Illegal gambling suspect sought after Houston-area gaming room raid



A store clerk accused of possessing illegal gambling equipment is on the run, wanted in connection with a month-long undercover operation north of Houston.

Jason Dao, 24, is accused of helping run an illegal gambling parlor inside a business in the 9400 block of North Houston Rosslyn Road.

He is currently wanted by law enforcement, according to the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office.

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Roberta Davis, 42, was arrested earlier this week in connection with the same case after the constable’s office’s investigation, according to court documents.


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Suspect sought after illegal Houston-area gambling room raid


Deputies received complaints from the public about the illegal parlor in early August, court documents show.

An undercover deputy entered the parlor and played a series of video games later that month and again in mid-September. The deputy won $60 during his August trip and $25 on his second trip, according to an affidavit.


Authorities were able to secure arrest warrants for both Davis and Dao shortly after the investigation. Davis was arrested and has already bonded out while Dao is still on the run.

During a search warrant raid at the business Wednesday, deputies seized nearly 50 illegal gambling devices and more than $5,000 in illicit gambling revenue, according to the constable’s office.

Both suspects are facing up to a year in jail on a class-A misdemeanor possession of gambling equipment charge.

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