Cash is certainly in supply during a bingo game: CBS Boston reports that there was $15,000 on hand at the church. The father-and-son robbery team came to the office and demanded that workers fill an insulated lunch bag with money. Evidently not a career criminal, he set his gun down in order to grab more money, giving one of the volunteers the opportunity to grab it.
“I just jumped up and yelled ‘Mother (expletive) you’re mine now’ and I just went to town on him and I took him out,” the volunteer recounted.
While volunteers detained him, the man tried to free himself by claiming that he had a bomb. He did not.
Normally, police advise employees not to engage in thrilling heroics with armed robbers, but that presumes that the criminals are halfway competent. The robbers were arrested, and the church bingo only made payouts to the actual winners.