Three held in poker-room robbery

Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR – Two men are in custody and await charges in connection with a brazen armed robbery at a charity poker game.

Police Chief Mary Sclabassi said two of the suspects allegedly robbed the Momo’s Charitable Poker Room about 1 a.m. April 1. According to police reports, the men had been playing at a poker table earlier in the evening and returned after midnight wearing masks and brandishing handguns.

“They demanded that everyone get on the floor and proceeded to rob the group,” Sclabassi said.

The suspects took the charity’s cash drawer and also took cash from the players.

Investigators “worked around the clock,” Sclabassi said, and arrested the two men the morning of April 2 in Dearborn Heights, along with a third suspect believed to have been involved “after the fact.”

Sclabassi said a warrant was expected today with charges including armed robbery pending. The men remained in custody pending arraignment.

The charity poker room, in the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 123 hall, 5841 Telegraph Road, operates tournaments to benefit nonprofit groups including the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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