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For Immediate Release

November 19, 2014 Robert M. Alexander, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Nevada (775) 686-5780
U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Seeks Public's Assistance Locating 3 Individuals
Accused of an Armed Casino Takeover

** Update: Brian Auchenbach Surrendered on November 20, 2014 **  Read More

Reno, NV – Northern Nevada’s U.S. Marshals led fugitive taskforce is seeking the public’s assistance locating Timothy Tofaute , David Dixon, and Brian Auchenbach. Toufaute and Dixon are residents of Sparks while Auchenbach is a resident of Gardnerville. All subjects have significant ties to Northern Nevada.

Timothy Tofaute (46), David Dixon (35), and Brian Auchenbach (38) are accused of numerous felonies including kidnapping, false imprisonment, and assault with a deadly weapon. The subjects, along with other private security contractors, are accused of an armed takeover of the Chukchansi Indian Resort and Casino located in Coarsegold, CA on October 9, 2014. An arrest warrant, with an $800,000 bail, was issued for all 3 individuals on October 31, 2014, by the Madera County Superior Court. The Madera County Sheriff’s Department is the investigative agency.

All 3 individuals have extensive military and private security training. In addition, Auchenbach is a former Deputy Sheriff and 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 encouraging the wanted subjects 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 your local police if they have any information which could assist with the apprehension of the subjects. All callers can remain anonymous.

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