Bart Mendoza 5 a.m., Dec. 8
Case of the Bogus Casino Killer Call
Woman claimed she murdered her husband for losing thousands in the casino...or did she...
777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Valley Center
January 8, 2:20 p.m.
Sheriff’s Communications Center received a call from security at the Harrah’s Rincon Hotel/Casino of a shooting. Hotel security reported that a female had just called the front desk of the hotel and said she shot and killed her husband in one of the rooms. She also said she was going to shoot herself. It was an hour long conversation, and she claimed she murdered her husband because he’d lost several thousand dollars in the casino, according to Lt. Brust of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept.
Deputies and Highway Patrol officers went to the hotel to evacuate “uninvolved persons” and conduct a search for the victim and suspect.
Investigation led to the possibility that the incident may have occurred on the 3rd Floor of the Garden Tower. An extensive search was conducted but neither a victim nor a suspect were found.
Later, with the help of the Atlantic City Police Department, a New Jersey woman was linked to the phone call. The front desk of the Ceasar’s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, received a call from a woman the same night that she’d killed someone and was threatening to kill herself.
The calls were traced to a pay phone and the woman has been identified. She is a resident of Atlantic City and alleged to suffer from psychiatric problems; apparently, she is alleged to have made up to 15 calls to different Harrah’s properties around the country.