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Argument over group sex leads to arrests at casino

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Argument over group sex leads to arrests at casino

Among a half-dozen charged since last week's opening
Argument over group sex leads to arrests at casino
Elizabeth Araiza, left, and Dmitri Houff
Photographer: Schenectady Police Department

SCHENECTADY -- Three people were arrested last weekend at Rivers Casino after an argument about sex led to a fight and at least one thrown glass.

The three arrests were among six total at the facility since its Feb. 8 opening. The others involve allegations of trespassing, menacing and use of a fake ID by a 20-year-old, records show.

The weekend fight happened shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday at Duke's Steakhouse inside the facility.

Police were called after Elizabeth Araiza, 49, of North Adams, Massachusetts, and Judy Maxwell, 21, of Troy, began fighting.

Maxwell threw the glass, and Araiza continued to be combative after officers arrived, according to court documents.

Both women face violation disorderly conduct counts. Araiza also faces a misdemeanor obstruction count because she refused to get up off the floor up after being handcuffed and refused officers' orders to walk to the police car, according court documents.

Dmitri Houff, 62, also of North Adams, was charged with obstruction, after he refused police orders to leave the area after the arrest of his wife, according to papers.

The argument began after an agreement was reached for sex between Araiza, Maxwell and Houff, but one of them suggested inviting a fourth person to join them, police spokesman Sgt. Matthew Dearing said.

Other arrests at the casino, according to court documents:

Andrick Singh, 20, of Francis Avenue, Schenectady, faces misdemeanor impersonation and trespass counts, as well as a violation marijuana count.

Singh is accused of presenting the identification of another person to gain access to the casino early Wednesday morning. Those younger than 21 are not allowed to gamble.

He played the slot machines and tried to cash in on winnings before being detained by security. Officers then found him to be in possession of a small bag of marijuana.

The New York State Gaming Commission is investigating the incident. Senior personnel from the commission were at Rivers Wednesday night to review footage and conduct additional interviews, gaming commission spokesman Lee Park said in an email.

The commission investigates any issue involving potential regulatory violations, such as allowing an underage individual on the gaming floor, Park said. The commission will issue appropriate sanctions, if warranted.

Jante Surgick, 24, of Second Avenue, Albany, faces misdemeanor menacing and violation trespass counts. He is accused of threatening to punch a casino manager just after midnight Thursday morning and refusing to leave when asked.

Richard Wilson, 61, of Troy, faces a violation trespass count, accused of refusing to leave the casino at about 11 p.m. Saturday after being told to leave.

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