Four Arrested For Attacking Poker Champion

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Four people have reportedly been arrested for their roles in attacking and beating World Poker Champion Jonathan Duhamel at his Quebec home.

Police in Montreal say that four people, three men and one woman have been charged in the attack. One of the defendants, Bianca Rojas-Latraverse, dated Duhamel a few months ago. "She is the only one of the four suspects that Jonathan knew." said Duhamel's agent Philippe Jette.

Others named in the case include John Stephan Clark Lemay, 22, and Andre-Robert Perron, 26. A third unnamed man was arrested on Thursday.

On December 21st, Duhamel was attacked in his home, tied up and beaten and left in the home after the defendants stole his championship bracelet and Rolex watch.

Police said they were able to locate the Rolex and information began coming into law enforcement after the posting of a reward by Duhamel. He reportedly offered up to $10,000 for information that would help the case.

"Investigators received information from the public and with this information we were able to make an arrest. During the investigation, the Rolex watch was seized but we're still looking for the bracelet he received for the poker championship." said Longueuil police Constable Mark David."

Duhamel became a poker champion in 2010 when he took home $8.9 million USD after winning the World Series of Poker Main event. He was the first Canadian to ever win the event.

World Series of Poker Media Director Seth Palansky said that if the bracelet is not recovered, the tournament will offer him a replacement one. "The tournament director, Mitch Garber, contacted Jonathan after the incident and informed him that the bracelet can be replaced as needed," Palansky said.