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Aiea man sues casino over restroom robbery

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:08 a.m. HST, Jun 01, 2012

A Hawaii man is suing a Las Vegas hotel and casino where he was beaten and robbed in 2010, claiming Main Street Station was negligent in not providing enough security in a long, dark hallway that leads to rest­rooms.

Calvin Kawamura and his wife, Jeanie, of Aiea, filed the lawsuit last week in federal court.

The Kawamuras say they were playing slot machines on the main casino floor in May 2010. It was about 3 a.m. when Calvin Kawa­mura, then 68, headed to the rest­room and was attacked by a homeless man later arrested by Las Vegas police.

Kawamura was knocked unconscious and robbed by the man, who "wandered unimpeded into the Main Street Station casino where he was able to lay in wait undetected in a bathroom tucked away at the end of a long, dark and isolated corridor," the lawsuit states.

No security guards or personnel were at or near the rest­room, the lawsuit said.

Main Street Station operator Boyd Gaming Corp. declined to comment.

Because Main Street Station targets Hawaii residents who frequent Las Vegas, it should be a place that's safe for visitors, the couple's attorney, Edmund Saffery, said Thursday. "They make it appear like it's your home away from home," he said of the casino, where dealers wear aloha shirts. "It's like you never left Hawaii."

The Kawamuras, who started visiting Las Vegas more often during their retirement years, opted to stay at Main Street Station because of the many advertisements they received, Saffery said.

Kawamura suffers physical and emotional problems related to the attack, according to the lawsuit, which was first reported by Hawaii News Now.

The Kawamuras are seeking unspecified financial damages.

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manakuke wrote:
‘Sin City’ is still dangerous.
on June 1,2012 | 06:16AM
CartwrightPark wrote:
That's the bottom line. Even on the strip it's dangerous, not so much in the major casinos, but step outside and anything can happen. Always be aware of your surrounding no matter where you are.
on June 4,2012 | 05:32AM
news333 wrote:
Downtown is where Hawaiians are funneled to. It's run down, the odds are the same, and Dangerous. Pay a litle more to live like an American (which we are) and stay on the strip. People spend about $1000 in gambling. Staying on the strip is only about $30 more a day. Vacations Hawaii and Sam Boyd, make some changes.
on June 1,2012 | 09:34AM
nigelUV001 wrote:
wow, I'm shocked and upset about this situation. I go to Main Street Station all the time and thought that it was safe. Boyd and Vacations Hawaii should hire more security guards or pay the security guards more so they do a better job. I will be looking over my shoulder the next time I gamble at Main Street Station or eat at the buffett.
on June 1,2012 | 10:06AM
syhud wrote:
He should have known that going down that dark hallway was a GAMBLE? Right?
on June 2,2012 | 06:31PM
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