Sex Worker ‘Tiara Tae’ Arrested after Shooting & Standoff at Nevada Moonlite Bunny Ranch Brothel

Nevada Woman Savannah Henderson, also known as ‘Tiara Tae,’ 28, is in the Lyon County, Nevada jail, after a shooting and standoff with law enforcement at her job at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, a famous legal brothel located on Highway 50 in Mound House, Nevada, close to the capital Carson City.

According to the incident report, the shooting was reported around 9:37 p.m. when the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center received a call from the ranch about gunshots fired due to a dispute between two workers. When officers arrived at the scene, it was determined that one of the employees had fired a gun several times and then retreated into a room, resulting in an hours-long standoff with law enforcement.

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Arriving deputies reported hearing several more gunshots and began evacuating the brothel while Henderson retreated into a room and barricaded herself in, Lyon County Sheriff Brad Pope said.

According to the sheriff’s office, how many people were inside the brothel when the shooting started is unknown.

Pope said Lyon County sheriff’s crisis negotiators were joined at the scene by Nevada State Police, sheriff’s deputies and police from Carson City and the Washoe Tribal Police Department, and firefighters and paramedics from regional agencies.

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No one was injured, and Lyon County Sheriff Brad Pope said there was no threat to the public following the arrest of Henderson by sheriff’s SWAT officers and first responders from several other agencies. Henderson surrendered around 12:33 a.m. and was taken into custody, and no one was injured, Pope said.


Henderson, who also uses Tiara Tae, was held Tuesday at the Lyon County Jail on more than $86,000 bail pending an initial court appearance.

She is facing four felony counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, one felony count of possessing a controlled substance, one gross misdemeanor count of discharging a firearm, and one count of obstructing/resisting a peace officer.

Nevada has about 20 legal brothels in several rural counties. Prostitution is not legal in the state’s two most populous counties, Clark and Washoe, or in the cities of Las Vegas and Reno.

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The Moonlite Bunny Ranch is in Mound House, Nevada, about six miles east of Carson City, and first opened in 1955. It was previously owned by the flamboyant Dennis Hof, who passed away in 2018, and was featured in the HBO series “Cathouse: The Series,” which aired in 2005 and 2007.

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