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More than a decade after football star O.J. Simpson was on trial for murder, he was defending himself against armed robbery allegations in Las Vegas.
Eyewitness News hasexclusive interviews with the alleged victims.
The victims say O.J. was with a group of men who stormed the hotel room with guns to seize the football star's sports memorabilia.
People do business deals all the time in Las Vegas hotel rooms, but not like this. Two sports memorabilia dealers thought it would be just another deal inside a quiet hotel room at the Palace Station. However, they had no idea what or who they were about to encounter -- gun barrels and hotheaded sports star O.J. Simpson.
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Bruce Fromong, a collector, said, "This was basically a home-style invasion."
When Las Vegas resident Bruce Fromong planned to sell O.J. Simpson sports memorabilia, he met the maker himself and it wasn't pretty.
"He did bust in with the guys and there were guns present and guns pointed," Fromong continued.
He says Simpson took signed footballs, hundreds of photos, Simpson's Hall of Fame certificate and a picture of Simpson with J. Edgar Hoover, too. Fromong says he had this stuff as part of an unpaid debt from when he managed Simpson's publicity.
Fromong stated, "We were set up."
Another memorabilia collector helped O.J. do it.
Thomas Riccio, with Universal Rarities Auction House, heard a collector had some very valuable items he called Simpson.
"I was trying to get him his stuff back," Riccio said.
He says Simpson told him the stuff was stolen and he wanted to set up a meeting in California to get it back, but they settled in Las Vegas this week. Fromong thought he was about to make a deal, not meet with Simpson himself.
"They were very upset. They wanted their stuff back," Riccio explained. "He didn't break into a room with any gun. He was trying to get his stuff back is basically what happened."
Captain James Dillon, with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, said, "There are some evidence-related items and sports products that are in custody and have been recovered."
Captain Dillon says police haven't been able to find Simpson's alleged gun-wielding thugs. Even though police have seized some of the sports memorabilia, no one has been charged, and Simpson can go.
"He is not restricted in any form. He can leave," Capt. Dillon stated.
Police did meet with Simpson but he refused a taped interview until his lawyer was present.
Some of the charges he could face are robbery with the use of a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery, and burglary with the use of a firearm.
Police want to talk to the Clark County district attorney before they go ahead with any charges.
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