UPDATE: $5M Bond Set For Man Charged In Joliet Casino Hotel Murder

Bernie Tafoya
March 25, 2019 - 7:37 pm

Robert A. Watson | Joliet police


JOLIET (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A $5-million bond has been set for a 25-year-old man accused of robbing and fatally stabbing a senior citizen at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino in Joliet.

Will County prosecutors allege Robert Watson, 25, of Chicago, stabbed 76-year-old Emmanuel Burgarino 26 times in the neck and chest late Sunday night on the fifth floor of the Harrah's Hotel.

Authorities were called about 10 p.m. Sunday for a stabbing in the 100 block of Joliet Street and found Emanuel M. Burgarino, 76, in a hallway of the hotel with multiple stab wounds in his chest and neck, police and the Will County coroner’s office said.

Burgarino, who lived in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, was pronounced dead at Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, authorities said.

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Prosecutors said the murder was an apparent robbery and that there is surveillance video of the attack. Prosecutors said surveillance video also shows Watson hanging around the casino that night.

The State’s Attorney’s Office said that, after Watson stabbed the older man, he ran down five flights of stairs and out of Harrah's Casino. They said the apparent murder weapon, a knife, was found in Watson’s backpack which was discovered in an abandoned house in Joliet.  Prosecutors said it appeared to have blood on it.

Watson was arrested about 1:25 p.m. Monday on the second floor the Joliet Public Library in the 100 block of North Ottawa Street, police said. He was wearing clothing similar to the suspect recorded on surveillance video at the hotel.

He has a history of convictions for crimes committed in Arizona, Texas, Wisconsin and Cook County.

The State's Attorney's Office said Watson was convicted of shoplifting and disorderly conduct in Arizona, convicted of aggravated robbery in Texas, convicted of lude and lascivious behavior in Wisconsin and convicted of robbery in Cook County.