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A 31-year-old man was arrested early today after he allegedly choked, punched and robbed a casino employee when she told him it was closing time.

Monte Ramon Howard of Billings is being held at Yellowstone County Detention Facility on suspicion of felony robbery.

According to Billings Police Sgt. Jason Gartner, the incident happened at the Nickel Ante Casino at about 2 a.m.

Howard allegedly choked the woman and punched her in the face. Police said he also threatened that he had a gun and demanded money, before he fled the casino at 4550 State Ave.

He was found later at a home at 357 South Billings Blvd., with money from the robbery.

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