CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - When officers with the Crockett Police Department went to a apartment on Lewis Circle to serve an arrest warrant on a robbery suspect Thursday, they found an AK-47 semiautomatic rifle and a stolen hand gun hidden in a couch in the living room.
In addition to the first-degree felony aggravated robbery charge, Gujuan Malik Freeman, 21, of Eunice, La., was also charged with third-degree felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and state-jail felony theft of a firearm, which are both felonies.
"We appreciate all the calls and tips from the community that led us to having PC to obtain a search warrant for the apartment," a press release from the Crockett Police Department stated. "This is an example of what we can do when we all work together to get dangerous criminals off our streets."
According to the probable cause affidavit obtained by Lt. Clayton Smith, he and other officers went to a home in the 100 block of Lewis Circle at about 9:45 p.m. Thursday to serve the aggravated robbery on Freeman. They also served as search warrant at the same time.
Freeman's aggravated robbery warrant was in connection to allegations that he took part in a home-invasion robbery that occurred on June 29.
"Over the last couple of weeks the Crockett Police Department has received numerous complaints regarding illegal activity from the tenants living in an apartment in the 100 Block of Lewis Circle," a press release stated. "Numerous citizens complained that two black male subjects later identified as Gujuan Malik Freeman 'Gee' and Demarquis Kalin Robinson 'K9' had been staying at that residence. "Complaints said that the two men were engaging in dangerous/illegal conduct and threatening to shoot people as they walked by the area."
The press release stated the Crockett Police Department had received numerous reports that the suspects often brandished an AK-47 as they stood in front of the apartment and threatened other people as they passed through that area.
In addition, numerous witnesses told Smith that they had seen two men running in and out of the apartment with guns, the affidavit stated.
"Information provided also said that the residence contained stolen weapons and possibly illegal narcotics," the press release stated.
After the search warrant was executed, the people in the home were ordered outside and told to lay face down on the ground. Once everyone was outside and on the ground, they were detained and identified.
Once Freeman was identified and read his Miranda warning, he told Smith that there was a legal AK-47 inside the apartment that belonged to his friend, the affidavit stated. He also allegedly admitted to knowing that the gun was inside the apartment.
Later, when the Crockett Police officers interviewed one of the women that had been at the apartment, she told them that Freeman and Demarquis Kalin Robinson, had been sitting in the living room when CPD officers arrived at the residence. According to the affidavit, the woman told authorities that Freeman and his friend started talking about hiding the guns.
Both men were found lying near where the two guns had been hidden in couch cushions, the affidavit stated.
Robinson was also charged with felony theft of a firearm, according to the press release.
During the search of the home, Crockett PD officers found an AK-47, loaded AK-47 magazines, a Glock magazine, a stolen Smith & Wesson 9 mm handgun, 9 mm ammunition, and digital scales. The affidavit stated that the Smith & Wesson handgun found in the couch was stolen during a burglary.
"The AK-47 was modified and will be checked to ensure that it is in compliance with the laws regarding firearms," the press release stated. "Both suspects have previous drug history and weapons charges."
Smith said that the Crockett Police Department is grateful for the assistance they got from the Houston County Sheriff's Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and Houston County EMS (Lifeguard) in executing the search warrant.
"On June 29, 2017, officers were dispatched to the 1100 Block of Martin Luther King Blvd. in reference to a home invasion and armed robbery," the press release stated. "The victim told officers that he heard a knock on his door and when he looked out through the peep hole he observed a male subject that he was familiar with."
When the victim opened his door, he was immediately "bombarded" by two men, the press release stated. One of the men was brandishing a silver and black handgun.
"The victim was held at gunpoint, while the suspects rummaged through his personal belongings," the press release stated. "One of the armed suspects then threatened to kill the victim if he did not hand over all of his money. "
At that point, the victim handed over all of his cash. According to the press release, the suspects took cash and a handgun from the victim. Later, the victim was able to identify both of the suspects, and he was able to provide them with their names and descriptions.
"It was also reported that one of the suspects later contacted the victim and asked that he drop charges and that he was sorry for what had taken place," the press release stated.
Crockett PD officers arrested Treaveon Handsborough, 26, of Crockett, on a first-degree felony aggravated robbery charge on July 6. Further investigation revealed that Freeman was the second suspect in the robbery, and he was arrested later in the evening of July 6 after the search and arrest warrants were served on the apartment in the 100 block of Lewis Circle.
In December of 2016, Freeman and two other men were arrested in connection to an armed robbery that occurred at a home in the 100 block of Aspen Street in Trinity on Dec. 14, 2016.