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Two More In Custody For Casino Takeover

MADERA COUNTY – A fourth and a fifth suspect wanted in connection with the Oct. 9 Chukchansi Casino takeover attempt have turned themselves in to authorities.

Miguel Ramos, 23, of Chowchilla, was Tribal Security for the McDonald Faction; and Tyrone MarkTwain Bishop, 29, of Fresno, was a Guard Supervisor for the McDonald Faction’s hired security. Both voluntarily turned themselves in to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office late Monday afternoon.

Both Ramos and Bishop were wanted for Kidnapping, False Imprisonment, Assault with a Firearm, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Battery Causing Serious Injury, and Assault with a Stun Gun. They were booked into Madera County Department of Corrections with bail set at $800,000 each.

Earlier today, Tex McDonald and Vernon King both turned themselves in at approximately 2:30 p.m..

Tex McDonald, wanted for Kidnapping, False Imprisonment, Assault with a Firearm, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Battery Causing Serious Injury and Assault with a stun gun, was booked into Madera County Department of Corrections, with bail set at $1 million.

Vernon King, who was wanted for Kidnapping, False Imprisonment, Assault with a Firearm, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Battery Causing Serious Injury, and Assault with a stun gun, was also booked into Madera County Department of Corrections, with bail set at $800,000.

Yesterday, Tulare County Sheriff’s Deputies took 30-year-old Eric Domingo Flores Suniga of Cutler, Calif., into custody. He posted bail that night. According to Madera Department of Corrections records, Suniga is expected to make his first court appearance in Madera Superior Court on Nov. 24 at 8:30 a.m.

On Friday, Oct. 31, warrants were issued for the arrest of 15 individuals in connection with the armed takeover at the casino, after the Madera County District Attorney’s Office filed charges. Currently 10 suspects remain outstanding.

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