed out their chips and prepared to head home around 4:55 a.m.
But once they started cutting through Tower City they noticed a man following them, and by the time they reached the garage the man was right next to them.
At first they say he just asked for a cigarette and then reached for a gun.
“Basically I was just scared for my life,” said Mark.
His friend ran for help and the man, police have now identified as Ronald Davon Wells, 27, helped himself to Marks winnings.
The two friends say they looked around for security for police officers but didn’t see anyone.
“I’m terrified,” said John, “I can’t sleep. I never had a gun pulled on me or threatened anything like that.”
A casino spokesperson says, they have over 150 security and surveillance employees and they offer escorts to walk people to their vehicles, but the friends say they never saw anyone. They did see the more than 1000 surveillance cameras, and those cameras were instrumental in catching Wells.
Wells was arrested and is locked up pending numerous charges stemming from this incident as well a home invasion he’s been linked to in Cleveland on August 18th.
However, the young men also worry that Wells must’ve been armed the entire night while gambling inside the casino.
“One-hundred percent had his gun in the casino because he followed us and as soon he went out the door he robbed us,” said John.
A spokesperson says, “Our team constantly reviews security procedures and is always making improvements. We will continue to use a comprehensive security approach to protect our guests.”
They’ve seen over 1.5 million visitors since the casino opened in May and this is the first robbery.
But John and Mark say it will be a long time before they feel safe enough to return the casino.
“He could’ve killed us that night and gotten away,” said John.
Mark added, “I definitely wouldn’t go to that casino after dark.”