Armed men hit Farwell casino

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers

Two men with handguns robbed The Winner’s Touch casino in Farwell about 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, Police Chief Robert Achterberg said in a news release.

Achterberg said it was the second time in five days the casino at 301 Ave. A was held up. Achterberg said two armed suspects entered the business on Saturday and forced patrons onto the floor.

No injuries were reported, but the news release said one woman was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis for an anxiety attack.

Sherri Hailey, who owns The Winner’s Touch, said the robbers took $500 Saturday evening from the businesses cash drawer. No patrons had money taken from them, she said.

In the previous armed robbery on Tuesday afternoon, Hailey said the robbers stole more than $900.

“From now on, we will be keeping less money on the premises at all time,” she said. “I am concerned for my employees’ safety and the safety of my customers.”

One of the suspects in Saturday’s incident is also a suspect in Tuesday’s holdup. He is described as a black male, who was wearing all black clothes with a black and white bandana covering his face, the news release said.

The second suspect was described as a black male about 6-feet tall and “skinny,” the release said.

Hailey said she was unsure how many patrons were inside the business during Saturday evening’s robbery. She said one female employee was present when the robbery occurred and four customers wrote down statements for the Farwell Police Department.

Hailey said she was pleased with the response of police and that surveillance cameras will be installed at the business soon.

“The suspect, or suspects, are not going to scare me into closing my business,” Hailey said.