Publication date: May 1, 2021, 07:22 h.
Last Updated: May 1, 2021, 05:02 h.
A 74-year-old Win-River casino real estate developer was robbed and pulled from her car on Thursday night outside her home in Redding, California. The arrest came shortly after she left a nearby casino.
The bandits stole her purse during the robbery. But deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff's Office said they caught a couple shortly after. According to KOVR, the local TV station, the victim was at the Redding tribal gambling site earlier on Thursday. She started to win.
The couple started following her at the Win-River Resort & Casino. She got in the car and drove home. The duo followed her all the way to her home. She hadn't got out of the car yet when one of the bandits approached her.
He pulled out a gun. Then he ordered her to return the purse. They both fought.
He finally got a purse. but not before the victim was pulled out of the car. She had a cut on her arm. The suspect then fled to a nearby car. He jumped into the car and the thieves drove off.
Deputies said they soon identified the thief as Timothy Wilt 33. The driver was Allissa Long 24, authorities said. They're both from Oroville. The deputies viewed the surveillance footage taken in front of the casino to identify suspects.
Authorities locate suspects
Detectives soon located the duo in Red Bluff's apartment. The authorities have announced that they want to see them. But neither of them wanted to leave the apartment. About half an hour later, both suspects turned themselves in to their deputies.
Wilt and Long have been accused of robbery and criminal threats, conspiracy and the mistreatment of elderly people with serious injuries, the report said.
Both were held in prison at the end of that week. Long's bail was $ 50,000, according to KHSL, the local TV station. Wilt was held without bail, adds the TV station. He was reportedly wanted for violation of the suspension conditions.
If convicted, each duo faces decades in prison. It was not known if the casino winnings were recovered. The sheriff's deputies did not say how many were won.
Previous casino-related robberies by senior victims
In an unrelated incident, two thugs attacked an elderly man last Christmas in a Las Vegas parking lot before stealing his wallet.
The Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall robbery victim is believed to have been in his 90s, according to Las Vegas Review-Journal . Details of his injuries have not been released.
Two of the thieves were described as being in their 20s. They were recently seen fleeing a garage on the Boulder Highway.
Sam's Town is known as the local casino. It is operated by Boyd Gaming.
In yet another unrelated incident in October, an elderly woman robbed a Gold Country Casino that led to the arrest of a mother and son in California. The mother allegedly was a getaway driver after her son brutally stole money, police say.
Regina Brito, 49, and Daniel Braziel, 30 of Marysville, California, were arrested in connection with the robbery. The victim won over $ 4 500 at the Oroville Casino. She put the money in her wallet and sat down at the vending machine, informed KOVR.
Soon the man later identified Braziel. to the woman. Apparently, he pushed her to the floor and forcibly stole her money and other nondescript things, according to the local sheriff's office and news reports.
Braziel then ran to a nearby parking lot and got into a car driven by his mother, police say. The couple fled the area but were later detained. Police said the mother and son were accused of robbery and the mistreatment of the elderly.