Minnesota’s Mystic Lake Casino Security Guards Assaulted, Suspect Charged

Posted on: August 25, 2022, 08:24h. 

Last updated on: August 25, 2022, 03:33h.

Bail was set this week for a man who allegedly assaulted two casino security guards with pieces of lumber. The incident happened at Minnesota’s Mystic Lake Casino Hotel.

Minnesota’s Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
Minnesota’s Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, pictured above. Two security guards were assaulted at the venue. (Image: URComped.com)

Trevor Edward Will, 49, of Lake Eagle, Minn., was charged with two counts of second-degree assault in connection with the hotel lobby incident.

He was released from the Scott County Jail last week after appearing in district court. If convicted, Will could face up to 14 years in prison and $28K in fines, KSTP, a local TV station, reported.

The casino is located in Prior Lake, Minn., 25 miles south of Minneapolis. The venue is owned and operated by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

Incident Details

Will was seen on surveillance footage entering the casino from a nearby RV park with two two-by-four pieces of wood, according to police reports. He demanded to speak with security and allegedly said he was “fed up with the system.”

Once the security supervisor approached Will, he began allegedly threatening her with one piece of wood. He then began swinging at other staff. Will allegedly struck one staff member in the face with the lumber several times. The guard suffered a bruise above his left eye. A second guard was struck in the stomach with the lumber as well, according to police. Neither guard was seriously injured.

Eventually, the guards restrained Will until police arrived. Officers responded to the crime scene at 11:44 pm on Aug. 12.

Minn. Sports Betting Bill Fails

In May, an effort to bring sports betting to Minnesota again failed. That was after state lawmakers couldn’t agree on specifics to expand gambling.

Gambling in Minnesota is limited to the state-run lottery and tribal casinos. Lawmakers in the state Senate and House of Representatives were in unison that Minnesota should join the more than 30 other states in authorizing legal, regulated gambling on sports. But chamber leaders differed on certain conditions.

Unfortunately, there were too many differences between legislation proposed in the House and Senate.

The Senate and House sports betting bills that gained favor in their respective chambers sought to allow the gaming tribes to bring sports betting to their casinos. The proposed statutes also would have allowed the tribes to partner with third-party online sportsbook providers to take bets remotely across the state.

But the bills differed from the Senate’s wishes to allow Canterbury Park and Running Aces — the state’s two horse racetracks — to incorporate on-site sports betting and run an online skin. The potential expansion of commercial gaming was a dealbreaker for the House, which faced much pressure from the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association (MIGA).