Three people have been charged with poisoning and robbing patrons at the San Manuel casino near Highland, authorities said.
Esperanza Maldonado, 52, of Hesperia, and Cameron Dollar, 27, of Rancho Cucamonga, have pleaded not guilty, San Bernardino County court records show. Eddie Lee Chapman, 41, of Hesperia, has not yet been arraigned.
On Nov. 8, security at the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino found 48-year-old George Edginton unconscious on the casino floor, San Bernardino County sheriff's officials said in a news release. Edginton was unsure what had happened to him, but he remembered talking with Maldonado and having a beer with her. Edginton told authorities he thought the beer tasted different after he left it with Maldonado while he went to the restroom. After a few sips, he lost conscious playing a slot machine.
Edginton reported the incident to security and, because he was no longer feeling the effects of the unknown substance he believed he consumed, drove home, sheriff's officials said. But Edginton lost consciousness while driving on the freeway and struck a concrete barrier. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of his injuries.
With the help of casino security, Edginton contacted the Sheriff's Department to report what had happened.