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Man banned from Rivers Casino faces felony charge


Man banned from Rivers Casino faces felony charge

Security manager's suit damaged during struggle
Man banned from Rivers Casino faces felony charge
Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady.
Photographer: MARC SCHULTZ

A Rotterdam man who was banned from the Rivers Casino and Resort has been charged with returning to the casino and damaging a security manager's suit during a struggle, court filings say.

The man is the second known person to be banned for life from the facility since its Feb. 8 opening and then being charged with returning.

Kevin Turpin, 25, of Day Road, returned to the property Friday afternoon after having been banned, according to papers filed in court. He allegedly showed an "alternative form of ID."

A casino security manager, however, recognized Turpin as someone who had been "previously given a lifetime ban." After the manager then told Turpin he was being detained, Turpin pulled away and a brief struggle took place, according to a prosecutor.

The struggle resulted in the security manager's Calvin Klein suit being damaged, authorities allege.

Damage to the manager's suit is estimated at $400, above the $250 threshold for felony third-degree criminal mischief. Turpin faces the third-degree criminal mischief count, as well as a misdemeanor trespass charge.

Though a felony, criminal mischief cases just above the threshold rarely go forward as felonies.

Prosecutor Jessica Lorusso said Monday that she will be reviewing the case, including the value of the damage.

The felony is believed to be the first charged at the casino since its Feb. 8 opening, though others have faced misdemeanors and violations, including trespassing.

Among the previous individuals charged with trespassing was the first person known to be banned for life from the casino, Albany resident You H. Guo.

Guo, 46, of Sherman Street, was charged April 2 with violation trespass, accused of returning to the building after previously receiving his lifetime ban.

Guo has since received a resolution that means his case could be dismissed in six months if he stays out of trouble.

Paperwork filed in Turpin's and Guo's cases does not identify the reasons for the lifetime bans.

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