Alto man gets 50 years in prison for robbing convenience store with spear-like object

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

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County judge sentenced a 45-year-old Alto man to 50 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison Monday morning for robbing a Polk's convenience store on U.S. 69 with a spear-like object in May 2012.

Calvin Lewis Rushing appeared in Judge Barry Bryan's 217th Judicial District Court for a sentencing hearing Monday morning. He was found guilty of aggravated robbery during a bench trial back in March.

Layne Thompson, a prosecuting attorney for Angelina County's District Attorney's Office said Rushing had five previous aggravated robbery convictions on his record.

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.

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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