Suspected casino patron taken into custody
Anthony McClain, 30, from Massachusetts, was arrested over the weekend for allegedly robbing a senior gambler at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
Lincoln police say the casino patron held the 69-year-old at knifepoint near the valet entrance of the Twin River parking lot on Saturday evening. Security footage helped track down the suspected assailant.
Victim gives his version of events
Police arrived on the scene of the robbery after a call came in before 6:30 pm. They met and spoke with the victim, who said he was in the driver seat of his vehicle when the suspect stopped him.
assailant held a knife and demanded the victim’s wallet, threatening to hurt him
The assailant held a knife and demanded the victim’s wallet, threatening to hurt him if he did not comply. When the elderly man handed over his wallet, the suspect took the cash and threw the wallet at the victim. Before the robber fled the scene, he also took sunglasses and a cellphone from the gambler.
Security video footage helps locate suspect
Surveillance video footage of the incident captured on Twin River security cameras detailed the incident. The footage showed the suspect running back into the building to reach his vehicle, which was parked in a different area of the property.
Police were able to determine McClain’s identity using the car registration information. The investigation connected the vehicle to an address in Massachusetts and a home in Pawtucket.
Police were able to determine McClain’s identity using the car registration information
Officers in Pawtucket tracked down the vehicle and McClain a short while later. He was in the same car and wore the same clothes he had appeared in during the robbery. He also had a knife on his person.
McClain was arrested and charged with first-degree robbery. Police are holding the suspect without bail.
Second Twin River robbery in two months
This is the second robbery in two months to be caught on Twin River Casino security surveillance. In November, a cop from Rhode Island was caught stealing a wallet at the casino.
According to VSO News, surveillance footage from the casino captured David Bradley picking up a wallet of a fellow customer from the gaming floor. Bradley proceeded to leave the casino instead of returning the wallet to its owner.
Security personnel followed the incident on camera and stopped him in the parking lot of the facility. Police arrested Bradley and charged him with larceny.