SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Shelby County Sheriff's deputies arrested the third of three suspects in a May 14 San Augustine armed robbery in which a 29-year-old woman allegedly helped two men tie up, assault, and rob her boyfriend Thursday.
Chief Deputy Gary Cunningham with the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office said that SCSO deputies picked Justin Earl Bennett, 36, of Center on outstanding warrants on Thursday and then transported him back to the San Augustine County Jail.
Bennett is still being held in the San Augustine County Jail on two first-degree felony charges - aggravated robbery and engaging in organized criminal activity.
The other two suspects in the case were also charged with aggravated robbery and engaging in organized criminal activity. Delond E. Barnes, 44, of Center, is still being held in the San Augustine Jail. Meagan Helaine McCaa, of Tenaha, has since been released from jail.
Cunningham said that Barnes was arrested on an outstanding warrant for the robbery after the Center Police Department stopped his vehicle on June 11, and he was taken to the San Augustine County Jail.
Quoting the probable cause affidavit, Cunningham said that Barnes was the driver of a white four-door sedan that went to a San Augustine home. Two other men were allegedly in the car with him.
One suspect fled the scene when they got there, and Barnes and another man allegedly tied up the home's occupant, assaulted him and robbed him.
McCaa, the third suspect in the robbery, was arrested back in May.
According to the arrest affidavit, a SAPD officer was dispatched to a home in the 100 block of North Milan Street in the early morning hours of May 14 about a possible burglary or assault.
When the officer arrived on the scene, he talked to the alleged victim, who is a Mexican citizen.
The man told police that McCaa, his girlfriend, came to his house with two black men at about 1:30 a.m. on May 14.
McCaa knocked on the door, and when the man opened it, the two men forced their way into the house and tied his hands behind his back with zip ties. They also allegedly gagged him by shoving socks into his mouth.
At that point, the two men dragged the victim to a back room and threw him onto a bed, the affidavit stated. They then allegedly bound his legs with a belt.
The two men held knives to the alleged victim's throat and asked about his money. According to the affidavit, the alleged victim told police that one man already had a knife when they barged into the home, and the other one grabbed a knife from the kitchen on their way to the back bedroom.
Then the two suspects allegedly beat the man with a stick and took his money, the affidavit stated. The alleged victim told police he thought McCaa and the men left around 2 a.m. on the morning of May 14 after leaving him tied up in the back bedroom.
After a while, the alleged victim was able to work his hands free of the zip ties, and he removed the other items he was tied with, the affidavit stated.
The alleged victim told police that he didn't call 911 because the men took his cell phone. However, he did tell his landlord what happened, and the landlord's son called 911.
The alleged victim also told police that the men took his 54-inch Sanyo flatscreen TV, his cell phone, $2007, and his payroll check in the amount of $1,900, the affidavit stated.
Later, the alleged victim provided a photo of McCaa, and they took pictures of evidence at the scene.
The man explained to the officers that McCaa only visited him every once in a while and that she didn't live with him. According to the affidavit, he told police that someone different always drops McCaa off at his house.
A warrant was issued after the San Augustine Police Department identified McCaa later that morning