Tyler car wash employee accused of setting up robbery
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Tyler police have arrested a car wash employee accused of setting up a robbery of a customer.
Hauns Demond Thompson, 33, is charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated robbery and is being held on a collective bond of $300,000. He was arrested on the charge on Aug. 21.
According to an arrest affidavit released on Wednesday, police received a call at 12:57 p.m. on July 23 about a robbery at a car wash, located in the 2400 block of South Broadway Avenue. When officers arrived, they talked to two victims separately. One of them said he brought his Maserati to the car wash. He said when he arrived, he put his Gucci fanny pack down in the seat next to him in the lobby, along with six iPhones. He said he had his identification, bank card and $7,000 in cash inside of his bag. He said while they were waiting, two men came in and one picked up the bag and another one pulled out a handgun. The victim said they were held at gun point and one of the men took his bag, his six iPhones, Patek Philippe watch and two rings off his fingers. They also took the other customer's iPhone and Apple Watch.
Thompson, who was an employee at the business, said he did not know who the robbers were, according to the affidavit.
The business owner told police that the victim comes to the car wash often and is always "flashing" money so everyone can see him and how much money he has. The owner later told police that two of his employees told him they believed Thompson was involved in the robbery. The employees also knew one of the robbers by the nickname "Bull," but they did not know his real name.
Detectives then interviewed Thompson. During the interview, Thompson allowed them to download his cellphone. During this time, he said he did not recognize the suspects but he did know the victim. He said the victim had brought his Range Rover in for a wash three days earlier and had said he would bring his car in this day.
Police searched the name "Bull" on the phone and found two entries. Records on the phone showed Thompson called the number two times just after the robbery occurred.
On July 24, police spoke to one of the employees, who said they had seen Thompson talking to Bull before the robbery. The second employee said he saw the two talk in the employee break room before the robbery.
According to the affidavit, Thompson confessed to setting up the robbery on July 25. He said that Bull had come up to him and was talking to him about the victim because he was always "flashing cash." He said he wanted Thompson to call him next time he came to the car wash. Police asked Thompson why Bull wanted to know and Thompson said he "guess he wanted to get his money," according to the affidavit.
Police obtained a warrant for Thompson's arrest on Aug. 21.
Police have determined that "Bull" is Jamarcus Durham, who is still at-large.
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