Hotel security evacuated a portion of the hotel around the room and bomb specialists responded to the casino.
Hotel security determined Ken Surface had checked into the room earlier in the evening. Officers found Surface playing Texas Hold 'Em and handcuffed him. Jeffersonville Attorney Larry Wilder, who now represents Surface, says officers took the man to a room and interrogated him for two hours about the threat. Officers stated Surface was very cooperative with the investigation and agreed to let officers search his hotel room and vehicle. When nothing turned up in their search, officers released him.
Wilder says on July 11, Horseshoe's General Manager John Smith contacted his client, told him the Casino had been duped by a hoax, and said they were sorry he was detained.
Police said the call, which lasted approximately 4 minutes and 47 seconds, was routed through Horseshoe Casino's Philippines Office.
Harrison County Sheriff Rodney Seelye told Surface in a letter the investigation had determined the threat was a test call and neither Horseshoe's security staff nor the Harrison County Sheriff's Department was aware of the test.
Asked about the incident, Horseshoe Casino responded Monday with this statement from Smith:
Wilder filed a "Notice of Tort Claim" with the state Monday. In it, he claims Surface was defamed, falsely imprisoned, and subjected to "public
and emotional distress," and planned to sue the casino for "tortious actions precipitated by the reckless, erroneous, and wrongful conduct perpetuated by the Horseshoe Casino and Teleperformance-Cebu."