Two men who robbed a Southeast Austin game room with a pellet gun Friday were thwarted by Austin police officers who were there to execute a search warrant, police said.
Dennis Desdunes, 25, and Terry Shaw, 32, have been charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony. They remain in custody at the Travis County Jail with bail set at $35,000 each.
According to their arrest affidavits, Shaw and Desdunes entered a game room in the 3000 block of Montopolis Drive on Friday afternoon. They confronted an employee there, and Shaw pointed a gun at her — it was later revealed to be a realistic-looking BB gun — and stole money out of her work apron while Desdunes blocked her path, the affidavits said.
But as the two tried to leave, they were stopped by officers who had entered the game room with a search warrant. The facility, which police called a game room without further explanation, is under investigation for possible illegal activities, Cpl. Scott Perry said.
When officers entered the building and detained several customers and employees, witnesses told them that Shaw and Desdunes — among those detained — had just robbed it.
"It's very unusual," Perry said. "The officers were in the right place at the right time."
No one at the game room has been arrested or charged as a result of the search warrant, and the game room is no longer open, Perry said. Details of its activities have not been released because of the investigation, he said. Source: Austin American Statesman
I have a sneaking suspicion that this "game room" was an illegal 8-liner gambling operation. These types of businesses often get targeted by robbers because they have cash on hand and may be less likely to report being victimized to the police than a legitimate business.