Man banned from Atlantic City, New Jersey casino for attempted robbery

ATLANTIC CITY — A man who threatened a Bally’s customer with a box cutter during an attempted robbery has been banned for life from all New Jersey casinos.

Acting Attorney General Matt Platkin said Shawn Applewhite, 25, of the Marlton section of Evesham pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery in March and was sentenced to eight years in prison. Applewhite also refrains from any contact with the victim.

Applewhite walked up behind a man sitting in front of a slot machine on the evening of December 23, 2020 and held a box cutter to his neck. After Applewhite demanded money and jewelry, the man got up and started fighting, according to Platkin. A passerby also got involved but Applewhite fled the casino and got nothing.

A security supervisor and a Bally security guard apprehended Applewhite.

“The armed accused ambushed his victim in a public place, creating an alarming and dangerous situation for all present,” Platkin said in a statement. “The heavy prison sentence announced today underscores our commitment to public safety.

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at dan.alexander@townsquaremedia.com

Click here to contact an editor about a comment or correction for this story.

Inside Betty White’s Gorgeous Carmel-by-the-Sea Home

Take a peek inside the late Betty White’s beautiful, peaceful home in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

NJ Beach Tag Guide for Summer 2022

We are coming another summer to the Jersey Shore! Before you lose yourself in the excitement of sunny days on the sand, we calculate how much seasonal/weekly/daily beach beacons will cost you, and pre-season deals you can still take advantage of!

NJ County Fairs are making a comeback: Check out the schedule for 2022

UPDATE 4/10: A current list of county fairs happening in the Garden State for 2022. From rides, food, animals and hot air balloons, each county fair has something unique to offer.

(Fairs are listed in geographic order from South NJ to North NJ)