Man Wins Big At Casino Before Fatal Robbery

SANTA ANA (AP) — Police say a man, who hit it big at a Southern California casino, was robbed and killed after apparently being followed from the gambling hall.

Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna says the 55-year-old victim won several thousand dollars at the Hawaiian Gardens Casino early Friday and was heading home with a woman when a car cut him off in Santa Ana.

Bertagna says the drivers got into a fight after the suspect demanded his winnings and the victim went down. As the suspect drove off, he ran over the victim.

Bertagna doesn’t know how much money was taken. An autopsy was scheduled Friday to determine how the victim died.

The corporal says the man’s name was not released because his family had not been notified.

The woman was uninjured.

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  1. Martyn says:

    Should have taken a check

    1. Deborah Naulls says:

      Most casinos don’t want to issue checks. Casinos always have a players bank. He could’ve left the money @ the casino and came back at a decient hour. That was too early in the morning to have that kind of money. There are no banks open and you are also taking another risk of having that kind of money at home. If you do decide to leave with that kind of money,don’t go straight home. If someone follows you drive straight to the police station.

    2. Deborah N says:

      Most casinos don’t want to issue checks. Casinos always have a players bank. He could’ve left the money @ the casino and came back at a decient hour. That was too early in the morning to have that kind of money. There are no banks open and you are also taking another risk of having that kind of money at home. If you do decide to leave with that kind of money,don’t go straight home. If someone follows you drive straight to the police station. Always watch your surroundings.
      inside and outside in a place like that.

      My sympathy goes out to the family………

  2. RonH says:

    What is the logic in putting the blame on the victim?

  3. cobra says:

    logic is this if i won that kind of money i sure as heck am not driveing home with it im going to head to the first bank i see and in so cal they are ALL OVER THE PLACE and deposit it i dont say he deserved this but he sure as heck asked for it and i get a feeling in my gut the UNHARMED woman set him up anyone willing to kill you for your winnings is not likely in my mind to leave a wittness

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