Fort Mohave man accused of sex assault at casino
LAS VEGAS — An Arizona man had his initial appearance in federal court Friday on charges related to the sexual assault of a woman at a Laughlin resort and casino on the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation.
Richard Anthony Hernandez, 23, a non-Indian from Fort Mohave, is charged with one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and one count of aggravated sexual abuse, according to U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson. He was arrested Wednesday and appeared Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carl W. Hoffman, who ordered him detained pending trial.
According to the complaint, on Sept. 24, Hernandez and a woman, who is a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, entered a room at Avi Resort & Casino. As alleged, Hernandez repeatedly struck her in the face and body, and sexually assaulted her in the room.
Upon arrival, officers from the Fort Mojave Tribal Police Department noticed the room was in disarray, blood spatter on the walls and near the door, and blood on the beds. After speaking with the victim, who had numerous injuries consistent with having been assaulted, and reviewing the hotel’s surveillance footage, Hernandez was interviewed by the FBI and arrested.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 11. The maximum statutory penalty for aggravated sexual abuse is up to life imprisonment and a $250,000 fine, and the maximum statutory penalty for assault resulting in serious bodily injury is up to 10 years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.
The case is being investigated by the FBI and the Fort Mojave Tribal Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip N. Smith Jr. is prosecuting the case.