A man who robbed an Egg Harbor Township woman at gunpoint at Bally’s Park Place Casino in 2009 was convicted Thursday, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said.
Dashand Chase, 23, of Camden, was found guilty of all counts against him, which included first-degree armed robbery and several counts of witness tampering.
In August 2009, two masked men approached the victim in the Bally’s parking garage, a release from the Prosecutor said. One of the men pointed a gun at her face while the other punched her in the mouth. They took her purse, cell phone and brief case before fleeing in a vehicle.
Using surveillance footage, Atlantic City Police identified the vehicle. Woodbury police located the vehicle, within which were two masks and two imitation firearms.
In October 2009, Chase and his co-defendant Tony Burnham, 27, also of Camden, were identified, charged, and arrested in Camden.
In July 2010, the victim received a letter threatening to kill her family if she showed up to court. On the letter, detectives found finger prints of an inmate at the Atlantic County Justice Facility who was being lodged with Chase.
In February 2011, Chase sent a letter directly to the victim claiming innocence but stating that he would pay her $150 to forget the incident.
In January 2012, an inmate at the Atlantic County Justice Facility falsely confessed to the robbery. He later admitted that Chase had prompted him to do so.
Chase could face up to 60 years in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 26.
The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the case against Burnham. The State plans to retry Burnham in early 2013.