LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police officer arrested three suspects for robbery and prohibited weapons charges early Thursday morning after they allegedly stole $300 cash from a vehicle parked at the McDonald's on Timberland Drive.
When the complainants followed the three suspects and called 911 while they were doing so, one of the suspects allegedly pointed what looked like a .45 caliber hand gun at them. The weapon turned out to be an Airsoft gun.
Da'Anthony Marques Hardiman, 18, Jacosky Tyree Robertson, 17, and Robert Cain Woodard, 18, all of Lufkin, are still being held in the Angelina County Jail. Each man was charged with second-degree felony robbery and Class A Misdemeanor possession of a prohibited weapon - brass knuckles.
Bail has been set at $1,500 each for the brass knuckle charge. No bail has been set for the men's robbery charges.
According to the police report, Lufkin Police officers responded to the area near East Denman Avenue and South Chestnut Drive to investigate a report of two men being chased by suspects armed with a handgun.
When the LPD officers made contact with the two men, the complainants said they had parked a 1998 Dodge pickup in the parking lot of the McDonald's restaurant on South Timberland Drive and went into the restaurant.
When they came back out, they saw three men in their truck. They yelled at them, and watched as the suspects ran from the truck.
The complainants found that the suspects had taken $300 in cash and attempted to remove speakers from the truck as well.
According to the police report, the suspects fled the restaurant in a black Jeep Cherokee. The complainants followed them in their pickup and made contact with the Lufkin Police Department. The suspects allegedly pulled up beside the complainants' vehicle and pointed a black handgun at them.
At that point, the complainants stopped following the three men. However, LPD officers located the suspects' vehicle in the 900 block of South Chestnut Drive. The air soft gun and a pair of metal knuckles were found in the vehicle, according to the police report.
"The offense of robbery applies because the suspects, in the course of committing theft, threatened or placed another in fear of imminent bodily injury or death," the police report stated.