An act of kindness turns into a life threatening situation for a Tyler man. The man told police around 10:45 p.m. last night, six people, including a 16-year-old girl, came into his home on Easy Street in Tyler and robbed him at gunpoint.
The man, 21-year-old Jeremy Francis says it's a night he will never forget. He was on his roommates computer when the robbers came in.
"All of a sudden they came through the back door and yelled get down, get down you know, do this and do that," said Francis. "I had six guns in my face." Francis says he gave the robbers what they wanted, a lap top, several sports jerseys and $30.00 from his wallet. He says it all started earlier that day, when the female robber came to his home crying, saying she had a fight with her boyfriend.
"She said she needed to use the phone to call somebody to get her, and I was like ok that's fine with me, and I let her in and she used the phone and left, and I didn't think anything of it," said Francis. During the robbery, Francis was able to get out of his house and call police. He says that's when he saw the suspects jump in a 1988 Chevy Caprice and drive off. The police were right behind them.
Police say the suspects tried to hide by parking their car behind Kinsey Pharmacy in Southwest Tyler and turning their headlights off. An officer saw them doing this and when he pulled up behind the car, the suspects took off on foot through the woods and into a neighborhood.
"Every now and then police would spot one, he'd run and be jumping over fences of residence neighborhoods, or their backyards," said Officer Don Martin, Tyler Police Department. "We had our tracking dogs down here as well." More than 30 officers set up a perimeter about 200 acres, blocking the suspects in. One by one police caught every suspect.
"I was estatic because you hear all the stories that they never catch the people that do it," said Francis. "They caught them. They caught them quick." Police have identified the suspects as 18-year-olds Justin Black, Kevin Reed and Reginald Braxton, all from Jacksonville, and 19-year-olds, Roger Hunter III from Jacksonville and Cornelius Allen of Rusk. They, along with the 16-year-old girl, are all charged with Aggravated Robbery. Francis and his roommates say they have never seen the suspects before and do not know why their house was chosen. Police have recovered all the stolen items.