CRIME

A man who police said led them on a chase and then caused a standoff outside a home on Moonstone Drive was indicted by a Bell County grand jury Wednesday.

Jessie Frank Edgar Nichols, 27, was the driver in an armed robbery of a convenience store on Feb. 13, according to Killeen police in the affidavit. Nichols abandoned the car and hid inside a home on Moonstone Drive, which resulted in a standoff, according to the affidavit. After more than seven hours, Killeen police entered the home and arrested Nichols. He was held in the Bell County Jail on $75,000 bond.

Nichols was indicted on a charge of evading arrest with a vehicle with a deadly weapon.

Joshua Aaron Bishop, 22, was taken into custody in connection with the robbery after the chase when Killeen police arrested him after a short foot pursuit, according to an affidavit for arrest. Bishop was not among those indicted Wednesday.

Officers spoke with the employees of a Killeen convenience store on Feb. 11 who said that a man carrying a black backpack and wearing a mask robbed the store carrying a short barreled shotgun. Video surveillance confirmed the claim, police said.

When police searched Bishop’s car, they found shotgun ammunition, a black backpack and a mask, according to the affidavit. While he was questioned, Bishop told police several different names other than his own before telling police he ran from the car with a shotgun, police said.

Indicted in unrelated incidents were:

Justin Shardel Criner, 31, of Killeen on a charge of burglary of a habitation.

Marty Lawerence Cruz, 46, of Killeen on a charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Heather Logue, 20, of Killeen on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, 4 grams or more.

Kristopher Joseph Gilley, 22, of Killeen on a charge of arson.

Timothy Farek, 53, of Belton on a charge of impersonating a public servant.

254-501-7552 | sullivan@kdhnews.com

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