Elderly man stalked, robbed at Twin River

Elderly man stalked, robbed at Twin River

LINCOLN – An elderly man was robbed at knifepoint while exiting Twin River casino over the weekend.

Lincoln Police have arrested Anthony J. McClain, who they say stalked the victim earlier in the night on Saturday before robbing him. McClain, 30, of Framingham, Mass., was charged with first-degree robbery.

Police said McClain is captured on video following the 69-year-old victim around the casino.

When the victim left the casino and returned to his car on Saturday evening, the suspect allegedly stopped him from closing the car door, holding a knife to him and demanding his wallet.

The victim handed over his wallet and the suspect removed the cash and threw the wallet back before patting him down and stealing his cellphone and glasses.
The suspect was captured on video during the robbery and afterward when he ran back inside the casino briefly before making his way to a gray Toyota with Mass. plates in another parking lot.

Although the vehicle was registered out of Mattapan, Mass. to an uninvolved female, a cross-agency check showed a connection to a residence in Pawtucket. Surrounding agencies were notified of the incident and Pawtucket Police located the vehicle and McClain at a residence on Central Avenue a short time later.

McClain was located outside of the suspect vehicle wearing the same attire that he was observed wearing in the Twin River surveillance videos. A knife was also found on McClain.

Lincoln police responded to the Central Street address and took custody of McClain and the vehicle. McClain was transported back to Lincoln headquarters where he was processed and arraigned without incident.

McClain was held without bail on the capitol offense and transported to the Adult Correctional Facility.

Lincoln Police Capt. Philip Gould said he can’t release video footage from the robbery, but noted that it’s an important lesson in situational awareness.

“Unfortunately, we just never know when a predator may be lurking and waiting for an opportunity to victimize people,” he said. “I would also like to acknowledge our officers, Twin River Security and Pawtucket Police, whose quick thinking and cooperation brought a quick closure to this incident.”