On Monday, January 31, 2010 at approximately 9:00 p.m. the Cleveland Police Department received a 911 call reference to an alleged “armed robbery in progress” at the Subway Restaurant located in the Truly Plaza shopping center.
Officer Paul Young quickly arrived at the Subway where he observed 2 suspects behind the front counter pacing back and forth. Officer Young saw a suspicious dark colored car parked on the eastside of the building with its lights on. Both suspects saw the officer and ran to rear storage area of the restaurant. According to Officer Young the suspects were described as two black males. One suspect was wearing a red hooded sweat shirt and dark colored blue jeans; the second suspect was wearing a white hooded sweat shirt, and blue jeans. Both suspects had hoods over their heads, and a cloth like material covering the lower part of their faces. The Subway employee said, one suspect pointed a silver in color “snub nose” revolver pistol, with black hand grips at her and demanded money.
Officer Young said the female employee ran outside to his patrol car shaking and visibly upset, “screaming “she was being robbed, and they had a gun”. The employee said, one suspect pointed a silver in color “snub nose” revolver pistol, with black hand grips at her and demanded money.
Officer Young entered the front door of the restaurant, and started toward the storage room where he had seen the suspects run.
Suddenly one of the suspect’s came running from the storage room in his direction. The suspected ran towards the front door, and ran to the awaiting dark colored car on the eastside of the building.
The remaining suspect was seen exiting the rear door of the restaurant. The suspect car was seen speeding off from behind the restaurant when Officer Zack Harkness arrived to assist Officer Young. Officers followed the path of the fleeing car westbound behind the Radio Shack store; where there was no exit. Officers Young and Harkness found the suspect’s car abandoned, and the officers believed the suspects ran on foot toward the Super 8 Motel, and McDonald’s. Other Cleveland officers patrolling in the area including Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with D.P.S. State Troopers set-up a perimeter and began searching the area.
A witness flagged down Officer Young and advised they saw the suspects run from behind the motel, and enter into the enclosed dumpster area of the McDonald’s restaurant. Officers entered the dumpster area where they found one of the suspects lying on the ground, and a second suspect hiding behind one of the dumpsters. Both suspects were taken into custody and transported to the Cleveland Police Department’s jail.
The two suspects arrested were identified as:
1) Deamonte Lamar Roberson, age 19, address: Humble, Tx.;
2) Ashley Charles Burrell, age 22, address: Humble, Tx..
A gun that matched the description given by the witness was recovered in a nearby wooded area along the path the suspects fled. Officers are further investigating information of a possible third suspect involved. Roberson, and Burrell were both transported to the Liberty County Jail where they were charged with Aggravated Robbery- 1st Degree Felony, and their bonds were set by Liberty County Justice of Peace, Precinct #1 Judge Bobby Rader at $100,000.00 each.
Anyone with any further information pertaining to this case is asked to call the Cleveland Police Department at (281) 592-2622.