Man assaulted, robbed outside New Mexico casino
The man was bound, blindfolded and kidnapped during the armed robbery
Here’s a little tip for gamblers – if you win in a casino, don’t start bragging to everyone, especially those you don’t know. A New Mexico man learned that lesson the hard way after he was kidnapped and robbed outside the Casino Apache Travel Center new Mescalero on April 4. The suspects have already been caught and appeared before a judge last Friday.
Hector Gomez was last seen leaving the casino with two women and this was the last time he was seen. The ordeal finally came to an end three days later when an injured Gomez was able to summon help without being noticed by the assailants.
While he was being interviewed, Gomez explained that he had won $500 at the casino before meeting the two women and offering to give them a ride to the rodeo arena. When they arrived, Gomez was punched and knocked unconscious; when he came around, he realized that he had been bound, blindfolded and placed in the back of his truck.
From April 4-7, Gomez had been relocated from one place to another, ultimately ending up at the home of the grandfather of one of the suspects. At some point, he managed to gain access to a phone and called his son, who called police.
Two of the individuals involved have been identified as Brittney Priddy and Joshua Bowen. Both have been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, robbery, theft and fraudulent use of a credit card, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, conspiracy and interference with communication. Two others involved in the ordeal have not yet been charged.