Antoine Walker’s desperate, mercurial run from justice ended late last night at a Lake Tahoe casino, where he was placed in handcuffs by Nevada Sheriff’s deputies and hauled to the hoosegow. And really, who among us California residents cannot relate? Sadly, whatever happens in Lake Tahoe never seems to stay in Lake Tahoe. Mr. Walker, you may recall, had an outstanding warrant out for a little matter of over $800,000 owed to three Las Vegas casinos for bad checks. So when he showed up in Tahoe this week for the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, they pretty much had a jail cell cleaned and reserved in his name.
Walker showed up at Harrah’s Tahoe last night to play a little of the poker and the blackjack, and a “Harrah’s employee” spotted him and made his presence known to a couple of deputies who were there making the rounds. Even though Walker didn’t owe the money to Harrah’s, if there’s one thing I’ve learned from living in Tahoe for the past 10 years, it’s that Nevada casinos stick together. Anyway, Walker dropped a little more money than he had probably anticipated.
He went before a Douglas County judge this morning and was required to pay a $135,000 cash-only bond, and was back out on the course this morning at Edgewood Tahoe preparing for his 10:45 a.m. tee time. Playing partners? Dennis Haysbert and Bruce McGill (D-Day from “Animal House,” if you didn’t know). “Skipping out owing nearly a million bucks to the Las Veags casinos is no way to go through life, son.” (Dean Wormer shakes head in disgust).
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were conducting a foot patrol security check through Harrah’s when they were approached by a Harrah’s employee.The employee told the deputies that he had seen a television report about the warrant and that he’d just seen Walker inside the cabaret bar at the casino.The deputies checked the warrant information through their dispatch center, and the information was confirmed.
The warrant had been issued with a bail of $905,050.00 cash only.
Antoine Walker was subsequently arrested and booked for the warrant. Walker was cooperative with DCSO deputies throughout the process. He posted $135,000 cash-only bail (it had been lowered by Tahoe Township Justice Court Judge Richard Glasson earlier in the day) and is to appear in Las Vegas Justice Court, Department 10 on July 20 at 8 a.m.
So to recap, Walker, with an arrest warrant out on him for unpaid gambling markers, decides it would be fun on Thursday to hit the casino! Of course it’s hard to avoid, since Harrah’s is hosting the tournament, and that’s where the players stay. But he could have stayed at Travel Lodge, I hear that’s nice.