Detroy Denzel Washington

Detroy Denzel Washington

A Houston man will serve 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to robbing an employee of a Victoria automobile dealership.

Detroy Denzel Washington, 22, pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony robbery charge, said Assistant District Attorney Jordan Fries, who prosecuted the case.

Washington, who faced between two and 20 years in prison as well as up to a $10,000 fine, chose to plead guilty Monday and be sentenced by District Judge Eli Garza.

No fine was assessed.

Washington’s attorney, David Disher, could not be reached for comment.

On Dec. 21, 2017, Washington and Alvin Owens, a 24-year-old Houston resident, followed a Toyota of Victoria employee after she visited a bank to deposit money, Fries said.

In the dealership’s parking lot, Washington grabbed a cash bag that contained about $780 from the woman, he said.

The two men then led authorities on a chase through Jackson County that reached 150 mph at times, endangering numerous drivers, Fries said.

After Washington and Owens lost pursuing officers, authorities searched for hours for the men, finding them inside a farmhouse with the use of a thermal imaging drone.

“It was a simple robbery that escalated quickly,” Fries said.

Trial is pending for Owens.

Jon Wilcox reports on courts for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached jwilcox@vicad.com or 361-580-6515.

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Jon covers crime, public safety and the courts at the Victoria Advocate. Born in Huntsville, Ala., he grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at Texas State University.

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