HOUSTON – Acting U.S. attorney Jennifer B. announced that a group of violent criminals could face severe federal penalties for using firearms. This includes use of a weapon which results in death, carjacking and other felonies. Lowery. Three Houston men were arrested today by
Authorities: Charles Dawson, 42, Damon Randolph and 47,. They will appear in federal court before U.S. Magistrates Judge Sam Sheldon at 2.pm. Curtis Sandel 36,, is also in custody. He is expected to be transferred to federal authorities in order to make his first appearance. If convicted
These men are among many others charged with violent crimes committed in the Houston area.
U.S. Attorney Lowery met with several leaders from federal and state law enforcement agencies to discuss this pervasive issue and their commitment to holding violent criminals accountable. Leaders stressed the need to ensure safety in their communities, regardless of whether they were in federal or state court. This problem is not limited to one area or neighborhood in Houston.
In the above case, the men were accused of committing a bank robbery. They allegedly shot and killed their victim, and then stole drugs and money from a local warehouse. They have been charged with robbery and conspiracy to distribute narcotics. If convicted, they will all face life imprisonment.
Also highlighted today was the violent carjacking case that was recently indicted by federal court. Iveon Gillaspie, 21, allegedly committed a violent carjacking Oct. 16, 2019. He was initially charged in state court, but he later allegedly committed another violent crime. Federal grand juries returned a two-count charge against him for carjacking and brandishing firearms during and in relation with a crime. He now faces life imprisonment in federal prison.
Earnest Taylor, 27, is a convicted felon. He is therefore prohibited from owning a firearm. However, on Aug. 24, he fired shots from such a weapon at IRS agents who were attempting to serve a summons for aggravated identity theft. Illegally possessing the firearm, assault on a federal officer are his charges. He faces up to 20 years in prison.
Two more Houston men – Frederick Crouts, 19, and Donvonte Wallace, 24 – are charged with robbing what should be safe places in June. They are accused of robbing a Subway and Family Dollar while carrying a gun. They face 20 years as well as an additional minimum of seven years for the firearms charges.
Other people are also accused of unlawfully possessing firearms. These include Sergio Cabrera 28,, Jordan Allen , and Jordan Allen . They face up to 10 years in federal prison, upon conviction.
The FBI; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Houston Police Department; Harris County District Attorney’s Office Harris County Sheriff’s Office Houston Independent School District Police Department Treasure Inspector General Tax Administration, and U.S. All of these agencies are available to assist in various cases.
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