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Armed robbery charges filed against 4 men


ONALASKA – Four Huntsville men were being held in the Polk County Jail early this week under bonds ranging from $500,000 to $1 million in connection with an armed robbery that sent an Onalaska pawnshop owner to the hospital. Richard Baker, 71, was recovering in a Houston hospital after being shot twice in the abdomen during the robbery attempt at Bart's Pawn Shop. The incident occurred shortly after 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20. "I spoke to his family this morning and he is doing well," Capt. John Maddox of the Onalaska Police Department said Monday. "He is now in stable condition." The four suspects currently being held on felony armed robbery charges include Tydrus Deshawn Mills, 18; Brickson Raydon Davison, 24; Kenneth Ray Freeman, 23; and Dev'vin Deunta Nickerson, 18, all of Huntsville. Mills, who also was charged with parole violation, was being held under a $1 million bond on the aggravated assault charge but bond was denied on the parole complaint. Davison, Freeman and Nickerson were each held under $500,000 bonds. Maddox said the investigation is still underway and additional charges against the suspects could be filed at a later date. All four suspects were taken into custody Friday afternoon in Walker County after fleeing the scene of the robbery. They were all returned to Polk County on Saturday to face the first degree felony charges filed against each man. According to reports, four men entered the pawnshop around 11:15 a.m. armed with a .22 caliber rifle. During the course of the robbery, Baker was shot but managed to return the gun fire, hitting one suspect in the shoulder and buttocks. After the shooting, the suspects fled by car across the Highway 190 Bridge over Lake Livingston into San Jacinto County where San Jacinto County Pct. 4 Constable Alvin Wyatt spotted them. After radioing for assistance, Wyatt followed the car west on Highway 190. Wyatt did not attempt to stop the vehicle until Walker County deputies arrived just as the suspects crossed into Walker County. The constable and deputies pursued the vehicle, which turned down Novak Road and subsequently crashed. When the suspects attempted to flee into nearby woods on foot, Wyatt captured one – later identified as Davison -- and the Walker County deputies apprehended another. The suspect captured by the deputies was identified as Freeman, who was subsequently taken to a Huntsville hospital for treatment of two gunshot wounds believed to have occurred during the Onalaska robbery. Mills was taken into custody later when he was spotted by troopers in a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter while Nickerson was arrested after he was located by Texas Department of Criminal Justice tracking dogs. Other agencies involved in the investigation include the Texas Rangers, Polk County Sheriff's Department and the Polk County Criminal District Attorney's Office.


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