Man dies in bingo mugging
3 women sought by police
Saturday April 8, 2006
By KIM BRADLEY
An elderly man died last night after being ambushed for his winnings outside a North York bingo hall by three women.
Police were called to Bingo Country on Finch Avenue just east of Milvan Drive around 11 p.m. after witnesses reported seeing the senior being robbed and beaten outside by three women. Initially, the man -- who was robbed of his $1,000 bingo winnings -- told officers he felt fine. He even refused to be taken to hospital to receive treatment for minor cuts and bruises, police said.
While he was being questioned, the man began complaining of chest pain and told officer he had a pre-existing heart condition.
An ambulance was called and the man was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead before 1 a.m.
Homicide officers were called to the scene early today as police said the assault may have been connected to a the man's heart condition. An autopsy will be performed. The victim's name and age were not released.
Early this morning, police shut down the bingo hall for more than an hour and only let the dozens of players leave after they gave police their names and addresses.
"This place should be closed up," said one elderly woman after she was allowed to leave the bingo hall. "It's been bad for a while."
The women were described as between 25 and 27 years old. Two were described as being more than 250 pounds and the other was 150 pounds with long dark hair.