LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man accused of robbing the Jack in the Box restaurant on Denman Avenue, stealing the manager's car, and leading officers on a high-speed chase early one June morning has pleaded guilty to the crime and accepted a 20-year prison sentence.
Douglas Richard, 19, pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery and an evading arrest charge in Judge Paul White's courtroom.
According to a press release from the Lufkin Police Department released in June, the two suspects in the robbery were taken into custody at about 1:45 a.m. Thursday morning near the entrance of The Settlement on U.S. 59 South.
The two men entered the restaurant's back door at about 1:30 a.m. June 22. At the time, Richard was armed with a hand gun, the press release stated.
Richard and Edward Daniel Hernandez, 21, allegedly stole the cash drawer before they fled the scene in the manager's car. Minutes later, a Lufkin PD officer spotted the stolen car on Southwood Drive, and a high-speed chase ensued the press release stated.
The chase went from Lufkin and Diboll and back, and the suspects' car reached speeds of 90 to 100 mph.
"It ended on U.S. 59 south at the entrance to The Settlement after officers successfully spiked the vehicle's tires," the press release stated. "Officers recovered the register drawer along with the stolen vehicle."
An hour before the robbery occurred, Richard and Hernandez tried to buy food at the restaurant by walking up to the drive-through window, the press release stated. The pair left on foot after they were told the restaurant does not take "walk-up" orders.
"Hernandez told investigators Richard was getting 'driven up' and talked about 'hitting a lick' to put some money in his pocket as they walked around town before the robbery," the press release stated.
According to the press release, the Diboll Police Department, the Texas Department of Safety, and the Angelina County Sheriff's Office assisted the Lufkin Police Department during the high-speed chase.
"If you commit big-boy crime in Angelina County, be prepared to do big-boy time," said Assistant District Attorney Scott Greenbaum.
Greenbaum and Amy Greenbaum prosecuted the case.
A court date has not yet been set for Hernandez. He was indicted in the case last week.