LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Lufkin Police department arrested a 20-year-old man Wednesday in connection to allegations that he pulled a gun on a young man at a basketball court and stole his $200 Nike shoes in July of 2014.
Marquez Deonte Thomas, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a first-degree felony aggravated robbery charge and a Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana less than two ounces charge. His bail has been set at $1,500 for the possession charge.
According to the arrest affidavit, an LPD officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of Sayers Street on July 20, 2014 to take a robbery report from the-19-year-old victim and his mother.
The victim told the officer that he was at the Kiwanis Park playing basketball when Thomas approached him and told him that he thought he was being watched by undercover police officers.
Thomas allegedly told the teen that he had a pistol that had been used in a shooting, and he wanted the victim to hold it for him.
The young man told the LPD officer he walked away with Thomas after the basketball game. According to the affidavit, the two young men were on Armory Street behind the armory building when Thomas pulled a green and black hand gun from his backpack and pointed it at the victim' stomach.
At that point, Thomas allegedly told the victim to take off his shoes. The victim did so, and handed him the pair of Nike Yeezey Foamposites valued at $200.
The victim later told an LPD detective in an August 12, 2014 interview that Thomas showed him the pistol before the basketball game. He also told the detective that the Thomas told him that the gun had been used in a shooting that occurred on Eleanor Street a few weeks before the basketball game the affidavit stated.
In addition, the victim told the LPD detective that Thomas is a known member of the Savages, a local gang, according to the affidavit. The victim said even though he is not friends with Thomas, he knows him by sight and positively identified him in a photo.
During the interview, the victim told the detective that because he knew the gun was real, he didn't argue with Thomas' order for him to hand over his shoes, the affidavit stated. He told the detective that after he took his shoes off, Thomas put them in his backpack and walked away.