Placedo men indicted on aggravated robbery, assault charges

Aug. 11, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Updated Aug. 11, 2014 at 10:06 p.m.

Two Placedo men were indicted last week on charges that they robbed a game room and fired a gun at a man while doing so.

Lamont Jermaine Childs, 26, and Joshua Rene Garcia, 23, were indicted by a Victoria grand jury on three counts of aggravated robbery and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Childs' lawyer, Brent Dornburg, and Garcia's lawyer, Jerry Clark, declined to comment because they were still evaluating the cases.

Childs and Garcia were arrested after a game room in the 3100 block of East Red River Street was robbed May 18.

An officer noticed them fleeing the scene and heard the shot.

Sgt. Adam Nieto of the Victoria Police Department said the men took about $300 in cash.

No one was hurt.

A Taurus PT 38 .380 semiautomatic handgun and a baton were used in the crime, according to the indictment.

Assistant District Attorney Theresa Easley said although only one discharged the weapon, the other could be indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon because he was a willing participant in the offense.

Easley said they earned an aggravated robbery charge for each of the three victims in the robbery.

Aggravated robbery is a first-degree felony punishable by a sentence between five and 99 years or life in prison.

Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is a second-degree felony punishable by a sentence between two and 20 years in prison.

Both crimes carry a fine up to $10,000.

The men are scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 22.



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