Buffalo Run Casino Scheme Leads to Duo Robbing Trucker in Oklahoma
Two suspects were arrested Sunday in Oklahoma after one of them allegedly aimed an assault rifle at a man in a semi-truck parked at a casino. The other robbed him.
The incident began a short time earlier when a blonde woman, Karla Lassen, 38, of Kansas, approached the man in Buffalo Run Casino, according to Four States Homepage News, a Missouri-based news site. She asked him for a lighter.
The two talked. Then, they went back to his truck cab. After he paid her $20 for an undisclosed reason, he went to sleep. Lassen left the truck but left a pair of underwear behind.
He later awoke when he heard a knock on the cab’s passenger door. He opened the door for Lassen.
Then, she forced her way into the cab, police said. A second suspect, Kalen McRay, 35, also of Kansas, was standing outside.
He was armed with a weapon that appeared to be a “machine gun,” the report said. He remained by the truck door, police said.
Lassen then allegedly swiped unidentified items belonging to the man. The duo then fled.
The victim searched the cab. He saw a cell phone and a pair of women’s underwear that did not belong to him. He then called the cops.
Police arrived and checked surveillance video. They saw the car in which the two were passengers before the robbery.
Police later located the car. They questioned the driver. That person claimed to be unaware of the robbery.
Rifle, Meth, Ammo Seized
But in the car’s trunk, they found what appeared to be a semi-automatic DPMS AR rifle, a quantity of suspected methamphetamine (meth), and a cell phone. Those items were seized.
Based on information they gathered, officers went to the Best Western TimberRidge Inn, located in Grove, Okla., about 30 miles from the casino. The suspects were apprehended.
In the motel room, police found a destroyed cell phone, several backpacks, a ghillie suit (camouflage wear), magazines for an AR-style rifle, and ammunition.
McRay and Lassen were charged with first-degree robbery, conspiracy, assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, police said. Lassen was also charged with possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction.
Both were booked at the Ottawa County Jail. They remained in custody as of early Tuesday. Their cases will be turned over to criminal courts.
Previously, Lassen was sentenced by a judge to five months in a Kansas correctional facility for a 2019 burglary conviction. McRay also previously was sentenced to 22 months in a Kansas correctional facility for a burglary conviction.
Buffalo Run Casino is located in Miami, Okla. It has a lounge for truckers, as well as a gaming floor, hotel, bars and restaurants. Miami is 183 miles southeast of Wichita, Kan.
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