December 21st found Jonathan Duhamel opening the door to his home in Boucherville, Quebec, only to be forcibly beaten and robbed by suspects that rang the doorbell. Duhamel was the first Canadian to win the main event of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas in 2010; he earned $8.9 million US for that victory.
During the robbery the suspects took an undisclosed amount of 500-euro bills, a black Rolex Submariner watch (reportedly a gift from PokerStars), and the WSOP Main Event bracelet; an irreplaceable symbol of accomplishment in the poker world.
Duhamel managed to call for help after his attackers fled and was treated at a hospital and released. He stated that he feared for his life during the ordeal.
“Investigators received information from the public and with this information they were able to arrest a 20-year-old woman Saturday night,” said Constable Mark David of the Longueuil police.
Of the four people who have been arrested, the only one that has a connection with Duhamel is a woman he dated briefly, 20-year-old Bianca Rojas-Latraverse from Saint-Saveur; she was charged with five offenses that included conspiracy.
Two more men, 22-year-old John Stephan Clark Lemay from point-Claire and 26-year-old Andre Robert Perron from Pierrefonds were captured after continued interrogation. The two men are charged with robbery, forcible confinement, assault, and breaking and entering. The bracelet is still missing but the Rolex was in the possession of Perron when he was arrested.
A fourth person was arrested today in connection with the robbery. Questioning continues of the 20-year-old man from Longueuil but no charges have been filed as of yet.
Duhamel has offered a reward of up to $10,000 for the arrest of those responsible for the robbery and the return of his property.