Pennsylanie Police Alle Man Assault Against Mohegan Sun Pocono, Then Disclosed Himself


Posted: July 6, 2021, 3:16 p.m.

Last updated on: July 6, 2021, 3:16 a.m.

Pennsylvania Police arrested a 46-year-old New Jersey man on July 3 at around 3 a.m. near the Mohegan Sun Pocono Casino after allegedly assaulting a man and exposing himself.

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The interior of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs can be seen in a file photo. Pennsylvania Police said that over the weekend of July 4, a man exposed his private parts and assaulted another man in a violent incident. (Image: Mohegan Sun Pocono)

Henry Ellis, a resident of Camden, NJ, has been arrested on seven counts, including a felony of aggravated assault. Ellis also faces the crimes of recklessly endangering another person, fleeing or attempting to escape a police officer and resisting his arrest.

Pennsylvania State Police and Plains Township Police responded to the Mohegan Sun Pocono Casino complex after being called about an assault. Law enforcement said eyewitnesses allege Ellis punched another man and then exposed his genitals.

Ellis attempted to escape in his rented U-Haul truck, but was quickly apprehended at a nearby convenience store.

Ellis remains in the Luzerne County Jail after failing to post $ 50,000 bail. Its preliminary hearing is set for July 14.

Clothing not optional

The alleged incident of indecent exposure to Mohegan Sun Pocono isn’t exactly a rarity.

Earlier this month, a woman at the Circa Resort & Casino in downtown Las Vegas was kicked from the property after she walked around naked. Some 30 minutes later, Circa lost much of its power. When security went to an electrical room, which was supposed to be secure, they discovered the same woman – again naked – who turned off part of the complex’s power system.

In a most bizarre story with few details revealed, the woman, Alisa Neeley, 28, has been charged with theft of a fire prevention device. His case is ongoing.

In 2018, covered another more unusual incident when police in Bossier City, Louisiana, said a person walked through the DiamondJacks Casino naked. 24-year-old Terrence Roquemore threw chairs and yelled at law enforcement and casino security as they attempted to apprehend him. Roquemore ultimately struck a plea deal in exchange for two years of supervised probation, a $ 250 fine and $ 2,000 in restitution to two police officers injured during his arrest.

Mohegan smoker comes back

Mohegan Sun Pocono, like every other commercial casino in Pennsylvania, went smoke-free during the COVID-19 pandemic by state order. But Governor Tom Wolf’s (D) emergency order temporarily banning smoking in indoor casinos recently expired.

As a result, many casinos, including Mohegan Sun, have reopened their smoking sections. Pennsylvania state law allows commercial casinos to use up to 50% of their playing surface for smoking.

Critics of smoking at indoor casinos say designated floor space does not prevent harmful smoke from lingering in supposedly smoke-free areas.

“It’s like having a pee section in a swimming pool – it doesn’t work,” said Cynthia Hallett, president of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights.

While Mohegan Sun Pocono and several other Pennsylvania casinos have welcomed indoor smokers, others have not. In the Poconos, the Mount Airy Casino Resort, located approximately 30 air miles east of Mohegan Sun, has chosen to remain smoke-free.

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