Man says he was beaten in Greektown Casino parking garage - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Man says he was beaten in Greektown Casino parking garage

Posted: Updated:
Tracy Hamilton claims he was beaten in the Greektown Casino parking garage.  (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com) Tracy Hamilton claims he was beaten in the Greektown Casino parking garage. (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com)
DETROIT (WJBK) -

They were hoping to have some fun at the casino, at least that was the plan.

Tracy Hamilton and his girlfriend, April, say they had just driven onto the twelfth floor of the Greektown Casino parking structure about 1:30 Sunday morning.  They had planned to go into the casino.

"We never made it in there.  We were just arriving.  We're on the twelfth floor.  We pull in.  First there [were] two guys that [came] up and they're urinating in front of the car," said Hamilton.

"He asked them to have some respect and go somewhere else," said April Grifka.

The couple says the two guys began pummeling Hamilton with punches and kicks.  Then approximately eight other men also jumped out of cars and quickly joined in beating Hamilton.

"I got a broken knee.  My face is fractured.  It's going to be a long recovery.  I got to get surgery."

"I'd say like five of them were kicking him everywhere, in his head, in his back, in his legs, and the other three or four [were] down on his face just pounding on his face over and over," Grifka explained.

The couple says there were other people in parked cars who did not get out.

"I tried to hit them with my purse.  I poured pop in one of their eyes.  I tried to do everything to stop them and at the end I just started begging and screaming at the top of my lungs, 'Please just stop.  Please just stop.  You're killing him.'"

Finally the men left.  Hamilton and Grifka say casino security, Detroit Police and Detroit Fire-EMS arrived after the incident.  EMS took Hamilton to Detroit Receiving Hospital.  He was admitted and spent two days there.

"When the cops came and the ambulance came, one of the ladies from the casino came out and said, 'I found your purse, but it was empty laying on the third floor.'"

The couple's wallets, cash and credit cards are all missing.

The couple told police the ten guys were all white and approximately 25 to 30 years old.

We contacted Greektown Casino and Detroit Police.  They are looking into this matter.

The couple believes there is surveillance video from the casino that will support their story.

  • Ron SavageRon SavageMore>>

  • Neighbors want neglected Detroit Rogell Golf Course cleaned up

    Neighbors want neglected Detroit Rogell Golf Course cleaned up

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:19 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:19:43 GMT
    One of Detroit's most popular sports attractions is now a grown over weedbed. Neighbors say their favorite golf course has become an eyesore.
    One of Detroit's most popular sports attractions is now a grown over weedbed. Neighbors say their favorite golf course has become an eyesore.
  • Demonstrators remember activist Charity Hicks

    Demonstrators remember activist Charity Hicks

    Demonstrators remember activist Charity Hicks

    Sunday, July 20 2014 2:11 PM EDT2014-07-20 18:11:28 GMT
    The victim of a hit and run accident in Manhattan six weeks ago has died. Charity Hicks had been in a coma since being hit by a car at a bus stop on 10th Avenue May 31st. Hicks was a community activist from Detroit who helped start the anti-water shut off movement.
    The victim of a hit and run accident in Manhattan six weeks ago has died. Charity Hicks had been in a coma since being hit by a car at a bus stop on 10th Avenue May 31st. Hicks was a community activist from Detroit who helped start the anti-water shut off movement.
  • Detroit water department warns against illegal hookups amid shutoffs

    Detroit water department warns against illegal hookups amid shutoffs

    Thursday, July 17 2014 10:02 PM EDT2014-07-18 02:02:52 GMT
    Detroit water customers who are struggling to pay the water bill are finding some help - but it's illegal. Social media sites are now surfacing instructing people how to steal water. 
    Detroit water customers who are struggling to pay the water bill are finding some help - but it's illegal. Social media sites are now surfacing instructing people how to steal water. 
Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices