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Saturday Robbery Disrupts Hollywood Casino in Indiana

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Saturday night at the Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg in Indiana became more interesting after a man attempted to rob the casino. Swift action by law enforcement led to the suspect's apprehension after a tense manhunt.

Robbery Attempt and Hostages

According to initial media reports, the suspect brandished a firearm and demanded cash from casino workers inside the cashier's cage. The exact amount of money that may have been handed over was unclear. However, later reports indicate that the attempted robbery was unsuccessful.

Word quickly spread that there was an active shooter situation with hostages involved. The Citizen App, a real-time safety alert application, promptly notified local residents about the unfolding crisis.

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The situation at the Penn Entertainment-owned property escalated rapidly, leading to panic and emergency responses. Multiple law enforcement agencies and emergency responders descended upon the casino in response to shooting reports.

Social media platforms buzzed with updates as users shared information. An audio clip circulated, featuring a woman, believed to be a police officer, describing a hostage situation within the casino. The suspect, described by local media at the time as a man wearing a jacket and a mask, had reportedly taken a male hostage after law enforcement appeared.

Videos posted on various platforms captured the chaos. Inside the casino, patrons fled for safety as emergency sirens blared in the background.

The suspect managed to escape through a back door after releasing the unnamed hostage unharmed; fortunately, no injuries were reported. Authorities swiftly mobilized specialized resources, including a canine unit, drones and a helicopter, to track down the robber.

The manhunt led to the arrest of 39-year-old Daniel Birdseye. He was subsequently taken to a local police station for booking and now faces charges of armed robbery. The Indiana Gaming Commission is spearheading the ongoing investigation.

Rough Week for Hollywood Casino

Penn Entertainment has had a difficult week at its Lawrenceburg casino. In addition to being robbed, it also has to pay back taxes spanning several years.

Penn has been ordered to pay additional Indiana taxes accumulated over a three-year period. The ruling was handed down by the Indiana Tax Court, favoring the Indiana Department of Revenue in a lawsuit filed against Penn.

On its Indiana adjusted gross income tax returns for 2015, 2016 and 2017, Penn reported the income taxes it had paid in other states. The company then deducted these payments from its federal income tax returns and added the corresponding tax value back to its Indiana tax base.

The Indiana Department of Revenue conducted an audit of Penn's AGIT (adjusted gross income tax) returns for the relevant years. During this process, the department identified additional payments made by the casino operator to other state governments that needed to be included in the calculation of its Indiana tax base.

As a result of the audit, the department determined that Penn owed extra taxes for 2015, 2016 and 2017, along with interest and penalties. However, the exact amount was not specified in the court ruling.

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