A city man who won a $1 million Lottery scratch-off game three years ago is facing charges after police determined he lied about getting shot during an allegedly armed robbery.
Marquele Tomlin, 30, was charged with misdemeanor second-degree reckless endangerment after an investigation into a reported armed robbery on May 30.
Police were sent to United Memorial Medical Center at 2:45 a.m. for a report that a man had suffered a gunshot wound to the hand.
Tomlin told police that he had been shot during a robbery earlier in the night while walking on East Avenue between Vine and Elm streets.
Police on foot and in cars, along with a K-9 unit, searched the area but found no evidence that a robbery or shooting took place, Detective Jason Ivison said.
Ivison said other areas of the city were checked and that he watched “hours of security footage” and interviewed dozens of people during the investigation.
The investigation revealed that Tomlin had been driving with a loaded gun on his lap and that his “reckless” driving caused the gun to discharge.
The bullet went through his hand and through the vehicle on East Avenue near Batavia Middle School.
The reckless endangerment charge came because the gun discharging “caused a substantial risk of serious injury or death to another person.”
Ivison said the car that Tomlin was driving has been found but that an investigation is continuing.
Anyone with more information can contact him at 345-6312 or through the confidential tip line at www.bataviapolice.org.
Tomlin in May 2018 won a $1 million scratch off with his then girlfriend. The two opted to take a lump sum payment of about $400,000.
Tomlin continued to be in the news after he and his girlfriend hosted several parties, some that turned violent.
One such party resulted in the stabbing death of a 41-year-old man outside Tomlin’s house on Central Avenue.
Nathaniel D. Wilson Jr. was sentenced to 20 years to life for the stabbing death.