By Will Johnson
CROCKETT – A pair of men were apprehended in Crockett on July 6 for their alleged involvement in a home invasion which occurred on June 29.
Gujuan Malik Freeman (aka “Gee”), 21, and Treaveon Transean Handsborough, 26 – both from Crockett – were apprehended on July 6 and charged with aggravated robbery. Freeman was also charged with felonious possession of a firearm, as well as theft of a firearm.
The arrest stemmed from an incident which occurred on June 29 when Freeman and Handsborough allegedly barged into an apartment located in the 1100 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and demanded money from the residents of the apartment.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, Freeman (“Gee”) entered the apartment brandishing a silver, semi-automatic handgun and “… pointed the pistol at (the apartment resident) and demanded money.”
The affidavit reported Handsborough physically restrained the apartment resident as he moved him through the dwelling in his search for money.
“’Gee’ then pointed the pistol at (the apartment resident) and told him he was going to kill him if he did not give him the money. (The apartment resident) said he then retrieved about $200 and gave it to them,” the affidavit indicated.
The probable cause document further stated a guest in the apartment “… was hit in the head with the pistol by Gee, but was able to run out of the house.”
As Freeman and Handsborough continued to search the apartment, the affidavit reported the duo entered a bedroom where the apartment resident’s girlfriend had been sleeping. The legal document stated the girlfriend attempted to retrieve her boyfriend’s pistol, but Handsborough was able to reach the weapon first.
“Now, Handsborough and ‘Gee’ both had a pistol. (The apartment resident) said they waved the pistols at them as they backed out of the house and left,” the affidavit stated.
The apartment resident provided law enforcement officials with the phone number of the guest who was hit in the head but attempts to contact him were unsuccessful. The girlfriend was also contacted and confirmed her boyfriend’s story, according to the affidavit.
Witnesses at the scene also corroborated the story.
“(The witnesses) said they heard loud banging and yelling from (the apartment), but could not make out what was being said,” the affidavit reported.
In addition, the apartment resident later told CPD officers he believed Freeman lived at 101 Lewis Circle and on July 6, officers with the Crockett Police Department executed a search warrant at that location after CPD had received calls regarding suspicious activity at the Lewis Circle address, according to a second probable cause affidavit.
“The occupants were displaying handguns and rifles at people when they walked by the apartment. Numerous witnesses stated they had witnessed two males running in and out of Apt. 101 with guns,” the second affidavit indicated.
“At approximately 9:45 p.m. (on July 6), Lt. Clayton Smith, along with other officers of the Crockett Police Department executed a search warrant at 101 Lewis Circle. All occupants of the residence were ordered outside and ordered to lay face down on the ground. Once everyone was outside, all occupants were detained and later identified,” according to the second affidavit.
Freeman, a convicted felon, was among those detained.
During a search of the residence, a handgun and an AK 47 were located inside the apartment.
Due to his previous felony conviction and because of his alleged involvement in the June 29 home invasion, Freeman was charged with aggravated robbery, theft of a firearm (the handgun) and felonious possession of a firearm.
Handsborough was apprehended at a different location and charged with aggravated robbery.
The criminal offense of aggravated robbery is classified as a first degree felony and according to Section 12.32 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the first degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for life or for any term of not more than 99 years or less than five years. In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the first degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”
Freeman and Handsborough are currently held at the Houston County Jail. Bond for the two had not been set as of press time.
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