BELTON — A Bell County grand jury on Wednesday indicted four Temple men for aggravated robbery. Deontavius D’Tarris Griffin, 26, Matthew Diaz, 18, Patrick O’Neal Johnson, 19, and Jeremy Oaties, 28, are charged with allegedly robbing a laundry on South 39th Street.
On Nov. 7 Diaz allegedly entered the laundry and asked to use the phone. While the proprietors were distracted, Griffin and Johnson allegedly entered the business.
Griffin is accused of displaying a semi-automatic Smith and Wesson handgun and demanding that the owners empty the register. Johnson is charged with allegedly taking a cell phone from one of the owners.
After Diaz, Griffin and Johnson left the laundry, they allegedly entered a gray vehicle driven by Oaties. The victims allegedly followed the four while using a separate cellphone to call the police.
Temple Police Department officers were able to intercept the chase in the 1200 block of South 49th Street. As they approached the gray vehicle allegedly being driven by Oaties, the officers saw a firearm being thrown out the door.
The Texas Penal Code defines aggravated robbery as a first-degree felony, which is punishable by five to 99 years’ incarceration and a fine not to exceed $10,000.
Griffin was previously convicted in 2008 for evading arrest. In 2010 and 2012, he was convicted for driving with an invalid license with a previous conviction or suspension.
In 2012, Griffin also was convicted of possessing less than 2 ounces of marijuana. Diaz was arrested in 2012 and charged with possessing less than 2 ounces of marijuana.
Johnson was charged with criminal trespass in 2012 and 2013. He also was charged with assault causing bodily injury to a family member in 2013.
Oaties was arrested in 2003 for burglary of a building. In 2004, he was charged with injuring an elderly individual and recklessly causing a serious bodily injury.
Oaties was charged with criminal mischief, damages between $50 and $500, and criminal trespass 2005. He also was charged with criminal trespass in 2010.
Also indicted Wednesday were:
- Bryan James Rhudy, 36, of Gatesville for allegedly possessing 6.2 grams of methamphetamine.
The Texas Penal Code defines possession of between 4 and 200 grams of methamphetamine as a second-degree felony, which is punishable by 2-20 years’ incarceration and a fine not to exceed $10,000.
- Matthew Robert Horrowitz, 52, of Utah for allegedly possessing 0.5 grams of methamphetamine.
The Texas Penal Code defines possession of less than 1 gram of methamphetamine as a state jail felony which is punishable with 180 days to two years’ incarceration and a fine not to exceed $10,000.
- Janet Diane Grogan, 52, of Temple for an alleged aggravated assault on a family member with a deadly weapon. On Sept. 22, Grogan allegedly shot her husband, Mitchle, in the hip with a 9 mm handgun.
Mitchle Grogan was transported to Scott & White hospital where he was treated and released. The Texas Penal Code defines aggravated assault of a family member with a deadly weapon as a first-degree felony, which is punishable with 5-99 years’ incarceration and a fine not to exceed $10,000. Janet Grogan was convicted in 2007 of driving while intoxicated.