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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013 4:30 am

BELTON — A Bell County grand jury indicted a 24-year-old man who reportedly went on a crime spree in February that involved a robbery in Killeen and the theft of four snakes from a PetSmart.

Ramando Juquain Hughes was indicted on a charge of robbery Wednesday in connection with the Feb. 13 robbery of the Dollar General store in the 3100 block of Veterans Memorial Boulevard.

Hughes allegedly went into the store and threatened a female clerk with a bat and demanded money. He then left the store with a little more than $100, an arrest affidavit stated.

On the same day, Hughes allegedly robbed a Waco PetSmart and led police on a high-speed chase at speeds in excess of 100 mph before police in Hill County arrested him.

In Waco, Hughes reportedly used a knife to threaten an employee of the PetSmart in the 4600 block of Franklin Avenue. Hughes allegedly requested to see some of the snakes at the store.

The employee then placed the snakes in a box and brought them to the front of the store for check-out. Hughes then took the box and began walking out of the store.

When the clerk demanded payment, Hughes reportedly threatened to kill her. He then left in his truck with two corn snakes, a Mexican king snake and a python.

Police in Hill County encountered Hughes the same day when they attempted to pull him over for an unspecified traffic violation, First Assistant District Attorney Murff Bledsoe said.

Hughes pulled to a stop, but then nearly ran down an officer and sped off. He led them north on Interstate 35, before a spike strip disabled the vehicle and forced Hughes to stop.

The snakes were recovered uninjured.

The Bell County Sheriff’s Office has placed a hold on Hughes while he remains incarcerated in Hill County Jail, Bledsoe said.

Previous convictions elevated the charges against Hughes. Because of convictions for burglary of a habitation and attempted burglary of a habitation out of Travis County in 2011 as well as a conviction for arson in Bell County in 2008, Hughes could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

The grand jury also returned indictments against the following:

  • Sally Ann McMahan, 45, of Nolanville, on a charge of aggravated assault.
  • Tommy Aguilar III, 23, of Belton, on a charge of possession of tetrahydrocannabinol, less than 1 gram.
  • Fred Michael Frerichs, 57, on a charge of possession of methamphetamine, less than 1 gram.
  • Darrell Paul McBride, 46, of Temple, on a charge of possession of cocaine, less than 1 gram.
  • Michael Deshawn Peoples, 19, of Temple, on a charge of tampering with physical evidence.
  • Marcus Dewayne Braggs, 27, of Killeen, on a charge of burglary of a habitation.
  • Alvin Dewayne Canton, 45, of Nolanville, on a charge of evading arrest with a motor vehicle.
  • Lavido Montrey Singletary, 28, on a charge of escape.
  • Victor Soto, 39, on a charge of possession of methamphetamine, 1 gram or more.
  • Kyle Adam Haley, 28, of Belton, on a charge of driving while intoxicated, third or more.
  • David Lee Sain, 53, of Temple, on a charge of theft enhanced.
  • Christopher Page, 40, of Killeen, on three charges of failure to appear.
  • Cherry Ann Gordon, 46, of Killeen, on a charge of secure execution of documents by deception.

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