LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Lufkin Police Department have arrested the second of three suspects in a home-invasion robbery that occurred at Greenbriar Apartments back in October of 2016. During the alleged incident, a man was pistol-whipped and robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash.
The third suspect in the case is still at large.
Atiba Jermaine Nicholson Jr., 20, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a first-degree felony aggravated robbery charge, two aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges, and a state-jail felony capias pro fine theft of a firearm charge. Collectively, his bail amount has been set $200,251.
Jessica Pebsworth, a spokeswoman for the Lufkin Police Department, said that a Crime Stoppers tip led to Nicholson's arrest Wednesday afternoon.
"Someone reported seeing him sitting on the front porch of a home [on] Scarborough St.," Pebsworth said. "When officers arrived, he was no longer on the porch, but his father answered the door."
Nicholson's father told the Lufkin PD officers that his son was inside and that he would go get him. The man stayed away for a few minutes and did not return, Pebsworth said.
At that point, the Lufkin PD officers entered the home and did a room-by-room search. Nicholson was found hiding next to a refrigerator, and he was arrested at about 4:25 p.m. Wednesday.
The first suspect was arrested back in October.
Kendall Peyton Bryant, 19, of Lufkin, was booked into the Angelina County Jail on Oct. 14, 2016. He was charged first-degree aggravated robbery charge, Class A misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance between 3 and 28 grams, and two misdemeanor motion to adjudicate guilt charges. Bryant was released from the county jail on Oct. 31, 2016.
Milan "Milo" Ramon White, 20, of Lufkin, is still at large, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. White is described as 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds. Anyone with any information about his whereabouts is urged to call the Lufkin Police Department's non-emergency number 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.
The press release stated that Lufkin Police Department is also investigating a shooting that occurred at the same apartment in the Greenbriar complex the day after the home-invasion robbery. It is still unknown at this time whether the two incidents are connected.
n 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.