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Police: Man arrested after fighting with Harrah's casino guards

Suspect allegedly refused to identify himself after winning money at casino

Brian M. Kestel, 38, Manhattan
Brian M. Kestel, 38, Manhattan

A Manhattan man allegedly fought with Harrah’s casino security guards after refusing to identify himself when he won money, police said.

About 11 p.m. Saturday, police officers went to Harrah’s casino, 151 N. Joliet St., after receiving a report of a man refusing to identify himself, Joliet police Sgt. Christopher Botzum said in an email.

Brian M. Kestel, 38, of the 14800 block of West Delaney Road, Manhattan, was asked by security guards at the casino to provide his identification “due to the amount of money he won for reporting purposes,” Botzum said.

Kestel refused and he was asked to leave multiple times by security guards, said Botzum, who added that Kestel was told by the guards that he was going to be detained and he pulled away from them in response.

Kestel then punched a security guard several times, Botzum said. After a brief struggle, Kestel was subdued, he said.

Officers arrived and Kestel was arrested on charges of aggravated battery and criminal trespass to land.

Kestel was booked into the Will County jail and his bond was set at $50,000. He’ll need to post 10 percent for release.

Attorney Jeff Tomczak is representing Kestel, according to court records. Kestel has a court appearance scheduled for March 18.

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