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Billings Police have arrested two Billings men in connection with an armed robbery Monday night at a West End casino.

Antonio Fransisco Gutierrez, 35, and Christopher Alan Esrey, 30, were arrested early Tuesday after one of the men allegedly robbed Dotty's Casino at 4010 Montana Sapphire Drive, and the other served as the getaway driver.

A man reportedly flashed a handgun after entering the casino and left with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to a press release from Police Lt. Neil Lawrence.

The robbery was reported Monday at 11:48 p.m.

Officers used surveillance footage of the suspects to find their vehicle about an hour later, the release states, at the Gold Dust Casino on the 1300 block of 15th Street West.

The men are being held in Yellowstone County Detention Center.

Gutierrez is being held on $3,820 bail for felony robbery and six misdemeanor charges of failure to appear. Esrey is being held on $2,500 bail for felony robbery, a felony probation violation and misdemeanor revocation of a suspended or deferred sentence.


Morning Reporter

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