Deputies: Two charged after reported fight at del Lago

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on May 11th at approximately 10:30 p.m. deputies responded to del Lago Casino for the report of a fight in progress.

Upon arrival, security staff had Leah M. Race, 51, of Lafayette and Stephen M. Velarde, 51, of Rock Hill, South Carolina detained at the front entrance.

After further investigation, it was discovered that Race and Velarde were gambling at a blackjack table when they got into a verbal argument with another guest who was playing at the same table.

The argument escalated and Race and Velarde struck the guest multiple times in the face with open hands.

The two were taken into custody and issued appearance tickets for second-degree harassment.

They are both scheduled to appear in Tyre Town Court on June 11th at 5 p.m. to answer the charges.

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