Originally Published: May 7, 2013 9:55 p.m.
PRESCOTT - Patrons and staff at Bucky's Casino, Yavapai Casino and Prescott Resort were evacuated shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday due to an undetermined threat to the building.
According to Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe assistant tribal general manager Jerry Brown, the nature of that threat remains under investigation.
"A threat was received this morning at Bucky's Casino. We notified the authorites of the threat and it was investigated. Precautionary measures were taken to evacuate Bucky's Casino, Prescott Resort and Yavapai Casino for the safety of our guests, employees and the community," Brown said, reading from a prepared statement.
"Both casinos have been cleared and the operations of each facility has resumed," Brown said.
At least two men, dressed in protective gear, entered the casino just after 11 a.m., according to eyewitness accounts. One officer later walked a K-9 unit into the building. Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribal police, K-9 units, Prescott Valley police, Yavapai County Emergency Management and casino security all were present.
Lt. Ken Morley characterized the Prescott Police Department's role in the incident.
"We went up to assist. We helped form a perimeter to help people from going in," Morley said.
Security personnel admitted no one onto the premises at the front of the casino located at Prescott Resort, though employees were later allowed inside the building prior to it reopening to the public.
Attendees for a real estate professionals fashion show, located next to the casino, were allowed entry to the resort.
Prescott Valley police were on hand at the time of the incident, but were there for a different reason, according to Sgt. Brandon Bonney. Bonney said police reported to the casino regarding a missing persons case.