From the NY Times:
Seven people in Flushing, Queens, were arrested in connection to underground gambling parlors in the Chinese community, the police said on Thursday.
The authorities periodically raid illegal gambling operations, which thrive throughout New York’s Chinese population. But the network of gambling parlors has come under particular scrutiny by the authorities in recent weeks since four businesses — two in Manhattan’s Chinatown and two in Flushing — were robbed by a crew of armed gunmen. The police say they suspect the robberies were the work of the same group.
All of the recent arrests occurred during a sweep of four apartments in Flushing between 7:20 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday night, officials said.
Police officials did not say what precipitated the raids. They occurred on the same day that The New York Times published a story describing the recent robberies and exploring the subculture of underground gambling in the Chinese population in New York.