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Panola deputies have questions about casino winner's armed robbery claim


Investigators in Panola County confirm they have been in contact with a relative of the man who claims he was robbed of $19,000 in casino winnings last week.

Chief Deputy John Depresca says they would like to talk to him to clear up some questions that remain, based on his statements to investigators about the incident, but had been unable to reach him.

Now, however, Depresca says they expect to hear from Jacob Thompson in the next few days.

Thompson told deputies that he won $19,000 at the Horseshoe Casino in the early hours of Friday, Jan. 10, and was held at gunpoint when he arrived at his home on FM 10 shortly before 6 a.m.

Thompson reportedly told the deputies that 2 men in a dark-colored SUV pulled up behind him in his driveway and ordered him to his knees at gunpoint before demanding and taking his money.

Depresca says surveillance video from the casino turned up no evidence of suspicious activity or anyone being followed.

KSLA News 12 has confirmed that Thompson was arrested on a warrant for cattle theft out of Red River Parish 3 days before the alleged armed robbery.

According to Livestock Brand Commission Inspector Carnie Burcham, a warrant was issued for Thompson on December 30, after the Red River Livestock sale barn reported that Thompson had purchased and received $30,000-worth of cattle in September, but never paid for it.

Thompson was arrested on January 7 and released the following day after paying the sale barn for the cattle with certified funds. The sale barn dropped the charge.

Thompson's wife, Tara, says it was an accounting error that was resolved after their attorney sent the sale barn a certified letter with proof that the money had been paid.

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