Nacogdoches man pleads to 16 years in hat robbery

Fredrick Johnson mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.
Fredrick Johnson mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches man who was one of three accused of robbing a hat salesman in May has pleaded guilty to the crime.

Fredrick O'Keith Johnson, 22, agreed to serve 16 years in prison on a charge of aggravated robbery in District Judge Campbell Cox's courtroom.

According to a previous report, Johnson and two other men approached a man selling hats out of the trunk of his car on the 200 block of Stone Street at 4:35 p.m., acting like they were going to buy a hat. Two of the men then pulled out shotguns and took all of the hats, according to the report. All three ran away and the victim chased him in his car.

One of the suspects fired his shotgun at the victim, striking the car. The suspects then fled the scene in a vehicle down the street.

Police arrested Johnson at a residence in the 1600 block of Virginia Avenue on Wednesday. According to the report, officers were dispatched there in reference to a disturbance and they arrested him on an outstanding Nacogdoches Municipal Court warrant for assault by threat.

A short time later, police identified him as a suspect in the robbery, according to the report.

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