Elderly Man Arrested for Threatening to Set Casino Clerk on Fire

  • Incident took place at a Sioux Falls casino in South Dakota
  • Casino clerk handed over an undisclosed amount of money after being doused with gasoline
  • A 70-year-old man faces charges of first-degree robbery and aggravated assault
businessman holding plastic gasoline can
A 70-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly robbing a Sioux Falls casino by dousing a clerk with gasoline and threatening to set her on fire. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Doused a clerk with gasoline

An elderly man has been arrested after allegedly robbing a Sioux Falls casino in South Dakota on New Year’s Eve.

The 70-year-old man arrested in connection with robbing the casino has been accused of pouring gasoline over a casino clerk. He then threatened to set her on fire if she refused to hand over cash from the register.

threatened to set her on fire if she refused to hand over cash from the register

The casino clerk complied with his request and was not harmed. The robber then fled the scene with an undisclosed sum of cash. This incident took place on Tuesday at approximately eight o’clock in the morning.

Suspect tracked down and arrested

The 70-year-old man arrested in relation to this incident was tracked down and arrested at a nearby hotel. He was found at a hotel located by Russell Street and Louise Avenue, approximately four miles away from the scene of the crime. 

faces charges of first-degree robbery and aggravated assault

Larry Lee Fletcher faces charges of first-degree robbery and aggravated assault. Police easily identified him because he was wearing the same coat and shoes that he wore to rob the casino. The casino’s surveillance footage was valuable in this regard. 

While the casino was not named in the Argus Leader news report, it did state that this robbery took place close to Eight Street and Franklin Avenue. The Deuces Casino is located on 800 East Eight Street, so it is likely that this is the casino that was robbed.