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Big win at casino may have led to slaying, police believe


SamurderDetectives believe a man was followed home from a Hawaiian Gardens casino and robbed of his winnings before being killed on a Santa Ana street this morning.

The unidentified victim, 55, had apparently won several thousands dollars before he was slain.

Santa Ana police were alerted to the South Andres Place killing about 5:30 a.m. by a woman screaming for help.

Arriving officers discovered a man lying in the street, having apparently been run over by an assailant. Dozens of $20 bills lay like confetti on the street.

Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said the victim had won several thousand dollars early Friday at the casino.

His killer followed him from the gambling establishment in another vehicle to Santa Ana, where he cut him off, according to Bertagna.

Bertagna said the suspect and victim had an altercation on the street, and the 55-year-old man fled on foot only to be struck by the killer’s vehicle.

The woman had accompanied the victim to the casino but was apparently unhurt in the attack.

-- Richard Winton

Photo: A police investigator picks up $20 bills scattered on the 100 block of South Andres Place in Santa Ana. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

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not surprised; anyone who has ever played at "the gardens" can tell you that some of the poker players there take things very personally. it has never happened to me, but i have seen players having a fist-fight in the parking lot after a bad beat. i hope they find this guy.


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