Louisiana Casino Theft Leads to Suspect Crashing Car, Hospitalization

Posted on: April 19, 2021, 02:50h. 

Last updated on: April 19, 2021, 02:50h.

A 22-year-old man allegedly scooped up $1,300 from a cash register at a Duson, La. gaming property over the weekend. It was his third theft from the same casino, but this time after fleeing he crashed his car and wound up in a hospital, police reveal.

He is suspected of stealing from the casino twice before
Police stand by a crashed car. The driver of the car previously allegedly stole $1,300 from a Louisiana casino. (Image: Duson Police Department)

The suspect, identified as Triston Dupuis of Opelousas, La. allegedly grabbed the cash around noon on Saturday when casino employees were interacting with other customers, KLFY, a local TV station, reported.

The incident was videotaped on casino surveillance cameras, KFLY said. Cops were looking at the video, and Dupuis returned to allegedly try to steal more money, police said.

A police officer spotted him and started to run after Dupuis. But the suspect reached his Nissan Versa and drove off.

A short time later, Dupuis crashed the car into trees in Lafayette, police said. That is about 15 miles east of Duson.

Officers had followed Dupuis in a high-speed chase, police add.

After the crash, Dupuis was trapped in the Nissan. Lafayette firefighters extricated him.

Dupuis in Serious Condition

Dupuis was injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. But he was listed in serious condition over the weekend, police said.

Dupuis was to be charged with two counts of theft, police told KLFY. He will also be charged with single counts of theft, aggravated flight, resisting an officer, and possession of marijuana, KLFY add.

He will be booked on the charges after his release from the hospital, police said. The name of the casino was not identified in local news reports.

Suspect in Prior Casino Thefts

Dupuis is a suspect in two prior thefts at the same casino, police claim. One involved over $1,000 and the other was about $300, police said.

Lafayette Police say they also have an outstanding arrest warrant for Dupuis for a domestic abuse allegation case earlier this month.

In an unrelated case, across the country, the tail end of the Las Vegas Strip was the site of a violent and cumbersome incident last month.

It started as an argument at a convenience store. Before it was over, three people were shot and a suspect got struck by a car while running away from a crash.

In an unrelated crime, Louisiana’s Wild Fire Casino was the site of a shooting spree late last week in front of the building. The alleged shooter, Kewondrick Hays, 22, was arrested on Saturday.

He was charged with two felonies, according to WBRZ, a local TV station. These were reported to be attempted second-degree murder and assault by a drive-by shooting, according to the West Side Journal, a local newspaper.

No one suffered injuries from the Friday afternoon gunfire. Deputies from the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office initially suspected the shooting followed an argument, the Journal said.

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