… And You Just Got Arrested
By Will Johnson
CROCKETT – A December robbery has been cleared by the Crockett Police Department after detectives arrested two suspects in the case.
Keyshaun DeAngelo Chatman along with Javiounce Sha’mhadd Johnson – both 17 – were booked into custody on Thursday, Feb. 22 and charged with aggravated robbery as well as theft of a firearm. Both men are from Crockett and are considered as adults.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, the robbery victim informed Crockett detectives he had met with Chatman in a Crockett park on Dec. 18, 2017, where the two had a discussion about handguns.
The robbery victim informed the detectives “… that he had two handguns – a Ruger P85 9mm and an H&R .22 magnum – at his house that belonged to his step-father.”
After a brief discussion, the two men agreed to meet later that evening so Chatman could take pictures of the handguns in order to show his grandfather what type of pistol he wanted.
At approximately 11:30 p.m. on the same day, the affidavit reported “… (the victim) met with Chatman who had brought another male that was later identified as Javiounce Johnson.”
Two other men were present at the scene but the victim stated he did not recognize them.
“(The victim) stated he first met Chatman near the area of Montgomery Street but Chatman stated it was too close to the police station and wanted to go down to the cemetery behind Brookshire Brothers,” the affidavit stated.
Once the men arrived at the cemetery, the probable cause document indicated Chatman as well as Johnson asked to hold the guns and the victim handed them the pistols.
“(The victim) told me (CPD Detective Blake Gates) that both parties held the guns for a minute and then Johnson raised the Ruger 9mm handgun, pointed it at (the victim) and stated ‘you just been robbed (expletive deleted).’ (The victim) stated that after Johnson pointed the gun at him, Chatman pointed the .22 caliber revolver at him and said ‘yeah (expletive deleted),’” according to the affidavit.
While the legal documents allude to the assumption the handguns were loaded, the ammunition status of the pistols is unknown.
CPD detectives were further informed the victim “… was told if he snitched they would ‘kill him, his (expletive deleted) and his whole family,’” the probable cause document stated.
As the encounter continued, the victim stated he was told to take off walking and added “… he was afraid during the robbery that they would shoot him in the back.”
The probable cause document added the victim returned to his step-father’s residence after the robbery but was scared to call the police after the threats from Chatman and Johnson.
Chatman and Johnson were both arrested on Feb. 22 and charged with aggravated robbery and theft of a fire arm.
Under Texas law, the aggravated robbery charge is considered a first degree felony. 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.”
The theft of a firearm charge is considered a state jail felony. The range of punishment is between 180 days and two in addition of a fine of up to $10,000.
Johnson and Chatman were both held on bonds totaling $35,000. Johnson posted bond and was released pending trial. Chatman is still in custody.
Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.