Seven arrested in string of bank robberies

January 5, 2012 7:56:35 AM PST
The seventh and final suspect involved in the October robberies of two banks in the northwest sector of Fort Bend County was arrested on a warrant last week.

Fort Bend County Sheriff's deputies, along with US Marshals, arrested Karrmyne Laron Barros, 31, in Houston. He is charged with aggravated robbery and is being held in the Fort Bend County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Barros is the seventh suspect involved in the aggravated robberies of two banks, which occurred within a week's time in early October.

On October 3, the Capital One Bank located in the 23900 block of Westheimer Parkway was robbed by three subjects.

On Thursday, October 6, the second aggravated robbery was conducted by four subjects who hit the IBC Bank in the 10500 block of State Highway 6 South at West Bellfort.

By Tuesday, October 11, Fort Bend County Sheriff's detectives had identified at least two of the suspects in these robberies -- Ashley Ann Jackson, 23, and Johnathan Charles Simmons, 22. By Thursday, October 13, Simmons had been arrested and another suspect, Darius Broussard, 17, had been identified.

"On some of these arrests, we received tips from the Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers hotline, and on the rest, it was good hard work by our detectives," said Captain James Burger of the Sheriff"s Office Criminal Investigation Division.

On Friday, Oct. 14, Jackson surrendered at the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office. A warrant for Broussard was sent to Lafayette, Louisiana, and the local police agency arrested him there.

"Our warrants division did an outstanding job of rounding up the remaining suspects who played a role in these two robberies," Burger said.

Along with Simmons, Jackson and Barros, Amyillia Bruno, Dominique Blakley and Broussard were arrested. Farouk Odariko, 24, is being held in the Harris County Jail on a parole violation. He faces two counts of aggravated robbery in Fort Bend County.

Simmons, Bruno and Jackson were identified as the subjects who entered the Capital One Bank on Oct. 3. Broussard joined those three in robbing the IBC Bank on Oct. 6.

Odariko, 24, was identified as a driver in both cases, and Blakley, 17, and Barros also drove vehicles in the second robbery. All suspects are from the Houston area.

Jackson and Bruno face two counts of aggravated robbery with $100,000 bonds on each count.

Simmons faces the two aggravated robbery charges with the same bond amounts, but he also has a charge of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, which has an additional $50,000 bond. He also faces a parole violation.

Broussard has a $100,000 bond on one aggravated robbery charge, while Barros has a $50,000 bond on one aggravated robbery charge.

Blakley, 21, had a bond of $25,000 on one count of aggravated robbery. He posted bail on Dec. 16.

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