LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Two of the three suspects in a home invasion robbery that occurred at Lufkin's Greenbriar Apartments Wednesday night are still at large, and the Lufkin Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding them.
One of suspects was arrested and booked into the Angelina County Jail Friday morning. Kendall Peyton Bryant, 19, of Lufkin, was charged with first-degree felony aggravated robbery and Class A misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance less than 28 grams (Penalty Group 3).
Although Bryant's bail has been set at $1,000 for the possession of a controlled substance charge, no bail has been set for his aggravated robbery charge.
"Warrants have been issued for the arrests of Atiba Jermaine Nicholson Jr., 19, and Milan 'Milo' Ramon White, 20, for an incident at Greenbriar Apartment No. 523 in which a man was pistol-whipped and robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash," said a press release from the Lufkin Police Department. "The man identified Nicholson and White, along with a third suspect, Kendall Bryant, 19, of Lufkin."
White is described as 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds, and Nicholson is 5-foot-5 115 pounds. Anyone with information about their whereabouts is urged to call the Lufkin Police Department's non-emergency number at (936) 633-0356. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS.
According to the press release, the victim told police that he was at his friend's apartment when the robbery occurred. When he opened the door, the three suspects allegedly forced their way inside the apartment. The victim said that Bryant was armed with what appeared to be a Glock 19 with a 30-round magazine, and Nicholson had a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol that belonged to White, the arrest affidavit stated.
The suspects demanded money, and when the victim refused, they pushed him down and punched him, the affidavit stated. One of them allegedly him with his gun.
During the struggle, the men managed to get the victim's wallet out of his back pocket, the press released stated. At that point, they fled the scene in a light-blue Jaguar with the victim's wallet and backpack.
"An investigation is underway into a Thursday night shooting outside the same apartment, but it is unknown at this time if the two incidents are connected," the press release stated.
In the incident that occurred Thursday night, John Richard, 22, of Lufkin, walked up to see two men in ski masks and hoodies on the doorstep of the same apartment in the Greenbriar complex, the press release stated. Richard told police that he uttered an expletive when he realized what the men were doing. After a struggle ensued, he was able to break free.
Richard told police that as he was running away, one of the men shot him, the press release stated. He suffered a superficial wound to his back, and his girlfriend took him to Woodland Heights Medical Center.
After Richard was treated and released, he was taken into custody on an unrelated warrant for no driver's license.
"It appears the man was just in the wrong place at the wrong time," said Jessica Pebsworth, a spokeswoman for the Lufkin Police Department. "He had loaned one of the men who lived in [the apartment] some money and was holding onto that individual's laptop until the money was repaid. He intended to collect money from the man and return the laptop."
Back in March of 2015, Nicholson and White were among the four men who used a cinderblock to beat a rival gang member at the Trail Apartments on Crooked Creek and then put a gun to his head.
Nicholson pleaded guilty to two aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges and an unrelated theft of a firearm charge. He was sentenced to six months in a state jail for the theft of a firearm charge, and he has since been released from the state-jail facility.
At the time of the alleged home invasion robbery, Nicholson was serving out a five-year probation term for the two aggravated assault charges.
White pleaded guilty to two aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges and a deadly conduct - discharge of a firearm charge and was sentenced to shock probation on March 31. He has since been released from jail, and was also on probation when the alleged robbery occurred.