Suitcase Prompts Evacuation Of Valley Casino Parking Lot

Augustine Casino parking lot shut down for several hours for investigation

POSTED: 02:51 PM PST Dec 20, 2012 
Augustine evac
COACHELLA, Calif. -

An empty suitcase left unattended in the Augustine Casino parking lot caused concerns for residents living in the area.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department says they got a call around 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning reporting that someone left an abandoned suitcase in the parking lot. 

The parking area was evacuated while explosive ordinance experts from Riverside County investigated.  They determined that the suitcase was empty.  The ordeal ended around 2:30 p.m.