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Two face robbery charges

April 30, 2012

A pair of Big Spring men were arrested early Sunday morning after law enforcement officials allege they were part of an aggravated robbery in the 1000 block of E. 16th Street.

Thaddeus Ontario Straughter, 21, of 1401 Virginia, was arrested Sunday on two counts of aggravated robbery, according to police reports. Also arrested was Jordan Allen McLeod, 21, of 618 Tulane, who is also charged with two counts of aggravated robbery.

According to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the Big Spring Police Department, the two suspects were part of a group which allegedly robbed a pair of victims in the area of the 1000 block of E. 16th Street at approximately 2:30 a.m.

“According to reports, there were two males in the 1000 block of E. 16th Street when a vehicle pulled up,” Everett said. “The vehicle was occupied by four male suspects, two of which appeared to be armed with handguns. The suspects took property from the victims and fled the scene.”
Everett said Straughter and McLeod were located nearby shortly after the robbery had occurred.

“Officers made the two arrests based on witness statements,” Everett said. “There were no injuries reported as a result of the robbery or the arrest. Investigators are still looking for the other two suspects, so we fully expect more arrests in this case.”

Everett declined to comment regarding the property taken from the victims, citing an open investigation.

“It wouldn't matter if they took $1,000 or one cent, the value of the property has no effect on the charge,” Everett said. “As soon as they displayed the handguns it became aggravated robbery.”

Aggravated robbery is a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years to life in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact the Big Spring Police Department at 264-2550.

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