Huntington Beach man’s death at Pechanga casino under investigation
By Gail Wesson
The circumstances surrounding the death of a 27-year-old Huntington Beach man on Monday, July 10, less than a day after he fell at Pechanga Resort and Casino are under investigation, according to the Riverside County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office.
Robert Flores died at 1:20 p.m. Monday at Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar, according to coroner’s Sgt. Brent Sechrest.
Sechrest said the time of injury was about midnight Sunday, July 9, and it “looks like he fell from something and we’re still looking into it.”
The coroner’s office will determine the cause and manner of death as part of its investigation.
Michael Jauregui, who identified himself as the victim’s uncle, said by phone that family members learned Flores “fell 30 feet from a stairway or escalator” and were alerted to the incident after a public address system paged the victim’s father.
Several family members had taken a day trip to Pechanga from Huntington Beach. Jauregui said Flores had told two brothers he was going to the bathroom and that was the last they saw of him.
Family members have not succeeded in getting more information about the circumstances from Pechanga security personnel who gave Flores’ mother an incident report number, according to Jauregui.
Ciara Green, spokesperson for the resort and casino, said in a written statement: “We are very saddened to learn of this tragedy and extend our deepest condolences to the family.
“We are working with local law enforcement on this incident.”