Police Chief Joe Treviño said the incident took place at a game room at 301 E. Milam St. when a lone gunman walked in shortly after midnight and demanded cash.
The man wore a gray hooded jacket and a red bandana over his face.
What helped police was the fact that the victims were able to describe the getaway vehicle as a light-colored, late-model Ford Explorer driven by a man who apparently was waiting for the robber to leave the building.
Police immediately began searching for the vehicle and eventually found it parked at a home in the 800 block of South Tyler Street.
Officers converged on the home and three suspects were arrested by Police Detective Sgt. Art Gamez and Patrolman Baldo Salazar.
Those arrested were identified as 20-year-old Richard Longoria and 21-year-old Lorenzo Perez. Officers then searched the residence and took 34-year-old Veronica Ann Wade into custody on drug possession charges.
Longoria was charged with aggravated robbery, a first degree felony.
If convicted he could be sentenced to 99 years or life in prison and fined $10,000.
Perez was charged with aggravated robbery, theft of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The felon in possession of a firearm charge is a second degree felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Theft of a firearm is a Class A misdemeanor. A conviction on that charge could land Perez in the Bee County Jail for a year and cost him a $4,000 fine.
Wade was charged with possession of a controlled substance, one-to-four grams and possession of a controlled substance, less than 28 grams.
The first charge is a third degree felony. A conviction on that charge could put her in prison for 10 years and cost her a $10,000 fine.
The second charge is a Class A misdemeanor.
Treviño said eight liner operators need to remember that it is illegal for them to pay cash to winners.
Any game room caught awarding cash to winners could end up being raided.
“We’re going to continue to enforce the law,” the chief said.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.