Alto man accused of robbing store with rake refuses to come out of cell for trial

Calvin Rushing (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Calvin Rushing (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Alto man accused of robbing a convenience store with a rake as a weapon decided he's not ready for trial and will stay in jail at least another day.

Calvin Lewis Rushing, 44, was scheduled to have a non-jury trial on Monday. However, according to prosecuting attorney Layne Thompson, Rushing's attorney, John Tunnell, is now concerned that Rushing is not mentally competent to stand trial, after he refused to come out of his jail cell Monday. He will now be sent off for a mental evaluation.

Rushing was arrested in May 2012 after deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office responded to a burglar alarm at the Polk's near the Idlewood subdivision on US 69 North. When the arrived, they learned a man came into the store with a towel wrapped around his head and threatened employees using a rake-like instrument.

The suspect demanded money and ordered the employees to a back room of the store. The suspect then took cash from the register, beer and tobacco and left the store in a white Buick, according to the report.

Deputies and officers with Lufkin Police located and stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Rushing, according to the report.

No future court date for Rushing has been set.

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