There were two people arrested in the case of a poker player who got robbed and shot as he was going out of a poker room in northwest Austin, Texas.
The two suspects, Charles Clines-Martinez (age 24) and Jermaine Patrick Spirlark (age 41) face charges of aggravated robbery that occurred in the wee hours of April 30. Clines-Martinez worked as a security guard at the poker room.
The victim, Tom Steinbach (age 22), has fortunately recovered after being robbed and shot outside the Texas Card House. He and another individual were leaving the poker room located at 13376 Research Blvd. at around 4 am (almost closing time) when they were suddenly approached by Spirlark with a gun pointed at them. According to the affidavit, while Spirlark was robbing the other victim, Steinbach attempted to run away. This prompted Spirlark to shoot him.
After that Spirlark disappeared from the scene. Meanwhile, Clines-Martinez, who was a security guard at the poker room, went out "to see where the suspect fled to."
At first, Steinbach's injuries sustained from the gunshot were considered life threatening, but in the end he was declared to be in stable condition.
During the investigation, detectives found out that Spirlark and Clines-Martinez have conspired with each other to rob the poker room.
The Texas Card House is a membership-based private social club.
The owner of the establishment said that due to this incident, the management is going to employ a second guard at night. The place also has several security cameras outside and inside, and members can request a guard to escort them to their vehicles.