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Sheriff's deputies, U.S. marshals, nab 2nd suspect in Crockett robbery

James Mitchell (Source Texas DPS) James Mitchell (Source Texas DPS)
Darrell Horace (Source: Houston County Jail) Darrell Horace (Source: Houston County Jail)
Source: Crockett Police Department Source: Crockett Police Department

Officers with the Crockett Police Department have arrested the second of two suspects in an armed robbery that occurred at the town’s Brookshire Brothers store on Dec. 12, 2016.

James Anthony Mitchell, 28, was arrested Wednesday, and he was charged with three felonies – aggravated robbery, arson, and theft. Lt. Clayton Smith, a spokesman for the Crockett Police Department, said the Houston County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service tracked Mitchell down in the county Wednesday.

At the time of Mitchell’s arrest, he was considered armed and dangerous.

Smith said the arson and theft charges are for another case that is pending against Mitchell. He is also a registered sex offender. He was convicted of sexual assault of a child in May 2011.

Officers with the Crockett Police Department gathered enough evidence to obtain arrest warrants for the arson and theft charges. CPD officers, HCSO deputies, and Texas Department of Criminal Justice tracking dogs and their handlers went to Mitchell’s home in the 500 block of State Highway 19 in Dec. 20 and found that he had been taken to an apartment complex about an hour and a half before officers arrived at his home.

The officers on the scene spoke to a witness who told them that although she didn’t know anything about the Brookshire Brothers robbery, she did know about the GMC Acadia that was stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Charles Street on Dec. 20.

According to the arrest affidavit, Mitchell is accused of taking $250 from a man he described as “the boss,” stealing the SUV from the home on Charles Street, dousing it with gasoline, and setting it on fire.

Darrell Horace, the first suspect in the Brookshire Brothers robbery, was arrested on Dec. 20 and charged with aggravated robbery. 

Chief David Cross with the Crockett Police Department told the East Texas News that Horace, 23, and another man, who was later identified as Mitchell, went into the Brookshire Brothers in Crockett and held two employees at gunpoint before they left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.

"The suspects were in the store for a short time casing the store out before approaching the cashier and holding her at gunpoint," Lt. Clayton Smith said in the original press release. "The suspects escorted the cashier to the office where another employee noticed that the suspects were holding a gun to her head. At that time the office staff opened the door and allowed the suspects inside the office.”

At that point, the two suspects ordered the two employees to the floor at gunpoint and made threats to kill them, the original press release stated. Once the money was gathered into a bag, the two men walked out the front of the store and headed toward Third Street.

“One of [the clerks] was shook up real bad which is understandable," Cross said. "The other did a little better. Money can be replaced. The lives are the most important thing. We try to teach them to cooperate, let them get the money and get out of there and we'll pick it up from there."

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