Woman Burns American Flag In Casino, Deputies Say

Margaret Barrios

A Lemoore woman is behind bars facing arson charges after authorities say she burned an American flag inside a casino.

Shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday, the Kings County Sheriff's Office received a call about a possible arson at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore.

When they got there, deputies investigated and determined that 34-year-old Margaret Barrios lit an American flag on fire near the gift shop on the main floor of the casino, Assistant Sheriff Dave Putnam said.

Barrios was arrested at her home and booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of arson of an inhabited structure. Her bail was set at $250,000.

Damage to the casino is estimated at $500, Putnam said.