Groves Police arrested two black males in connection with four aggravated robberies Thursday morning at two Groves convenience stores — Fast Lane, 3911 Highway 366 and B & B No. 2 at 3301 Cleveland. The men were confirmed by Groves Police Department Lt. Kirk Rice as Odis Sparks,25, and Ernest Lee Wilson, 30, both of Port Arthur.
The men are each being charged with four counts of aggravated robbery with a bond of $500,000 for each count, a total of $4 million between the two, according to Judge Marc DeRouen, Justice of the Peace for Jefferson County Precinct 2.
Officers responded to two separate aggravated robberies of convenience stores within a 16-minute time period.
The clerk’s in both incidents reported that two black males entered into the store, wearing masks to conceal their identity.
One of the suspects was armed with a handgun and pointed the gun at the clerk and demanded money while the other suspect went around the counter and took money from the register.
In both robberies, the suspect with a gun also pointed the gun at two of the customers and demanded money before leaving.
The suspects then fled the store in a vehicle with an undetermined amount of currency. A description of the vehicle was obtained from one of the clerks in the robbery.
A few minutes later, an officer spotted the vehicle fleeing the area and initiated a pursuit. After pursuing the suspects for several blocks, both suspects abandoned the vehicle while it was still in motion and fled on foot. After a brief foot pursuit, both suspects were apprehended.
There were no reported injuries to the officers, clerks or customers in either robbery or pursuit.
Both subjects were each arrested for two counts of aggravated robbery, felony of the first degree and transported to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility in Beaumont.
Investigators are still interviewing witnesses, and anyone with additional information can call the Groves Police Department at (409)-962-0244.
"We want to send a clear message that these types of violent crimes will not be tolerated, and we'll use whatever resources are necessary to stop them," Rice said.