Kidnapped, viciously beaten and knocked unconscious, elderly man robbed of casino winnings
REDDING, Calif. — Authorities say a felon, who was already on probation for prior theft convictions, was arrested again after he allegedly beat an elderly man unconscious and robbed him of “a substantial amount of money” he had just won at the Win River Casino in Redding earlier today, Saturday, May 15.
Today’s robbery was the second such incident involving the casino-winnings robbery of an elderly victim in the last three weeks. The other incident involved the April 28th robbery of a 74-year-old woman who was hospitalized after she was dragged from her vehicle by a handgun-wielding man who stole all the cash she had just won at Win River.
That incident ultimately led to the arrest of an Oroville pair after a brief standoff at a Red Bluff apartment complex the following evening.
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Deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, South County Station, were dispatched to the area of Clear Creek Road and Dredge Lane, northwest of Happy Valley, around 12:30 p.m. after the victim called 911 and reported the robbery, Shasta County Sheriff’s Sgt. Scoma has since said of the incident and arrest.
As deputies were responding to the scene, the victim provided the description of a Toyota Tundra the man who robbed him was seen getting into.
When deputies located the victim, whose name and age were withheld to protect his identity, they learned he had won a substantial amount of money at the Win River Casino earlier in the day.
The victim told deputies that while he was leaving the casino with his winnings, he was accosted by a man who forced the victim to drive him to the Clear Creek Road location. The suspect, since identified as Anthony Marcell RobbinsWray, 29, of Shasta Lake City, then forced the victim to walk into a wooded area south of Clear Creek Road, according to Scoma.
“Once out of view of the roadway, the suspect violently assaulted the victim,” Scoma explained. “The victim attempted to fight back but ultimately was knocked unconscious by the suspect.”
When the victim regained consciousness, he realized the money he had previously won had been removed from his pockets and he was bleeding from multiple injuries he had sustained in the attack that left him unconscious.
The victim then walked back to the roadway where he saw the suspect getting into a passing Tundra that he flagged down.
After locating and interviewing the victim deputies began searching the area for the Toyota, eventually locating it while searching the area of Highway 273. Deputies stopped the Tundra and detained the two occupants, at which time they learned the pair had willingly given the unknown suspect a ride, after he offered them cash to be driven from the area.
“The occupants were cooperative with the deputies and described the area in Redding where they had dropped the suspect off,” said Scoma; adding that the money the suspect gave to the Tundra occupants for the ride was consistent with the denominations taken from the victim and was recovered as evidence.
Deputies then responded to the area in Redding where the occupants of the Tundra described dropping RobbinsWray off and located him at a residence, where they detained him without incident.
A felon already on PRCS probation for prior theft convictions was arrested after allegedly robbing an elderly man of his casino winnings, since described as “a substantial amount of money.” Shasta County Sheriff’s Office photo
RobbinsWray, who is currently on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) for theft with prior felony theft convictions, admitted to the assault and was in possession of the exact amount of money, and denominations, the victim claimed was taken from him – minus the amount he provided the Toyota driver. Additionally, the clothing RobbinsWray was recorded wearing by the casino’s security cameras was recovered at the home where he was contacted.
RobbinsWray was arrested and later booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, robbery, elder abuse, and kidnapping with the intent to commit robbery.
Online jail records indicate he remains in custody and that his bail amount has not yet been assigned.
No further information regarding the victim’s medical status was provided, and the Sheriff’s investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with further information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 245-6025. Callers can refer to incident file number 21S015847 and can remain anonymous.
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Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).
Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.
Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)
During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.
Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.
Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.