Behind the wheel was Brian Brandt, according to authorities, a 40-year-old man from Reno, Nev., who was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, destruction of property and possession of stolen property.
As of Thursday, he was being held at the Lyon County Detention Facility.
Brothel owner Dennis Hof told the Association Press that none of the business’s five employees, 30 female prostitutes and 10 customers inside were hurt during the crash, which occurred just after 4 a.m.
In tweets after the incident, Hof said that the women were “fine” and “pouring free cocktails.”
The driver of the truck was wearing full body armor and a mask, Hof said. Nobody at the brothel knew the man, AP reported.
“It was like a sonic boom,” Hof told News 4, describing the crash.
Hof said the truck was filled with Amazon packages.
His brothel gained widespread notoriety after it was featured in the “CatHouse” reality television show, which followed the lives of the women at Bunny Ranch.
The truck, which had a bright yellow cab, was stolen hours before the crash from a northern Nevada terminal for Central Transport, a Michigan-based trucking company, company spokesman Mickey Blashfield told the AP.
Brandt was a trucker with the company and had been fired in recent months for what Blashfield described as inappropriate behavior.
Authorities have not revealed a motive, but News 4 reported that the station received a call from a man who identified himself as Brian Brandt in early May. The man on the call was upset, the TV station reported, and claimed that 20 years ago he had a bad experience at BunnyRanch.
Hof told the station he doesn’t remember meeting Brandt, and offered his own theory.