County Attorney Sues David J. Hester & His "Illegal Game Room"
Saying that owner David J. Hester is operating an illegal game room at 7304 East Freeway in Baytown, Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan has filed a lawsuit asking for a temporary injunction to shut down this "common nuisance."
According to the lawsuit, "Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia's office has conducted several gambling investigations, seized gevidence at this unlawful establishment and made arrests of individuals for possession of gambling devices/equipment numerous times since April 2009."
In addition, Ryan said that on August 5, a uniformed security guard was killed there during a robbery.
Some examples from the lawsuit:
On May 7, 2009, officer seized 59 gambling devices, cash, a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun, .40 caliber bullets, 7 video surveillance cameras, computers, cash and other evidence. 3 persons were charged with Possession of Gambling Devices and 1 person was also charged with Keeping a Gambling Place.
September 29, 2011, officers seized 72 gambling devices, cash and other evidence. 2 individuals were charged with Possession of Gambling Devices/Equipment.
March 27, 2012 officers executed a search warrant and seized 68 gamblind devices, cash and other evidence. 2 individuals were charged with Possession of Gambling Devices.
August 5, 2012 officers seized 67 gambling devices, cash and other evidence.
Ryan points to all these examples as proof that Hester knows exactly what is going on at his property and allows it.
Helps to have good night vision in a place like this
Photo courtesy Harris County Attorney's Office
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