Two defendants in federal case involving thefts from ATMs in Texarkana, region
TEXARKANA, Texas – Several defendants are indicted in a federal criminal case charging them with conspiracy to commit bank robbery.
An indictment filed in August in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas remains under seal, likely because only two of at least seven defendants have appeared in court for indictment. One of two men who appeared in court, Corde DeAndre St. Jules, 19, has been in Bowie County Jail since his arrest for stealing money from an ATM in Wake Village in February.
The record in the federal case shows St. Jules is the seventh defendant on the indictment while Teddrick Trayvon Solomon, 25, is listed as the number one defendant. At least five others have not appeared on the indictment which remains under seal.
Federal court records show that Solomon and St. Jules appeared before US investigating magistrate Caroline Craven on Wednesday for conspiracy to commit bank robbery and “bank robbery and ancillary offenses; aiding and abetting”.
Solomon has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is represented by Texarkana attorney Jeff Harrelson. St. Jules has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is represented by Longview, Texas attorney Charles Van Cleef.
St. Jules reportedly had a large number of new $ 20 bills in his pants when he was arrested on February 2 in Queen City, Texas, by local police and state soldiers while driving a Red Camaro corresponding to the description given to the police by a witness. , according to an affidavit of probable cause.
Wake Village police responded to an ATM alarm in the 5100 block of W. 7th Street shortly after 5 a.m. February 2. When officers arrived, they found a white Ford F-250 truck backed up to the ATM with a chain connecting it in front of the craft, which was lying sideways on the ground.
A yellow crowbar, a chain with two J-hooks and a Styrofoam cup with coffee were found at the scene. Investigators determined that three of the machine’s four cash drawers were missing. It was determined that the van was stolen from a motel parking lot in Texarkana, Texas.
While police were still at the scene of the theft, an investigator in Texarkana, Texas contacted investigators in Wake Village about a red Camaro that had been arrested as it was heading south on the US Highway 59 by Queen City Police and soldiers from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
St. Jules allegedly drove the Camaro and gave the police a fictitious name. Todd Aultman of the Wake Village Police Department and Texas Ranger Josh Mason interviewed St. Jules at the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.
“St. Jules acted as if he wanted to cooperate but wanted a guarantee that he would return home today,” the affidavit states.
The banknotes found in St. Jules’s pants were allegedly new, uncirculated currency with sequential serial numbers.
“There have been several ATM thefts corresponding to this method of operation in the Northeast Texas area in recent weeks. Reports from other thefts have concluded that the suspects were Houston gang members. , Texas, “the affidavit states.
Since his arrest in February for theft of property, St. Jules has been charged in Bowie County with engaging in organized criminal activity and possessing a cell phone in the Bowie County Jail.
A probable cause affidavit accusing St. Jules of organized criminal activity refers to an ATM theft that occurred on January 27 in the 4200 block of Gibson Lane in Texarkana, Texas. As the robbery at Wake Village less than a week later, a stolen pickup truck and chain were used in the Gibson Lane robbery.
“The method used to commit the theft of the Wake Village ATM was almost identical to the method used for the theft of the Gibson Lane ATM,” the affidavit states.
Evidence obtained from St. Jules’s cell phone allegedly linked him to the Gibson Lane robbery.
“Based on several investigations into ATM theft in several regions, I have learned that many people and vehicles are involved in these crimes. In addition to the stolen trucks used to commit ATM thefts, other vehicles and people are involved in these crimes as lookouts or escapes. Most or all ATM thefts are committed by the same methods, ”the affidavit states.
Records show that Solomon was incarcerated on September 10 in the Bowie County Jail and is being held for the US Marshals.
Once the other defendants named in the federal case appear in court, the indictment accusing them can be unsealed.