Two Miami career criminals who robbed a St. Lucie County bingo hall nearly four years ago will spend the rest of their years in prison, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
“Angel David Massas (DOB 1/24/82) and Wallace Lee Cowins (DOB 12/10/77) both received life in prison for the armed robbery June 9, 2004, of Bingo Madness, 7139 Riomar Drive, Port St. Lucie,” Sheriff Mascara said. “We’re grateful that Circuit Court Judge Gary L. Sweet gave them life terms.”
Sentencing took place Februay 29.
“Massas and Cowins used a shotgun and a semi-automatic pistol when they robbed Bingo Madness around 1 a.m. June 9, 2004,” Sheriff Mascara said. “They smashed their way into the business, terrorized the seven people inside, stole money and other items and drove off.”
Deputies arrived at the scene shortly after the robbers fled in a grey van. Deputies followed Massas and Cowins for several miles until they jumped out of their truck on the campus of Savanna Ridge Elementary School and ran into nearby woods. There, deputies arrested the two suspects, both of whom gave false names to detectives.
“Fast action by patrol and K-9 deputies and a thorough investigation by Detectives Sindi Garns-O’Brien and Forrest Terry led to life sentences handed down last Friday,” Sheriff Mascara said.