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Elderly man assaulted after Shasta County casino win; suspect arrested

A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting and robbing an elder who had won money at the Win-River Casino in Shasta County.

Posted: May 15, 2021 6:04 PM
Updated: May 17, 2021 11:21 AM

REDDING, Calif. – A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting and robbing an elder who had won money at the Win-River Casino in Shasta County.

Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Shasta County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the report of the assault in the area of Clear Creek Road and Dredge Lane.

According to deputies the victim of the assault was contacted by the suspect and was forced into giving the man a ride a location at Clear Creek Road and Dredge Lane. Deputies said the suspect forced the elderly victim into a wooded area south of Clear Creek Road. They said when the victim and suspect were out of view of the roadway the suspect “violently assaulted” the victim who tried to fight back, but was then knocked unconscious.

The victim told the officers that when he regained consciousness in the woods he discovered the substantial amount of money he had won at the casino was gone and he was bleeding from the assault. The victim told deputies that he then went to the roadway where he saw the suspect get into a Toyota Tundra that took off again eastbound on Clear Creek Road.

Officers said they had seen the Toyota Tundra earlier when they were responding to the initial call. They said they made a notation of the Tundra’s license plate number.

When deputies realized the Tundra was the vehicle the suspect had left the scene in, they found it again and pulled the driver and a passenger over. Deputies said the occupants of the Tundra were cooperative.

The two told police where in Redding they dropped the suspect off. Deputies found the suspect at a residence and said they were able to detain 29-year-old Anthony Marcell RobbinsWray who is from the City of Shasta Lake.

RobbinsWray admitted to the assault, according to deputies, who said he was in possession of the exact amount of money in the denominations that were stolen from the victim, minus some money given to the driver of the Tundra for driving him out of the area into the City of Redding.

According to officers, RobbinsWray is on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) for theft with prior felony convictions. They said he was seen in surveillance video from the casino and the clothing he was wearing when captured on the video was located by officers at the residence he was arrested at.

Charges against RobbinsWray included felony assault, robbery, elder abuse, and kidnapping with the intent to commit robbery. RobbinsWray was taken to the Shasta County Jail after his arrest.

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