Police have arrested a second man in connection with the three armed casino robberies in the attempt to get money to be able to buy meth in California and sell it in the South Dakota.
Police issued an arrest warrant on Monday for Eddy Freddy Lopez. Lopez is a 39-year-old man from Luverne, Minnesota and is facing three counts of first-degree robbery, for the armed robberies at the Crown, Rice Street and Deuces Casinos, for which he the warrant was issued. The robberies tool place between September 2-6.
Lopez was arrested on Wednesday morning.
Lopez’s vehicle was spotted leaving the scene by an officer responding to the Crown Casino robbery; he also noticed that the vehicle had the brake light out. According to the court documents, the officer noted the description of the suspect from the casino employee, matched Lopez. A 9 mm shell was recovered from the front passenger seat, and a 9 mm shell was also recovered from the crime scene at the Crown Casino robbery.
Lopez started deleting contacts from his cell phone after getting into the conversation with the officer. The officer took away the phone to prevent Lopez from further deleting any detail. Lopez denied any involvement in the crime and asked to leave.
Police arrested Angel Provincial two days later, on September 8 following the release of surveillance footage from the robbery. Provincial revealed that Lopez suggested the two rob the casino to raise money to buy Meth in California to sell in the South Dakota. He further revealed that Lopez provided him with the gun to rob the casinos.
Lopez has a $100,000 cash-only bond on his warrant.