February 22, 2017
SAN ANGELO — A 32-year-old San Angelo man who was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant, accused of engaging in organized crime, was arrested during a traffic stop early Monday, according to a news release from the San Angelo Police Department.
Robert William Pierson Jr. was identified as a passenger during a 3 a.m. traffic stop at North Main and Preusser streets. He was taken into custody and booked into the Tom Green County Jail without incident, according to the release.
Pierson — along with Tera Rockay Chaplin, 46, and James Chaplin, 60 — were indicted by a grand jury this month in relation to a 2016 investigation of illegal gambling activity at Chadbourne Gold, 2821 N. Chadbourne St., a gaming spot. Tera Chaplin and James Chaplin were also arrested Monday by Tom Green County Sheriff’s deputies in an unrelated incident, according to the release.
On Oct. 13, members of SAPD’s Street Crimes Division, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office executed an evidentiary search warrant at Chadbourne Gold at the direction of State District Judge Ben Woodward. During the search, investigators seized numerous items consistent with Texas Penal Code Sections 47.03 Gambling Promotion, Section 47.04 Keeping a Gambling Place, Section 47.06 Possession of Gambling Devices, Equipment, or Paraphernalia, and Section 71.02 Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, according to the release.
Area law enforcement officials will continue their investigation of local establishments and business operators who furnish and maintain sweepstakes and gambling machines because such establishments can serve as a breeding ground for further criminal activity, such as robbery, drug use or trafficking, violent crimes and other felonious offenses, according to the release.
Chadbourne Gold was one of the 23 gaming spots within Tom Green County that received cease-and-desist notices issued in August 2016.