OROVILLE (CBS13) – A mother and son were arrested after an elderly woman who won big at an Oroville casino was robbed, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office said on Thursday.
Daniel Braziel, 30, and Regina Brito, 49, both of Marysville, were arrested Wednesday evening and booked into the Butte County Jail where they face charges of robbery and elder abuse.
According to the sheriff’s office, the victim won more than $4,500 at the Gold Country Casino but never had the chance to celebrate. She was pushed to the ground and robbed by Braziel, who stole the money and took off in a getaway car driven by his mother, Brito.
“It’s very messed up you know? And it just puts this little extra oooh on it with the mother and son,” Eric Meyer, a regular at Gold Country Casino, said.
The casino caught the suspects on video surveillance. Cy Woodworth, another regular, said he’s shocked the duo managed to get away.
“They [the casino] have a pretty good security system up there,” Woodworth said. “As far as security guards up in Gold Country. They do their job accordingly. They apprehend whoever they have to. They have handcuffs. They handcuff them.”
Woodworth claims that typically there is added security for big winners.
“I would assume they would ask to walk her to her car. Again, that’s why I’m surprised that this happened. An elderly person winning that kind of money I would suspect that they would do that,” Woodworth said.
Gold Country Casino did not reply to our request for comment, but casino regulars say altercations aren’t uncommon, but an attack on an elderly person is not as normal.
Arrest warrants for the pair were obtained on Wednesday, as well as a search warrant for an Olivehurst residence. The vehicle used in the robbery was found at that residence, investigators said.
Brito was arrested at an apartment in Linda, where investigators said they also located property taken during the robbery. Braziel was located driving around the Linda area and was taken into custody without incident.
The mother and son are scheduled to be arraigned on Friday at the Butte County Superior Court.