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Final casino suspect turned over to authorities

The last of 15 suspects wanted in connection to the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino Oct. 9, takeover turned himself in to authorities last week.

According to the Madera County Sheriff’s Department David Lee Dixon, 35, was the last of 15 men wanted for their involvement in takeover which ultimately led to the forced closure of the casino.

Dixon turned himself in Wednesday, Dec. 17, after authorities had spent more than two months trying to apprehended those who with charges filed against them for their involvement.

Dixon was wanted for his involvement in the incident and has been charged with kidnapping and assault. As of the weekend Dixon remained in jail on $800,000 bond. The date for his arraignment is unknown however tribal council members Tex McDonald and Vernon King will be in court in January.

The casino remains closed after a federal judge in Fresno issued a preliminary injunction requested by the state Attorney General that will keep Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino closed indefinitely.

The preliminary injunction will remain in effect until “resolution of the case by settlement or judgment or the court’s further order.”

During the Oct. 9 incident several armed gunman entered the casino confronting and detaining casino security guards. That evening Lucky Lane was closed while order was restored.

- Staff Report

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