Cops: Man threatened ‘massive injury’ at Jake’s 58 in Islandia

A Wheatley Heights man was arrested and charged on Saturday for allegedly threatening what the Suffolk County Police Department called “mass damage” to Jake’s 58 Casino Hotel in Islandia.

A department press release said Joshua Hurt, 28, allegedly wrote a July 30 comment on a travel website threatening to bring a gun to the casino with the intention of harming staff. Hurt was arrested Saturday on Straight Path in Dix Hills and charged with uttering a threat of collective harm, a misdemeanor. He is expected to be arraigned in Central Islip First District Court on Sunday, the statement said.

Brian Finnegan, an outside spokesperson for the casino, declined to say what words the threat used or on what website the threat was posted. He referred those requests to the police department and the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office. The police press office did not answer those questions or say how the man was located, but referred the requests to the district attorney’s office, whose press office did not immediately return a request. by e-mail.

In a statement provided by Finnegan, Anthony Pancella, managing director of Suffolk County Regional Off-Track Betting Corp., said the casino reported the threat last week and “Jake’s 58 security personnel are taking action.” additional precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of all guests and staff.

Jake’s 58, which opened in February 2017 and was bought in 2021 by the Suffolk betting company for $120 million, is a 228-room hotel and video lottery gaming lounge located in the former hotel Islandia Marriott Long Island.

According to the casino’s website, the building features “two floors of electrifying gaming action and all the thrilling games you love!”

Among the 1,000 offers: Wheel of Fortune, Quick Hits, Lock It Link and 88 Fortunes, as well as Blackjack, Craps, Baccarat, Roulette, Let it Ride and Three Card Poker.

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