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I have a problem with the thread title. Sounds to me like he was a victim of a robbery or mugging here. I checked with the online addition of the Las Vegas Sun but it doesn't have the story yet. I don't think getting robbed constitutes "getting in troible." Sounds to me like it found him.

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I was wondering how a high-profile guest is moved, unconscious & dead weight, down a hall, into an elevator, down the elevator, through the casino, out the door, past the valet, and moved into a car. If doubt security is this lax, particularly at 5:30am when there isn't a lot else for security cameras to be watching, at a very high-profile Vegas casino.


Jun. 21, 2008

Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Javon Walker was seen entering a car under his own power at the Bellagio the morning he was found beaten and unconscious, it was learned Friday.

Metro police have surveillance tape of Walker going to the car, and it doesn't match the abduction story he told a Web site Tuesday, the source said.

It does not appear on the tape that Walker is being coerced, the source said.

Bill Cassell, spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department, said he could not comment beyond saying that there is an ongoing investigation.

Walker was found in a pool of blood around 7:30 a.m. Monday about a block east of Las Vegas Boulevard. The Hard Rock Hotel has confirmed Walker left Body English nightclub sometime after 3 a.m., after spraying clubgoers with champagne.

Walker also was seen at an after-party in the Hard Rock's penthouse suite.

A Hard Rock public relations representative said the hotel had no information on when Walker left the property.

"I was just back at my room, and at about 5:30 in the morning," Walker told TheDirty.com, "I got a knock at the door. I opened it, and three guys with guns were there. They cracked me in the head a few times, knocking me unconscious. They then robbed me of everything I had; my watch, money, everything. Somehow they got me to a car and dropped me off in the street. That's what happened."

Nik Richie, who reported the abduction story on his Web site, TheDirty.com, confirmed in an interview with Vegas Confidential that he talked to Walker on Tuesday, the day after the alleged incident.

"He's a good friend of mine," Richie said in a telephone interview from Scottsdale, Ariz.

Richie said he called Walker to see how he was doing and the former NFL All-Pro wideout agreed to talk about what happened on one condition: Walker wanted to shoot down the rumors, Richie said, that the champagne spraying had created issues with boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., who was with his entourage at a nearby table at Body English.

"That's why he agreed to talk," Richie said.

Walker, who suffered a moderate concussion, a broken eye socket and other facial injuries, was released from Sunrise Hospital on Wednesday. He had been found in a driveway at the Summer's Bay Resort on Winnick Avenue and Koval Lane.

Walker's abduction story has been met with skepticism, given the 2,000 video surveillance cameras in the Bellagio, including valet areas, elevators, elevator lobbies and public lobbies.

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His story stinks and he keeps changing it. He claims that on his way in his room @ the Bellagio & there were several guys with guns. They whooped his ass and relieved him of his jewels and cash. Earlier that night he was in the clubs giving groupies champagne showers with his boys. The Bellagio has super tight security, and you need a key even to go up to the suites. So how a bunch of thugs got past the security @ the elvevators and stairs and various Eyes in the SKy to rob him, knock him unconscious and carry him downstairs to a car to dump him in a shady area of town is beyond me, especially since he had a bunch of entourage around him. The Bellagio said they have no video that corresponds tohis story so most likely he's lying through his teeth.

My theory is he picked up a hooker [most likely male], that he didnt want his friends to know about which is why he went alone in a ****ty part of town. The hooker set him up, knocked him out and relieved him of his bling bling. He was too embarassed to say this, that he decided to make up some bull**** story.

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Suspect arrested in attack on Walker, suspected of felonies


LAS VEGAS -- One man was arrested and a second was sought Tuesday in a robbery and beating that left Oakland Raiders receiver Javon Walker unconscious on a side street after a long night of partying at Las Vegas nightclubs.

Police said Arfat Fadel, of Las Vegas, was accused of multiple felonies, including kidnapping, robbery, battery and conspiracy in a June 16 robbery. Lt. Clinton Nichols said Walker lost about $3,000 in cash and $100,000 worth of jewelry in the robbery.

The loot has not been recovered, he said.

"Mr. Walker was in town to have a good time, as many of our visitors to Las Vegas do," Nichols said. "As he will readily admit, he probably had a little too much to drink and he did not pick up on the clues that Mr. Fadel was someone he probably should not have been with."

Police released a booking photo of the 30-year-old Fadel and a black-and-white surveillance videotape image of the other alleged assailant who they said they believed was still in Las Vegas.

"The suspects knew who Mr. Walker was. He did not know who they were," Nichols said. "Whether they were part of his entourage or not remains to be seen."

Nichols said Walker got out of one vehicle he was riding in with friends and got into Fadels's black Range Rover with Fadel and the other man before he was assaulted and robbed.

"He willingly got in the vehicle on his own," Nichols said of the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Walker. "We're unsure why."

Nichols said during a news conference the two men were seen in some of the crowded nightclubs where Walker was shown on surveillance videotapes partying from about 9 p.m. June 15, until shortly before he was found unconscious at 7:19 a.m. the next morning about a block east of the Las Vegas Strip.

Police said Walker was hospitalized for treatment of a moderate concussion and significant facial injuries.

Walker was released by the Broncos last February and was signed by the Oakland Raiders to a six-year, $55 million deal.

The team and Walker's agent, Kennard McGuire of Richmond, Texas, did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

Fadel was booked on the Walker case while he was being held at the Clark County jail on unrelated kidnapping and battery domestic violence charges after an arrest Friday, jail records show.

He was due in a Las Vegas court Wednesday morning. It was not immediately clear if he was represented by a lawyer, and police Sgt. John Loretto said Fadel refused interview requests.

Nichols said Fadel had a record that included "a variety of criminal charges" in California, New York, Michigan and Nevada. He did not specify the charges.

Walker "assumed these people were friendly or responsible," Nichols said, "and unfortunately, they turned out not to be."

Walker, a former first-round 2001 draft pick by the Green Bay Packers, was traded to the Denver Broncos in 2006. On New Year's Day 2007, Broncos teammate Darrent Williams died in Walker's arms in the back of a limousine after a drive-by shooting in downtown Denver.

Walker later said then-teammate Brandon Marshall and his cousin exchanged angry words with two men who confronted Williams and his group after taking offense when Marshall sprayed them with champagne.

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Hmm, let's see, an ex-con driving a Range Rover. Not bad, he must be making nice living somehow. Hmmm..perhaps Javon was looking to support this entrepreneurs business and that's why he got in the car. By golly, I think there is a possibility there was some sort of drug transaction going on here (at least in Walker's mind) that turned into a beat down and robbery. Hmmm. Nice investment by the Raiders.

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