Security guard accused of setting up poker room robbery

Charles Clines-Martinez and Patrick Spirlark

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two people were arrested in the case of a man who was robbed and shot outside a poker room in northwest Austin.

Jermaine Patrick Spirlark, 41, and Charles Clines-Martinez, 24, face aggravated robbery charges. According to court records, Clines-Martinez was a security guard at the poker room.

The victim has since recovered after being robbed and shot outside the Texas Card House April 30. He and another person were leaving the poker room at 13376 Research Blvd. around 4 a.m., which is near closing time, when they were approached by Spirlark. While Spirlark was robbing one victim, the other victim tried to run away. That’s when Spirlark fired at the man who was trying to get away, according to the affidavit.

Spirlark then ran away from the scene. Clines-Martinez, who was working as a security guard at the business, came out “to see where the suspect fled to.”

During the course of the investigation, detectives discovered Spirlark and Clines-Martinez worked together to rob the poker room, according to the affidavit.

The Texas Card House is a private, membership-based social club.

The owner said after this incident, the business is adding a second guard at night. It also has numerous security cameras inside and outside and members can request a guard escort them to their cars.

The Austin Police Department Robbery Unit is still looking for more information in the case and asks anyone who knows anything to call 512-974-5092 or 512-472-TIPS.

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