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July 22, 2019 | 1:58pm
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Local woman arrested after early morning casino robbery

A local woman was booked into the Whatcom County Jail today charged with suspicion of robbery, burglary, making a bomb threat, reckless endangerment and child abuse/neglect.

Officials with the Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC) issued a statement today saying the woman is the only suspect in this morning’s incident at the Silver Reef Casino and Hotel involving a robbery and bomb threat. She was employed by Silver Reef Casino and Hotel at the time of this morning’s incident.

Shannon M Morris, age 31, was booked into the jail shortly before noon today. According to the initial report to 911 call-receivers, she was reported to be off-duty at the time she arrived at the casino, asked an on-duty employee to assist her in filling bags with cash and left in a black pickup. About 3am, a casino employee called What-Comm 911 to report the theft. Shortly after, Morris called What-Comm 911 to report she had been forced by a male with a gun to take the cash and the man had since left her.

Law enforcement went to a location in the 2700 block of Douglas Road where Morris was and interviewed her. The investigation involved Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Ferndale Police and Lummi Nation Police according the LIBC statement.

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Morris said the male had mentioned wanting to plant a bomb in the casino. This spurred a response from casino and hotel staff to evacuate the buildings.

Law enforcement reported locating an unspecified amount of cash in the area of Olson Road and Lampman Road after 6am. LIBC officials said in today’s statement the money taken had been located.

Guests were allowed to return to the hotel and casino buildings a short time later according to a person at the scene.

Morris had a child in her vehicle during the incident. She has no previous criminal record according to court records. According to jail records, she is being held in lieu of $14,000 bail.

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