Investigation Leads To Arrest Of Five Robbery Suspects (Press Release)

by Public Information Officer, Friday, April 12, 2013, 16:08 (2265 days ago)

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department (APD) has arrested five suspects (four adults and one juvenile) stemming from follow-up investigations into aggravated residential robberies and burglaries. The preliminary findings surrounding these crimes follow:

On April 10, 2013, detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division formulated a plan to locate and identify suspects involved in a series of recent crimes, including a burglary (with intent to commit assault) that occurred shortly after midnight on April 6th. This offense occurred in the 800 block of Alameda Road where an elderly couple was asleep and awakened in their home by two unknown males demanding money. The report indicated that the suspects fled the home with stolen property and the residents were not injured. Later that morning at about 9 a.m., APD was alerted by local hospital staff about a young adult assault victim. The investigation revealed that two young adult male victims reported being assaulted in a field in the 1100 block of San Jacinto Drive. The report indicated that unknown males in their early 20’s pointed handguns and a shotgun at the victims and that both victims were assaulted and had their cell phones stolen. The report indicated that this robbery occurred in the early morning hours. Both victims received treatment at the hospital.

Another incident in this series of crimes included another aggravated robbery that occurred at a different residence in the 800 block of Alameda Road. The notification about this robbery came in to APD right after the suspects fled; at about 1:10 a.m. on April 8th. The report indicated that five unknown suspects had entered the home and stole property from the residents and fled. Further facts revealed that the suspects were armed and masked when they forced entry into the residence. Six victims were assaulted during this crime and their injuries varied. Five of these victims sought treatment at a local hospital.

This investigation has led to the arrest of five suspects. Four suspects were located and subsequently arrested late evening on April 10th and during the early morning of the 11th. The fifth suspect was arrested April 12th. This investigation is still on-going and very complex. It is also linked to two previous burglaries of habitations that preceded the above referenced offenses. The investigation revealed that all five suspects were linked to at least one of the aggravated robberies. Additionally, several stolen guns were recovered along with other stolen property that was also linked to some of the suspects. The following four adults, along with one 16-year-old male juvenile, were arrested on one count of 1st-degree Aggravated Robbery: Jamal K. Session (DOB: 01/12/95), Victor R. Chavez (DOB: 05/03/94), Javier X. Abila (DOB: 02/02/96) and Angel R. Gonzalez (DOB: 11/18/94). The adults were taken to Taylor County Jail where a bond of $200,000 was set for each. The juvenile was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center.

The long hours and successful results into these investigations stem from the dedicated joint response from all facets of the Department that included personnel from Patrol, Criminal Investigation, Youth, Responsive Intelligence and Special Operation Divisions.

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