San Jacinto: Man in custody for allegedly robbing elderly couple

SAN JACINTO – A 25-year-old man was in custody today for his alleged involvement in the robbery of a 75-year-old man and his 82-year-old wife on their way home from the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto.

The robbery occurred about 3:40 a.m. Wednesday in the area of Main and Hewitt streets, said sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Duckett.

The victims’ car was rear-ended in the area by suspects traveling in an SUV.

The victims exited their car to inspect the damage when two males exited the SUV and assaulted the man, robbing him of his winnings, Duckett said.

As the two males drove away, the SUV intentionally side-swiped the victim’s car, pinning the man between the two vehicles, then the SUV sped away in an unknown direction, Duckett said.

The man suffered non life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital where he was treated for his injuries, Duckett said.

Investigators from the sheriff’s Hemet Station followed up on evidence leads and arrested Curtis Lee Howard from San Jacinto, Duckett said.

Howard was booked into the Smith Correctional Facility. He was being held in lieu of $1 million bail, according to online inmate records.

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