Be careful out there. At Pechanga, the security people will beat you, or you can be carjacked by a tribal member, at other casinos, the criminals follow you home
A man suspected of following a woman from River Rock Casino to her Santa Rosa home and stealing her winnings was identified as a Daly City man now behind bars on a drug charge.
Sgt. Lisa Banayat said the 74-year-old woman won $3,200 from slot machines at River Rock Casino on March 31. A man approached her several times at the casino and offered to sell her a diamond ring.
The woman, whom police did not identify, was escorted to her car by casino security officers and drove to her Lakeview Drive home in Santa Rosa, Banayat said.
The woman was knocked to the ground by a man who then stole her purse and fled on foot, Banayat said.
She identified her assailant as the same man who had approached her in the casino.
Surveillance video from the casino showed the suspect, who Santa Rosa police identified as Daly City resident Lisandro Denglay Martinez, 32. Daly City officers located the suspect, who was arrested at his home on drug charges.
Evidence linking Martinez to the robbery was discovered and Santa Rosa police obtained an arrest warrant for Martinez on charges of robbery and elder abuse, Banayat said.