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Unlucky gambler has even worse luck as a would-be robber, police say

Published On: Oct 28 2013 08:17:02 PM EDT

An Allentown man who lost money gambling became a loser a second time when he tried his hand at robbery, officials said.

James W. Strohl was found by police on the ground in the 1300 block of Montrose Avenue in Bethlehem after making several attempts at robbing Genaro Alvarez III at 2:15 a.m. Sunday, officials said.

Strohl was shoved away several times by Genaro and finally knocked to the ground after announcing that he was going to rob Genaro, officials said.


Strohl made his intentions known after he parked his 2007 blue Honda Civic behind Genaro's car and told Genaro and his wife, "I lost my money at the casino and now I'm going to rob you," officials said.

When questioned by police, Strohl admitted that he tried to rob Genaro, officials added.

Strohl, 23, of 2224 East Fairmont St., Allentown, was arraigned on charges of attempted robbery, public drunkenness, driving under the influence and theft and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $30,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Nov. 12.