A big winner at a Pittsburg County casino is in the hospital after being severely beaten by thieves who followed him home and took his winnings early Sunday morning in McAlester.
McAlester police said the victim tried to fight off his two attackers, who were both less than half his age and who both outweighed him by at least 40 pounds.
Police said the 69-year-old robbery victim had won more than $10,000. When he left the Choctaw casino in McAlester early Sunday morning, the victim was followed about five miles to his house.
"When he got out of his truck, they met him at his door, as he was getting out. Told him to give them all of his money," said Sergeant Chris Morris with the McAlester Police.
The victim said as the man was punching him the woman nearly ripped his pants off while trying to get the money he'd won.
"They threw him to the ground and continued to beat him," Morris said.
Even after the woman got the cash and went back to a gold Pontiac four-door car, police said the man continued to viciously attack the victim, until a neighbor yelled for him to stop.
When asked what he thought could have happened without the neighbor, Morris said, "Who knows what would have happened. We could be working a homicide."
The victim's leg is broken in several places.
Casino surveillance pictures show the two suspects watching the victim as he was winning. Police say they even made small talk.
Police have two suspects, Richard Blackmon, who also goes by Rocky, and Toni Fourkiller. Once arrested, both will face aggravated assault and first-degree robbery charges.
"He had a pretty good night at the casino, and I'm sure he could have put it to use," Morris said. "Where now it's probably going to go to stolen property or drugs, and he's going to be out the ten grand and he's probably got more than that in doctor bills now."
Police caution casino goers to always be alert, to ask for a security escort to their cars, and to watch for anyone who could be following them.
If anything is suspicious, call police. Investigators don't want something so terrible to happen to anyone else.
Anyone with information on the suspects is urged to call McAlester police detectives at 918-423-1212.