Pearson and Ochoa then fired several rounds, threatened employees and demanded money before escaping with $650,000. According to the FBI, Pearson and Ochoa crossed State Route ‘87 and got into a waiting vehicle.
No injuries were reported at the time of the incident.
After the robbery, FBI officials released security footage, seeking help from the public to identify the suspects and offering up to $5,000 as a reward for information.
Following their arrest in Payson, FBI agents revealed that Pearson had confessed to robbing the casino with Ochoa. The pair now face charges of robbery and the use of a weapon in a crime of violence.
Meanwhile, investigators have since recovered around $480,000 of the stolen money, though it’s unknown what happened to the rest.