CABAZON, Calif. - A man suspected of stealing a casino winnings voucher from an 88-year-old woman, and shoving out of an elevator, was arrested near the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon and remained behind bars Monday.
Eugene Macalenao Menor, 37, of Moreno Valley, was arrested Friday following the reported strong arm robbery inside the casino. He was booked for suspicion of second degree robbery and remained jailed in lieu of $30,000 bail, records showed.
Sheriff's deputies were dispatched at 11:35 a.m. Friday to the A & W Restaurant on Seminole Drive at Interstate 10 to help Morongo Reservation Tribal Patrol officers detain Menor, Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. James Burton said.
Deputies were told the victim had accidentally dropped her ticket near some slot machines, and Menor allegedly snatched it off the floor before the woman could retrieve it.
She followed Menor inside the casino but lost sight of him as he allegedly cashed the voucher. The victim then spotted Menor entering an elevator and confronted hum, and Menor pushed her out of the elevator car, Burton said.
Menor bolted out of the casino and ran to the restaurant, where he was caught by tribal police. Deputies found cash of the exact amount of the victim's voucher when they searched Menor in a pat down, Burton said.