According to Huntsville Police Chief Kevin Lunsford, during the afternoon of Wednesday, February 27, officers with the Huntsville Police Department responded to the scene of an Aggravated Robbery on Montgomery Road. During the investigation, officers determined that two black male suspects armed with handguns entered a residence by force.
The suspects encountered the resident of the home and a struggle ensued. During the struggle, one of the suspects fired his weapon, narrowly missing the resident. At that point, the resident surrendered and told the suspects to take whatever they wanted. The suspects tied the resident’s hands behind his back and covered his head with a pillowcase. The suspects demanded money from the resident and began beating him. During this time, a third suspect entered the residence and the suspects began searching the residence, looking for items to steal. While searching the residence, the suspects repeatedly threatened to shoot the resident. The suspects took a number of items including electronics, money and firearms and fled the scene. The resident was able to get up, remove the pillow case from his head, leave the residence, and flag down a passersby in an effort to get help.
Huntsville Police Department investigators quickly responded to the scene to search for evidence and interview any possible witnesses. It was soon determined that this robbery was similar to other robberies that had occurred in Walker County, which were being investigated by the Walker County Sheriff’s Department. Investigators with both agencies worked closely together to conduct a joint investigation of the robberies. Investigators were able to piece together evidence from the robberies to develop four suspects. As a result of the work by detectives from both agencies, four arrest warrants were obtained for those taking part in the Huntsville case.
Darrick E. Ross, Rendrick L. Taylor, and Vashaun X. Scott were all arrested on the charge of Aggravated Robbery. Aggravated Robbery is a felony of the first degree and carries a possible sentence of 5 years to 99 years in prison and up to a $10000 fine. Kristy L. Schmidt was arrested on the charge of Theft of Property (value between $500 and $1500). The theft charge is a misdemeanor A, due to the dollar amount, and carries a fine up to $4000, a sentence in county jail of up to 1 year or a combination of both fine and jail sentence. All four arrestees reside in Houston, TX. As of this time, all four suspects are currently in the Walker County Jail.
Chief Lunsford wishes to thank his investigators as well as those from the Sheriff’s Office for all of the hard work and long hours that were dedicated to this case. He said, "We are so fortunate to have such a good relationship with our counterparts at the Walker County Sheriff’s Department. Without the mutual assistance from both agencies it would have been very difficult, at best, to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion.” Additionally, both agencies received assistance from the Houston Police Department, the Harris Co. Sheriff’s Office, and the Gulf Coast Violent Offender’s Task Force.