Oregon Man Charged With Robbing, Shooting Casino (Latest News)

Federal prosecutors have charged a man from Oregon with robbing the Wildhorse Resort and Casino on the Umatilla Indian Reservation on Wednesday under threat of violence.

Javier Francisco Vigil, 51, was charged with perpetrating a Hobbs Act robbery and with carrying a firearm during and in connection with a violent felony, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.

Prosecutors claim that after entering the casino, Vigil went to the cashier cage in the gaming area and delivered the cashier a note demanding $1 million. After then, according to court filings, Vigil pulled a gun from his holster, pointed it at the cashier, and threatened to “bathe everyone in blood.”

Vigil exited the casino with $70,000 in cash and fired at least one shot at a responding tribal police officer.

In the ensuing shooting engagement, the vigil was wounded and was transported by police to a nearby hospital, according to the prosecution.

Vigil made his first appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jolie A. Russo on Friday in federal court in Portland. Prior to future court processes, he was ordered to remain in custody at the Multnomah County Detention Center.

Oregon Man Charged With Robbing, Shooting Casino
Oregon Man Charged With Robbing, Shooting Casino

His court-appointed attorney requested a review of the detention hearing set for next week, according to The Oregonian/OregonLive.

Authorities reported that a bystander had also been injured during the gunshot exchange on Wednesday. According to a letter written by Pendleton School Superintendent Kevin Headings and published on the district’s website, that employee of the Pendleton School District was thought to survive.

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