Barona Casino Robbery Suspects Plead Not Guilty

Suspects in connection with multiple robberies plead not guilty

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    Barona Casino was robbed of $3,000 on Nov. 9.

    The two men arrested for potentially robbing Barona Casino plead not guilty during an arraignment Monday afternoon.

    On Nov. 9, four men armed with guns robbed Barona Casino. They targeted a large glass display filled with money. About $3,000 was taken.

    Barona Casino Robbed

    [DGO] Barona Casino Robbed
    Four men, armed with guns, robbed Barona Casino early Wednesday. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011)

    Robert Chavira and Ryan Alan McKnight were arrested one day after the robbery occurred.

    The pair is suspect to a series of robberies throughout October and November, including a Fashion Valley jewelry store theft.

    Barona Casino Robbed, GoldenTicket Giveaway Targeted

    [DGO] Barona Casino Robbed, GoldenTicket Giveaway Targeted
    Barona Casino Resort General Manager Rick Salinas updates Kelly McPherson on the robbery inside the casino early Wednesday, Nov. 9. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011)

    Chavira and McKnight have been charged with two counts of robbery with a gun and one count of arson.

    The preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 23.