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Cops Say Man Phoned in Robbery

January 28, 2000

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) _ A man who demanded a casino deliver $100,000 to his home within two hours or he would start shooting people has landed in jail, police said.

Ronald Cherry, 52, made his demand Tuesday, telling Treasure Bay Casino employees he would start shooting people at the casino unless he got the money, police said. He even gave them his address, they said.

Instead, the casino’s security force contacted Biloxi police, who went to Cherry’s home.

``It makes our job extremely easy when they give their name and address,″ said Biloxi Police Capt. William Kirk. ``We don’t have too many man hours on this one. Put the paperwork together and rock and roll.″

Cherry was charged with telephone harassment and jailed on $25,000 bail.

``We would like people to come in and play for their winnings,″ said Gary Dubuisson, vice president of table games for the casino. ``It’s more fun that way.″

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