Judge grants shock probation for Diboll robber

William Toburen mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
William Toburen mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A judge has granted shock probation to a Diboll man convicted in a pair of botched robberies in February 2010.

William Grant Toburen, 23, has been serving in state prison since December 2010, on a 10-year prison sentence.

The judge granted the probation and is having Toburen spend at least six months in a drub rehabilitation facility.

According to a previous report, Toburen and three others approached a man in a parking lot of Deer Cross Apartments on the 3000 block of South First Street. The victim was sitting in his vehicle when the four approached him and asked him for drugs. The victim told the suspects he did not know what they were talking about.

The suspects then pointed a pistol at him and asked him if he had ever been robbed. The report stated the victim fled the area in his vehicle and the suspects followed him until they reached the 100 block of North Medford Drive.

Later, the report states four suspects who matched the descriptions of the attempted robbery then attempted to rob Polk's Pick It Up on the 900 block of Medford Drive.

According to the report, the suspects, wearing ski masks, pointed a pistol at a store employee, removed money from a cash register and fled the area.

A Lufkin Police officer stopped the suspects' vehicle near the store. They were possessing cash, pistol and ski masks, the report stated.

The suspects, Brian Wayne Rice, William Toburen, Justin Ryan Thompson, Ronald Mack Fuentes, Jr., all from Lufkin, were arrested and booked in the Angelina County Jail.

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