LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Angelina County Sheriff's deputies booked a 30-year-old Lufkin man Thursday for allegedly robbing the Polk Pick-it-up Store located at 3644 U.S. Highway 69 North on Dec. 9, 2011 after he turned himself into authorities.
Antonio Demetres Bailey was charged with aggravated robbery, which is a first-degree felony, and is still being held in the Angelina County Jail. His bond has been set at $100,000.
The man authorities originally believed committed the robbery, Semion Williams, admitted in court that he took part in the robbery, but was not the person who actually went back into the store and displayed the gun. He told authorities that he was the person that came into the store 33 minutes before the robbery, and that Bailey was the one who went back into the store and committed the robbery.
"Pictures from the surveillance video during the robbery were compared to Antonio Bailey, and it was confirmed that he was the person who came back into the store and committed the robbery," the affidavit stated.
Sgt. Mike Jones, an investigator with the ACSO, and a Texas Ranger both attempted to locate Bailey to bring him in for questioning. They learned that he had been living in the San Antonio area. Bailey, who eventually contacted the Ranger by telephone, initially refused to come to the Angelina County Sheriff's Office. However, he eventually did come speak to the law enforcement officers.
On Dec. 9, 2011, a black man wearing an Aeropostial hoodie, a black toboggan, and sunglasses came into the Polk store and put a piece of candy on the counter like he was about to pay for it. When the clerk opened the cash register, the man pulled out a black gun, laid it on the counter, and demanded that the clerk give him the money from the cash register.
However, the clerk simply closed the cash register. Then the suspect grabbed the gun and the candy and fled the scene.
Authorities obtained the video from the Polk Pick-it-up store. When they watched the video, they determined that Semion Williams came into the store 33 minutes before the robbery and was wearing the same Aeropostial hoodie the suspect was wearing when the robbery was committed.
The video also showed that when Williams entered the store before the robbery, he was a passenger in the same blue truck that dropped off the suspect in the robbery.