DAYTON – At Approximately 5 p.m. Tuesday, officers with the Dayton Police Department were dispatched to an Aggravated Robbery at a local business located just South of US 90 on FM 1409 intersection.
A 72-year-old local resident and business owner was exiting his vehicle when he was approached by two men wearing masks and brandishing a handgun. The victim was struck in the head by one of the suspects, causing a minor injury.
The two suspects grabbed the victim’s bank bag and fled on foot.
The victim’s son saw this happening and gave chase to the suspects, where he noticed four subjects run towards the apartment complex on Houston Street.
Officers with the Dayton Police Department and Liberty County Sheriff’s Office converged on the area quickly and were able to set up a tight perimeter.
Liberty County Sheriff’s office provided their K-9 unit, and within minutes, all four suspects were apprehended.
The four suspects have been charged with Aggravated Robbery and are currently in Liberty County jail, with bonds being set at $500,000 apiece.
The suspects are identified as Semaj Rowel B/M, 19 years of age, Roderic Coleman B/M, 17 years of age, Nicholas Dewayne Johnson III B/M, 19 years of age, and Marcell Tarik Hudson B/M, 20 years of age, who all belong to the Harris County area.
In this case, the victim is believed to have been a victim of “Jugging.”
The term “Jugging” refers to a theft or robbery committed by a perpetrator who waits at a bank, near an ATM, or outside an expensive store, watches for customers who might be carrying a large amount of cash or goods, and then follows them to steal the money or goods from the customer or their car.
The Dayton Police Department would like to sincerely thank Sheriff Bobby Rader and his team, who quickly helped them with the apprehension yesterday.
The Dayton Police Department would also like to remind residents to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings as the holiday season approaches.