Five people suspected of twice targeting a bingo hall and robbing patrons and employees at gunpoint have been arrested, according to police.
In one of the robberies, a 78-year-old woman was struck several times in the head with a handgun in the parking lot of the Santa Clara Aquamaids bingo hall, according to police Lt. Kurt Clarke.
"This was a robbery crew, and they were targeting a bingo hall," Lt. Kurt Clarke said. "They worked together to rob the bingo hall employee and patrons who attended."
The robberies occurred Wednesday and Feb. 19 at the Aquamaids bingo hall, which advertises on its website payouts of more than $100,000 weekly. The 20,000 square foot facility is located at 1600 Martin Ave.
Wednesday, two robbers walked into the hall during a session of bingo. One of them was armed with a handgun and demanded money from an employee.
The worker handed over an undisclosed amount of cash to the robber, who then fled.
Officers responding to the call stopped two vehicles they said were associated to the robbery. Officers found evidence inside each vehicle linking the cars to the robbery at the bingo hall, according to police.
Officers arrested Melissa Daniels, 24 and Andre Delgado, 21 of San Jose, Brittanee Markus, 28, of Fresno and Deandrae Egu, 20, of Stockton.
Detectives later identified a fifth suspect, Christopher Jones, who was arrested Thursday. Detectives believe the same suspects are responsible for the robbery on Feb. 19 in which a woman was robbed in the parking lot and struck several times in the head. Clarke said the woman had walked out of the bingo hall with some winnings.
All five suspects were booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail on suspicion of robbery and conspiracy, according to police.
In a separate bingo robbery in December, a masked man armed with a gun walked through an open gymnasium door at Oak Grove High School in South San Jose, went straight to the cash box and made off with an undisclosed amount of money.
Proceeds from the weekly Oak Grove bingo game raise money for the school's band program. The school's band director said the robber ran off with cash in the four-digit range.
by Mark Gomez / mercurynews.com