The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, owns and operates the Gun Lake Casino in Wayland, Michigan. Photo: Gun Lake Casino
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Gun Lake Tribe arrests suspect accused of attacking patrons in casino lot



A Michigan man is in federal custody after allegedly attacking two patrons at the casino owned by the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians.

Gerald Kai Mitchell, 25, faces one charge of robbery according to a criminal complaint. He allegedly tried to steal the purses of two women in the casino parking lot in the early morning hours of October 3.

But the women fought back. One of them was identified in an affidavit as K.R., a citizen of the Sault Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

"K.R. started to fight back, scratching and punching him and kicking him in the groin area," an agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation wrote in the affidavit.

Although she was thrown to the ground during the scuffle, K.R. refused to let go of her purse so Mitchell attacked the second woman, identified as S.W. She tried to fight him off too, according to the affidavit, but he was able to make off with her purse.

K.R. got up and chased after Mitchell, who ran into a wooded area near the casino, the FBI agent said. He ended up dropping S.W.'s purse and was apprehended by tribal police.

After being transferred from the jail in Allegan County into federal custody, Mitchell made his initial appearance on Wednesday. He has not yet entered a plea to the charge, according to court records.

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