Gambler says he punched casino machine in frustration

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NORTHWOOD, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a man arrested at a northern Iowa casino told a deputy that he’d punched a gambling machine out of frustration.

Court records say Dion King is charged with criminal mischief. A Mason City phone listed for King rang unanswered Tuesday. The records don’t list an attorney for him.

The Worth County deputy says in a criminal complaint that he was sent Saturday to the Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood and reviewed security video. It showed King punching the machine’s touch screen several times, causing an estimated $2,000 in damage.

The complaint says King later admitted getting frustrated and striking the machine.

It’s unclear how much — if any — money King had lost. The casino manager didn’t immediately return a call from The Associated Press.