A Brief Look at Crime 05/03 – 05/09

Arizona Tribal Casino Parking Garage Site of Deadly Shooting

An unnamed man was killed Thursday in the Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Wild Horse Pass parking garage. The fatal shooting is the latest violent incident in numerous gaming property garages or parking lots nationwide. Gila River police officers were reportedly on the second floor of the garage when they heard gunshots, according to azfamily.com, an Arizona news site. That was at about 2 am. Within seconds, the cops ran to the third level. They found a man on the floor. He had suffered several gunshot wounds, according to KPNX, a local TV station. Before emergency workers could transport the victim to a hospital, he died while in the garage, police said. The suspected shooter was also allegedly trying to wound a woman who was near the injured man. Officers exchanged gunfire with the alleged assailant.  No one was wounded during the exchange of bullets. The woman was able to run from the area. She was not injured. The suspect also tried to run from the crime site. But police were able to capture him after a short chase, KPNX said.

Dozens of Illegal Gaming Parlors Raided in San Diego

Law enforcement officers in California raided dozens of illegal gambling dens in San Diego Wednesday, capping a years-long investigation that has resulted in nearly 50 people facing federal gambling, gun and drug charges, authorities said. More than 450 officers, led by an FBI task force, fanned out in East San Diego in morning raids on two dozen locations that ended with 35 arrests, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office. A total of 47 people are charged in a series of federal indictments unsealed Wednesday. Some were accused of selling methamphetamine to gamblers. During a two-year investigation, authorities seized more than 12 pounds of meth, 640 gambling machines, 44 guns and more than $260,000 in cash, authorities said.

Authorities raided what they say were illegal gambling parlors inside apartments, outbuildings, small businesses and strip malls that took in thousands of dollars a day. Authorities said they have been associated with violence and drug sales, some of it linked to gangs. “According to court records, it is common for employees to hand out small amounts of methamphetamine and ‘comp’ customers to keep them playing and coming back for more,” the U.S. attorney’s office statement Said. “It’s rare to have a patron who does not use or sell methamphetamine inside these locations,” the statement said.

South Florida doctor ordered to stay away from her children following arrest at Hard Rock Hote

There are disturbing new details about a local doctor who was arrested at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. According to Seminole police, the woman left her children alone in her car while she went inside to gamble. Dr. Marieny Elena Guimera-Revelo is listed as an internal medicine doctor at Cano Health in Pembroke Pines. It’s a senior care center located about 15 minutes away from the casino. Guimera-Revelo faced a judge Tuesday and was told she can’t have any contact with her children. Police said those children, ages three and 11, were locked inside a car outside the casino. The children had been in the car for about an hour before police found them. They said she barely paid attention to what was going on and was spotted on surveillance cameras playing poker at a table. How her alleged judgment affects her employment remains to be seen. Meanwhile, the legal battle for her kids is just getting started.

Fayetteville woman accused of defrauding governments, businesses of more than $3 million

A Fayetteville woman was arrested by federal marshals last week and charged in a scheme that defrauded the Department of Defense, state of North Carolina and private businesses, among others, of more than $3 million. According to court documents, from 2005 to 2020, Stephanie Dianna Elliott, used more than 16 aliases, a dozen fraudulent business entities and 26 bank and credit union accounts to obtain more than 1,000 federal defense contracts valued at more than $2.2 million. According to the allegations in the indictment, Elliott defrauded the Department of Defense by obtaining contract payments after falsely certifying that she had shipped supplies to the U.S. military, when, in fact, the goods were not shipped. It is alleged that Elliott and/or businesses under her control were debarred from federal contracting on four occasions. Elliott allegedly circumvented the terms of her debarments by using aliases and various business names to continue bidding on federal contracts. The indictment also alleges that Elliott executed fraud schemes by winning contracts to deliver food products and other goods then defrauding third-party vendors by inducing them to deliver the goods without paying them what was due.

After the sandbag company sent the bags to Louisiana, Elliott allegedly only paid $400,000 on $1.48 million owed to the sandbag company. With the remaining $500,000, she allegedly purchased cars for family members, paid off restitution in a Durham County deferred-prosecution embezzlement and fraud case, and took at least six trips to Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Las Vegas, Nevada, spending thousands on flights, hotels, gambling and restaurants.

Man’s arrest after shooting at Win-River Casino marks second county shooting in two days

Law enforcement officials have arrested one person in connection to a report of a possible gunshot victim near Win-River Casino on Monday afternoon. Officials were dispatched to the casino around 3:15 p.m. after a caller reported a gunshot near the RV parking area. A man was seen on the ground after the gunshot, according to scanner communications. Casino security told police a suspect left on foot. Sheriff’s officials identified the suspect as Michael Cain, 71, of Redding and went to his home off Clear Creek Road, gaining permission to enter and attempting to clear the house around 3:40 p.m., according to scanner communications. However, deputies found neither Cain nor the car he was believed to be driving at the home, according to Tim Mapes, a sheriff’s office spokesman. A short time later, sheriff’s deputies were told Cain was at a shopping center off Westside Road in Redding, Mapes said. He said deputies arrested Cain outside the Round Table Pizza at the shopping center and took him in for questioning. Mapes said he did not know whether Cain and the shooting victim knew each other and what led to the shooting.He said the shooting victim was taken to a Redding hospital and is expected to recover from his wounds. Monday’s shooting was the second Shasta County shooting in two days.

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