Ex-Douglas County deputy among suspects in casino takeover
RENO — A former Douglas County sheriff’s deputy is among three Nevadans named as fugitive suspects in the armed takeover of a tribal casino in California last month.
The U.S. Marshall’s office in Reno identified the Nevadans Tuesday as 38-year-old Brian Auchenbach of Gardnerville, 46-year-old Timothy Tofaute and 35-year-old David Dixon, both of Sparks.
Authorities say the three have extensive experience in the military, private security and firearms testing, and should be considered armed and dangerous.
Tofaute is a former Navy Seal. Auchenbach was a Marine before becoming a deputy.
They’re among 15 suspects in the Oct. 9 takeover of the Chukchansi Indian Resort and Casino in Coarsegold.
They’re accused of kidnapping, false imprisonment and assault with a deadly weapon in what investigators say is part of a power struggle between tribal factions.