Authorities search for men accused of robbing, assaulting winner from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

WAGONER COUNTY, Okla. - Wagoner County authorities are looking for two men who beat a man and left him for dead near Catoosa Saturday morning. 

Wagoner County Sheriff's Department Major Gary Handley said the men assaulted a 40-year-old man from Guatemala in the 28900 block of East 4th Street South and robbed him. 
"The suspects beat the victim extensively and left him in the roadway after taking his personal possessions and cash," Handley said. 
Wagoner County Sheriff Bob Colbert says the 40-year-old man had just won nearly $2,000 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, where he was befriended by the men.
"A couple of guys befriended him, gave him a ride and that was his first mistake-- getting in a car with these guys, but they had offered him a ride home," Colbert explained.
The Wagoner County Sheriff's Office believes one of those men is 38-year-old Charles Matthew Powell. 
They describe Powell as white, 6 feet 3 inches tall and has black short hair. He also has tattoos on both arms and on the left side of his neck.  Powell may or may not have facial hair at this time, Handley said. 
He was last seen in a newer model silver, gray or green Jeep liberty and might possibly be in the company of his girlfriend whose name is Bailey, Handley said. 
Colbert says the victim was in Tulsa for work and did not have a car of his own.
Colbert says winners should seek security escorts offered by casinos.
"Any time anybody wins any money at the casino, that large amount of money, I mean they have to be cautious. I mean, when somebody when all of the sudden becomes their friend, I would highly recommend that they not get in the vehicle with anybody," Colbert said.
Powell is known to be working in the Sapulpa area. 
Those who know the current whereabouts of Powell or others connected with the robbery, contact Wagoner County Sheriff's Office dispatch at 918-485-3124.  For non-immediate tips, contact the tip line at 918-485-7799.
Amanda Clinton, Cherokee Nation director of communications, says winners who net more than $1,200 are required to fill out a tax form. At that time, they're are given a variety of options including whether they'd like a security escort to their vehicles.
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