Recently the Huntsville Police Department and the Walker County Sheriff’s Office arrested four people suspected in two home invasion robberies during the past couple of months. Involvement in a third home invasion robbery is also a possibility.
Friday, HPD Chief Kevin Lunsford and Sheriff Clint McCrae announced that Houston residents 36-year-old Darrick E. Ross, 36-year-old Vashaun Xavier Scott, and 22-year-old Rendrick Lionel Taylor, were charged with aggravated robbery. Thirty-six-year-old Kristy L. Schmidt of Houston was charged with theft of property of less than $1,500 dollars and theft of a firearm.
The three men–Ross, Taylor, and Scott–are accused of a residential break-in the 600 block of FM 1791 in the early morning hours of last Valentine’s Day and stealing cash and other items from the victims who they tied up. They were reported to have been brandishing guns. One witness says, one of the robbers shot at a 12-year-old girl as she ran for help.
Only a few weeks later there was another robberty reported, this time at a home in the 3600 block of Montgomery Road. Two men with weapons entered the home and got involved in a struggle with the home owner who escaped injury when he was fired on. The man’s hands were later tied and a pillow case put over his head. Another man then entered the residence, and the three made-off with electonics, firearms, and money. HPD Chief Lunsford said, “These cases and descriptions of the suspects were so similar that we believe they had to be related.” When Ross, Taylor, and Scott were arrested, evidence on the scene linked them to the home invasion robbery on FM 1791.
This weekend, all four of the suspects were being held in the Walker County Jail. Ross, Taylor, and Scott each had a combined $200,000 dollar bond. The woman, Schmidt, with charges stemming from the Montgomery Road robbery, had a combined bond of $26,000 dollars.