PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — State police have filed charges against a man who they say got into a scuffle with a corporal and a trooper at the Rivers Casino, resulting in injuries to them both.
According to the criminal complaint, Rivers Casino security contacted state police on Tuesday evening.
They say the suspect, 23-year-old Ryun Mitchell, was allegedly going up to unattended slot machines and trying to remove credit voucher slips.
Through a records check, casino security discovered Mitchell had an outstanding felony warrant in Ross Township for discharging a weapon in an occupied structure. It was an apartment.
Mitchell was taken to the Rivers Security Operations Center, and Pennsylvania State Police were called to the scene.
Police told Mitchell he was under arrest, but police say Mitchell began to struggle.
The criminal complaint reports Mitchell fought with police for about seven minutes before he was subdued when an officer used a taser on him.
Officials say the alleged incident was captured on casino security cameras.
During the struggle, investigators say the state police corporal felt some pain in his chest. He was checked out at a local hospital for possible broken ribs.
The trooper got a bump on his forehead and abrasions.
While searching the suspect, officials say investigators also found 14 stamp bags of suspected heroin in Mitchell’s left pocket and five empty glassine stamp bags in his right pocket.
According to investigators, glassine bags are used to store or transport heroin.
Police say Mitchell told them he is homeless.
Mitchell has been housed at the Allegheny County Jail on $5,000 straight bond. He has also been banned from the Rivers Casino for life.