Alto man found guilty of robbing convenience store in 2012

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

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County found an Alto man guilty of robbing a convenience store by using a spear-like object as a weapon in May 2012 Wednesday.

Calvin Lewis Rushing, 45, appeared in Judge Barry Bryan's 217th Judicial District Court for a bench trial Wednesday and was found guilty of aggravated robbery. A punishment hearing will be scheduled after a pre-sentencing investigation is conducted.

Rushing is back in the Angelina County Jail after he was sent off for a mental health evaluation last year. Rushing had originally been scheduled to appear in front of the judge for a bench trial in April 2013, but he refused to come out of his jail cell on that day.

In a previous East Texas news story, prosecutor Layne Thompson said Rushing's defense attorney, John Tunnell expressed concern that his client was not mentally competent to stand trial.

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 Highway 69 North. When they arrived, they learned a man came into the store with a towel wrapped around his head and threatened employees using a spear-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.

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