Pistol-whipping accusations
Maurice Medlin, 34, and Cynthia Walker, 31, are accused in connection with a pistol-whipping at Tropicana, Thursday, May 12. Atlantic City Police

ATLANTIC CITY - A man and woman were arrested after they allegedly pistol-whipped a man inside his casino hotel room this morning.

A couple - identified as Allan and Linda Espinoza - was leaving their room just before 9 a.m. on the 11th floor of the Tropicana Casino and Resort, when a man and woman forced them back inside and used a gun to beat the man, Lt. Charles Love said.

Linda Espinoza was able to run to the 10th floor for help, Love said.

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"Let's get out of here," the female suspect then yelled, according to the report.

But as the pair fled, they ran into security on the stairwell, Love said. A female security guard grabbed the woman, but the man escaped up the stairs and into a room on the 21st floor.

That's when Love and hostage negotiator Detective Ron DiGiovanni arrived and talked to the man for about 90 minutes. When he finally opened the door a crack, the city's Emergency Response Team forced their way in and took him down without incident, despite his attempts to fight, Love said.

Bullets were found in the room, which was registered in the suspects' names - Maurice Medlin and Cynthia Walker. Police say they also obtained a search warrant and found parts of a gun.

Medlin, 34, of New York, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with weapon, attempted robbery, possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, conspiracy and burglary. Walker, 31, of Atlantic City, is charged with conspiracy.

The two were later transported to the Atlantic County Justice Facility.

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