Over the weekend Cherokee was stunned when a robbery homicide was committed almost on the front steps of the Harrah’s Cherokee hotel and casino. On Sunday just before 10 o’clock the tribal police were called to the Fairfield Inn & suites with a report of shots fired. When officers arrived they found seventy-six year old Barbara Preidet, of Shelbyville, Indiana in the parking lot.
With a black mask and dark clothing the assailant grabbed Preidet’s purse and then fired a weapon. The description of the getaway vehicle is a light blue or gray Ford or Dodge extended cab truck.
Chief Hicks issued a statement saying how shocked and saddened he is by such a senseless act.
The tribal police and NC State Bureau of investigations are investigating this case as robbery resulting in homicide.