Ocean Casino Resort stabbing leads to murder arrest in Atlantic City

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Posted on: Sep 27, 2022 10:03 am.

Last updated on: September 27, 2022, 10:03 am.

A Philadelphia man has been arrested for the fatal stabbing of another man at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, officials said Tuesday. The violent attack took place in a hotel room.

Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City
Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, pictured above. An arrest was made in the recent fatal stabbing at the hotel. (Image: Cvent)

The suspect has been identified as Andrew James Osborne, 34. He remains in Pennsylvania awaiting extradition to face arraignment in New Jersey. He is accused of murder and illegal possession of weapons.

The victim is Brian Wilkinson, 47, of Egg Harbor Township, NJ. He was pronounced dead in the room at the Boardwalk Casino Hotel Friday afternoon, according to a statement by Atlantic County Attorney William “Will” Reynolds.

An autopsy was performed by the Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office. The cause of death was stab wounds and the death was ruled a manslaughter.

Motive unknown

Officials have not yet released a motive for the deadly stab, NJ.coma state news site, reports.

The victim was found in the hotel room. He didn’t respond, Reynolds said. It is not known where on his body he was stabbed. It is also not known whether a knife was seized by the police.

Reynolds added in a statement that “this continues to be an active and cooperative investigation between the ACPO Major Crimes Unit, the Atlantic City Police Department and the Philadelphia Police Department.”

It is not yet clear if there are other suspects in the case.

Ocean Casino Resort did not comment on the stabbing to local media.

Sportsbook open

On another front, Ocean Casino Resort has made progress toward completing its $75 million upgrade. The newest component is a 12,000-square-foot sports betting venue called The Gallery Bar, Book & Games. It opened in July.

The Gallery is a 100ft high bar and lounge with nearly 60 seats and a 140ft wide LED wall. The room has a small selection of slots and table games for social gatherings, like roulette and blackjack. The casino spent $5 million on the venue.

“This new venue will enhance the guest experience by offering an unbeatable atmosphere right in the heart of the casino floor,” said Bill Callahan, general manager of Ocean Casino Resort, in March.

In February, Callahan assumed the new role of general manager.

Callahan had been at Ocean Casino less than two years when he was promoted. But he brings a wealth of knowledge of the Atlantic City gaming market.

Callahan spent 17 years at the Borgata before arriving at the $2.4 billion integrated resort, which opened as Revel in 2012.

Callahan was appointed interim CEO following the surprise resignation of Ocean CEO Terry Glebocki last October. He is now the general manager of the property – the top manager of the casino resort.

The Ocean Casino Resort announced a new ownership structure last year. Detroit-based Ilitch Holdings, which owns the Little Caesars pizza chain and the MLB Detroit Tigers and NHL Red Wings, now controls a 50 percent interest in the Atlantic City Casino.

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