LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - One of four suspects in an armed robbery that occurred at the Lufkin Family Dollar on Dec. 20, 2016, accepted a plea bargain deal of eight years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison Friday morning.
Arterius Griffen, 17, of Lufkin, appeared in Judge Bob Inselmann's 217th Judicial District Court Friday morning for a plea hearing. As part of the plea deal, he pleaded guilty to a first-degree felony aggravated robbery charge.
"I appreciate the assistance from the Lufkin Police Department," said Todd Dillon, an assistant prosecutor with the Angelina County District Attorney's Office.
Ronal Pernell Davis, 18, and Darion Jaquay Johnson, 18, both of Lufkin, were indicted at the same time as Griffen. Jury selection for the two men is scheduled for July 17.
Back in December of 2016, Jessica Pebsworth, a spokeswoman for the Lufkin Police Department, said the fourth suspect was arrested as well, but he or she is a minor, so no details of that person's involvement were released.
According to to investigators, three black males wearing black hoodies walked into the store in the Timberland Shopping Center around 9:49 p.m. on Dec. 20, 2016, while a fourth suspect waited outside.
The men wielded a sawed-off shotgun and robbed the cashier and a customer of an undisclosed amount of money, a news release stated. All four suspects were wearing masks and hoodies, according to the press release.
One witness saw the suspects flee on foot toward Pinedale Manor, and another reported that they saw a group matching the suspects' descriptions go into a specific apartment.
The Lufkin Police Department contacted the renter of the apartment, who was not home at the time, by phone, and got permission to go inside to look for the suspects.
"Three of the four suspects attempted to escape out of a window, but found themselves trapped by a fence that protects an air conditioning unit," the press release stated. "They were all taken into custody once the owner of the property arrived with a key."
According to the press release, LPD officers recovered the sawed-off shotgun that was allegedly used in the robbery, loose cash, rolled coins, and the suspects' masks and hoodies.