California Jury Convict Pechanga Resort Casino Defendants of Murder

On Wednesday, two women were convicted of robbing and murdering an 84-year-old woman in a bathroom of the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, California, as reported by local news outlets. Candace Tai Townsel, 42, and Kimesha Monae Williams, 38, both of Moreno Valley, were found guilty by a Murrieta, California jury of first-degree murder, robbery, elder abuse, and a special charge of killing during the course of a robbery, with great bodily injury.

The crime occurred on August 31, 2019, when Townsel and Williams were in the casino looking for people to steal from. The victim, Afaf Anis Assad of Long Beach, California, was with her 92-year-old husband when Townsel and Williams spotted them. Assad went into the women’s restroom, and Townsel and Williams followed her inside, where one of them proceeded to yank a pink purse from her and bruise her left arm in the process. The other suspect then pushed Assad, causing her to fall and strike her head on the floor.

The two assailants kept a custodian from entering the restroom until they had escaped with the purse, which contained between $800 to $1,200 in cash