WATCH: Armed robbery suspect at Wildhorse Casino identified, may have alluded to attack in cryptic YouTube post
PENDLETON, Ore. — The identity of a man who allegedly robbed cashiers at the Wildhorse Resort and Casino at gunpoint was confirmed as 51-year-old Javier Francisco Vigil.
KAPP-KVEW independently confirmed the suspect’s identity with family members who say he struggled with mental health problems for years.
Umatilla County jail records also show that Javier Vigil, who was arrested at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Pendleton on August 17, remains in custody. He was brought to the hospital for emergency evaluation after an exchange of gunfire with Umatilla Tribal police officers at the casino’s entrance.
In an official statement, representatives of Wildhorse Resort & Casino confirmed that one bystander was injured during the shooting. The Pendleton School District later confirmed that the victim was one of their staff members.
Vigil is being charged with one count of Robbery in the first degree, one count of Discharging a Weapon in a prohibited area, and one count of Assault in the second degree.
KAPP-KVEW spoke with a witness to the incident named Shalaya Williams. She offered the following description of her experience through the altercation:
“He was probably like, five feet from me around that corner. I looked around that corner, and I see the gun in his holster. He was yelling at the cashiers. He was saying, ‘you know who the f*** I am?'”
A comprehensive report including an interview with the suspect’s family members is coming to KAPP-KVEW Local News at 5 and 6 p.m. PST on Friday, Aug. 19. Tune in and check back with YakTriNews.com later this evening for developments.
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