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Two charged with aggravated robbery
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TRINITY – Two Trinity men were being held this week on aggravated robbery and other charges following an early-morning incident on Saturday. James “P.J” Parish, 22, and Jerry Fuller, 48, were both charged with felony aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and felony possession of a controlled substance in a drug free zone. Parrish also was charged with felony tampering with physical evidence following his arrest. A third man arrested with the other suspects, Coley Hamm, 24, was jailed on a public intoxication charge but Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones said the matter is expected to be presented to a Trinity County grand jury and other charges could be filed. Jones said the investigation began at about 2:49 a.m. Saturday, April 16, when Officer Travis Bryan found a man on Main Street near the Railroad Street intersection who reported being attacked and robbed. The victim told police that he was sitting in his pickup on Main Street with Hamm. Hamm is alleged to have been drinking in a Main Street bar and was waiting for someone to pick him up. Jones said that when Hamm’s “ride” arrived, two men got out of a white van and used what appeared to be a large walking stick to beat the victim, striking him repeatedly in the head. “They then took his wallet containing his cash as well as his cell phone and truck keys,” Jones said. “It appears that they did not want the victim to either call for or drive to help.” The phone and keys were thrown out by the men a short distance from the scene of the assault. “Travis was making his usual patrol when he came upon the victim shortly after the attack,” Jones said. “He transported him to the police station for his safety and to obtain medical attention.” The victim was subsequently treated at East Texas Medical Center-Trinity. After dropping the man off at the police station, Bryan returned to his patrol car and began looking for the suspects. “He spotted the van on Stadium Street headed toward Maple and pulled it over in front of Lansberry Elementary,” Jones said. The victim’s wallet was found on the floorboard of the van. Also discovered in the vehicle was $539 in cash, a rock of crack cocaine and a large walking stick believed to have been used in the assault. The stick was about the size and thickness of a baseball bat. More crack cocaine was later found lying on the ground outside the van and investigators believe one of the suspects threw the drug out of the window in an effort to hide it from police. The tampering with physical evidence charge was filed in connection with that attempt. Jones said the victim indicated he had about $639 in cash in his wallet when it was stolen and investigators believe that $100 of that money was used to purchase the crack cocaine found during the arrests. Burglary reported On Friday, Trinity Police also assisted Trinity County sheriff’s deputies with the investigation of a burglary reported at Romo’s Tex-Mex Restaurant north of Trinity. Jones said that about 8:30 p.m., shortly after the restaurant close, a man entered, removed cash from the cash register and fled. The restaurant’s owner caught sight of the man leaving and followed him and his vehicle into Trinity but the suspect managed to get away before officers could apprehend him.