NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Friday was a pretty chaotic day at the Cannery Casino and Hotel. First, a woman crashed her RV into the building and then eight hours later, a fire broke out.
Jennifer Stitt has been identified as the 50-year-old woman who is facing charges after driving her Winnebago into the front of the Cannery Casino in North Las Vegas. Stitt was booked into the Las Vegas City Jail for attempted murder.
According to North Las Vegas Police, the act was intentional and left a 66-year-old custodian who was in the path of the vehicle critically injured. The custodian was found trapped under the RV.
Boyd Gaming Corporation released the following statement:
“We’re very concerned for the welfare of our team member. We’re in touch with the team member and his family to make sure he is getting the best of care. He is our highest concern right now.”Boyd Gaming Corporation
Police said the woman was removed from the property Thursday night for trespassing and returned just before 6 a.m. and drove through the front entrance into the casino.
“I don’t think anything’s worth damaging a building or person’s life or just whatever happened, brush it off, move on you know,” said Julie Gallardo, Aliante resident. “There’s no reason to hurt anybody else or take things to the extreme.”
A portion of the casino will remain closed while police continue to investigate.
But that wasn’t the end of the drama that occurred at the Cannery on Friday. Later in the afternoon, around 1:45 p.m., a fire broke out at the Cannery Casino and Hotel.
Boyd Gaming officials confirmed to 8 News NOW that smoke started to fill the casino prompting an evacuation. North Las Vegas Fire said patrons and staff complained of a burning smell that resembled that of when electrical equipment is on fire.
Firefighters determined the cause of the fire was a motor in the ventilation system of one of the restaurants. No guest were evacuated and no one was injured.