Former deputy sought in casino takeover |

Former deputy sought in casino takeover


A former Douglas County deputy is among three men being sought by federal authorities in connection with the Oct. 9 armed takeover of an Indian casino north of Fresno, Calif.

Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies and U.S. Marshals closed off Bowles Lane on Friday morning in Gardnerville to search for Brian Auchenbach Jr., 38.

According to the Marshal’s Service, Auchenbach is one of 15 men wanted in Madera County on multiple felony charges in connection with the takeover of the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino in Coarsegold, Calif.

Also being sought in Northern Nevada are Timothy Tofaute, 46 and David Dixon, 35.

All three have extensive military, private security and firearms training. Auchenbach served in the U.S. Marine Corps before becoming a deputy. Tofaute is a former Navy Seal. Due to the subjects’ background, as well as the nature of the charges, they should be considered armed and dangerous.

The Reno U.S. Marshal’s Office is asking the men to immediately surrender to law enforcement. The public is asked to contact the U.S. Marshals-led Fugitive Taskforce at 775-686-5780, Secret Witness, or the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office if they have any information which could assist with the apprehension of the subjects. All callers can remain anonymous.

The men are 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.

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.

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