By Sarah Naron

Messenger Reporter

PALESTINE – The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) recovered a variety of guns from a vehicle driven by two male suspects who allegedly robbed a residence on ACR 1231 on the morning of Friday, Feb. 17.

According to ACSO Chief Deputy Troy Black, law enforcement officials responded to the reported robbery at approximately 9:45 a.m.

Darryl Wayne Lewis Jr.

“The initial 911 caller stated two black males had just robbed him at gunpoint at the residence,” Deputy Black explained.

According to Deputy Black, the victim identified one of the suspects by name and told officers he was a resident of the Neches area. The suspects were said to have fled the scene in a white Chevy El Camino, turning west on U.S. 84 toward Palestine.

“Capt. Ginger Lively and Sgt. Bobby Bishop were traveling east on Hwy. 84 when they saw a vehicle fitting the description pass them traveling west,” Deputy Black said. “They initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, and the driver stopped the vehicle in front of an address of 4472 E. State Hwy. 84.”

When the car came to a stop, the passenger exited the vehicle and fled on foot toward a pasture located to the north of the area.

John Davis Angton

“Investigator Robert Frakes began a foot pursuit of the black male fleeing from the scene,” Deputy Black said. “Capt. Lively and Sgt. Bishop initiated a felony stop on the driver, who followed instructions and exited the vehicle.”

Officials identified the driver as John Davis Angton, III, 26.  He was taken into custody and booked into the Anderson County Jail with no incident.

“With the help of Constable Pct. 4 James Muniz, the passenger was apprehended in the nearby woods after a foot pursuit,” Deputy Black explained.

The passenger was identified as Darryl Wayne Lewis, Jr., 22. He was arrested and transported to the jail without incident.

According to Deputy Black, a total of roughly 20 guns were recovered from the vehicle, inventoried and held as evidence.

“Lewis and Angton were both booked into the jail for Aggravated Robbery,” Deputy Black reported. “They have not been arraigned, and no bond has been set at this time.”

According to Deputy Black, additional charges against the suspects are pending.

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