MADERA COUNTY – Fifteen people involved in the Oct. 9 armed takeover of the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino in Coarsegold have been charged with multiple felonies.
The incident caused the shut down of the casino after the U.S. District Court granted an injunction closing the facility due to activities that were judged to pose a danger to the public and to employees of the casino.
Tex McDonald, Vernon King, John Olivera, David Lee Dixon, Timothy Tofaute, Shawn Fernandez, Tyrone Mark Twain Bishop, Benjamin James Rhodes, Jim Glassoook, Brian Leo Auchenbaoh, John David Cayanne, Ronald Jones, David Paul Anderson, and Miguel Ramos are each charged with seven counts of kidnapping, seven counts of false Imprisonment, eight counts of assault with a firearm, one count of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of battery inflicting serious bodily injury, and five counts of assault with a stun gun.
Eric Domingo Flores Suniga is charged with five counts of assault with a stun gun.
Many of the defendants are also charged with various special allegations for possessing and using firearms during the alleged crimes. All of the charges against the defendants are felonies and are punishable by imprisonment.
The case is the culmination of an intensive investigation by the Madera County Sheriffs Office. On Oct. 28, the Sheriffs Office submitted the matter to the Madera County District Attorney, and charges were filed after a careful review of the evidence and multiple discussions with the Sheriffs Office, says District Attorney Michael Keitz.