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Man allegedly steals bingo cash, punches woman

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[February 19, 2009]  SMYRNA, Del. (AP) -- Delaware State Police arrested a 27-year-old man who allegedly punched a woman while robbing a senior center on bingo night.

Police said the 27-year-old and an accomplice entered the center about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. They said the first man grabbed $1,200 in bingo money and destroyed a phone so that no one could call police.

Authorities said the man then punched a 75-year-old woman in the head after she tried to fight with him. A Newark man got involved and chased both suspects out of the center.

Police said the man then threatened the Newark man with a large stick and dropped $715 while fleeing the center.

A police officer arrested the 27-year-old man after a short chase but the accomplice remains at large.

[Associated Press]

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