After winning at a Win-River Casino, a 74-year-old woman was robbed at gunpoint. She was forcibly removed from her vehicle in front of her home in Redding, California. It didn’t take long for the robbery to happen and the report suggests that the elderly woman was targeted and followed home by two assailants.
The suspects were successful in stealing the elderly woman’s purse during the planned heist. However, the thieving pair were caught by deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff's office not too long after the crime occurred. According to reports from a local TV station, Before the heist took place, the victim spent some time at the Redding tribal casino at the end of April. While enjoying herself at the casino, she eventually started winning.
While she was still at the Win-River Resort & Casino, two people started following her. The woman, with a sense of suspicion, left the casino and drove home. The pair followed suit and remained in pursuit of their victim until she reached home. Before she could exit her vehicle, one of the robbers had already made their way to the victim and drew a handgun. The assailant demanded that the elderly woman hand over her purse but she did not falter which led to a struggle between the victim and the assailant.
The assailant eventually overpowered the woman and ran off with the victim’s purse. The struggle led to the woman being pulled out of her car and sustaining an injury to her arm. The robber fled to a car parked nearby where the partner laid in wait. The assailants left the scene of the crime in a hurry. However, the escape was short-lived.
Shortly after the incident, deputies reported that the robbers were identified. The get-away driver was identified as Allissa Long, 24, and the assailant who attacked the elderly woman and grabbed the purse was identified as Timothy Wilt, 33. Authorities said that the pair were identified by viewing the surveillance video made available at the front of the casino.
After identifying the criminals, the suspects were tracked down to an apartment in Red Bluff, California. When the detectives and deputies arrived at the scene, they demanded to see the suspects and for the pair to exit the apartment. At first, neither of the two showed any interest in cooperating and remained in the apartment for about thirty minutes. Afterwhich, the suspects reluctantly surrendered to the authorities and were taken into custody.
According to the report, the assailants were both charged with conspiracy, criminal threats, robbery and elder abuse with great bodily harm and held in custody. Reports received from a local TV station said that Long was held in custody with her bail set at $50,000. The other assailant, Wilt, was being held in custody with no bail set. The man was allegedly wanted on a prior criminal charge related to the violation of a probation charge. While there have not been any reports of whether or not the victim’s property was recovered and no reports on how much the woman had won at the Win-River Resort & Casino.
In an unrelated incident occurring in Oroville, California at the Gold Country Casino, another elderly woman was attacked and robbed. The assailant and the getaway driver were later apprehended and identified as a mother and son duo. According to police reports, the son attacked the elderly woman before stealing the money she had won at the casino. The suspects were identified as Marysville, California locals, Regina Brito, 49 and Daniel Braziel and were both taken into custody as they were both linked to the robbery of the elderly woman.
Reports from a local TV station stated that the victim had won over $4,500 at the Oroville Casino. She subsequently put her winnings in her wallet and settled next to a slot machine. Soon after, a man later identified as Braziel began to approach the woman. Information made available from the news and the local sheriff’s office states that the assailant allegedly violently shoved the woman to the floor and stole the money and some of her other belongings that were not described by authorities. The man sped off to a parking lot nearby where he entered a vehicle with his mother as the driver and sped off. The pair were later apprehended and charged with elder abuse and robbery.
In another unrelated incident, an elderly man fell victim to a robbery at a casino in Las Vegas in December 2020. Assailants attacked the man in a parking garage and fled from the scene with his wallet in tow. According to reports, the incident took place at the Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall and the victim is believed to be in his 90s. It is still unknown whether or not the elderly man sustained any injuries. The two suspects have not been identified or apprehended but described to be in their mid to late 20s and were last seen fleeing the scene of the crime.