Man shot at casino; suspects fled onto frozen Mille Lacs


Two Onamia residents are being held in the Mille Lacs County Jail Friday, following a drive-by shooting Thursday, Jan. 31 in the parking lot of Grand Casino Mille Lacs in Onamia.

Suspects Marissa Clare Sam, 21, and  Quentin Garbow, 23, were taken into custody at separate locations after a search involving 13 law enforcement agencies. The victim, 19-year-old Dale Clinton White Jr. of Isle, was grazed by a bullet. He


suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from Mille Lacs Health Systems Hospital in Onamia, according to Mille Lacs County Sheriff Brent Lindgren. He was originally located in a fifth-floor room of the Grand Casino hotel following the shooting.

The incident unfolded at about 4 p.m. January 31 when the Mille Lacs County dispatch center received a 911 call alerting authorities of the shooting in the parking lot in front of the casino, Lindgren said.

Mille Lacs Tribal Police were the first on the scene and secured the parking lot. They recovered shell casings from the scene, Lindgren said.

Using casino surveillance video, authorities determined that the suspects fled in a pickup truck. A truck matching the description of the suspects’ vehicle was spotted a short time later by Crow Wing County deputies at the SuperAmerica station in Garrison, Lindgren said.

Gas station surveillance video indicated a male and a female suspect. A Crow Wing County deputy attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, which then fled onto the ice of Mille Lacs Lake in a southeast direction. The deputy was unable to pursue the truck onto the ice.

At this time, a perimeter of Lake Mille Lacs was set up utilizing the Isle, Onamia, Mille Lacs Tribal and Baxter police departments; the Crow Wing, Mille Lacs, and Aitkin sheriff’s departments; the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Mille Lacs Tribal Department of Natural Resources; the Minnesota State Patrol and agents from the North Central Drug Task Force, Lindgren said. The DNR and State Patrol covered exits off the lake with air support while resort owners monitored their roads for the suspect vehicle, he said.

The vehicle was found abandoned along the shoreline near Rainbow Island in Vineland Bay by Mille Lacs Tribal DNR agents on snowmobile patrol. Yazz, the Mille Lacs County canine, tracked two suspect footprints to Migizi Drive where there was evidence of a second vehicle involved in picking up Sam and Garbow, Lindgren said.

Officers were able to identify a person of interest in connection with the shooting and subsequent fleeing onto the lake. North Central Drug Task Force agents initiated a traffic stop of a Ford Bronco with four occupants that left a residence that had been under surveillance, Lindgren said. Marissa Sam was an occupant of the vehicle, he said. The Crow Wing County deputy later confirmed that Sam was a passenger in the pickup identified in Garrison.

The Bronco’s tire impressions appeared to match the impressions on Migizi Drive. The shoes she was wearing appeared to match the Migizi Drive shoe prints, as well, Lindgren said. Sam was taken into custody.

Further investigation suggested that Garbow was at 43785 Oodena Dr. Officers established a perimeter of that residence and called him out. Garbow came out of the residence without incident and was taken into custody, Lindgren said.

A search of the Oodena Drive residence uncovered a loaded pistol with ballistic tip rounds. Officers later executed a search warrant at Garbow’s home at 16740 Ataage Drive and recovered 9mm, 22mm, and 38mm ammunition rounds, Lindgren said.

Garbow and Sam are being held in Mille Lacs County Jail pending the filing of charges in Mille Lacs District Court.