By Justin Cox
Killeen Daily Herald
The man responsible for the 12-hour stand-off at the Texas Workforce Center Sept. 18 was indicted Wednesday by a Bell County grand jury.
But the offense for which he was indicted has nothing to do with the stand-off and ensuing mass chaos; instead, it's about what he allegedly did on the way inside.
David Hilario Flores, 31, of Killeen, was indicted on a robbery charge alleging that he assaulted a woman and attempted to steal her car while he fled from pursuing officers on the morning of Sept. 18.
Robbery is classified as a second-degree felony under Texas law. However, the details of the indictment reveal that Flores was convicted on six felony counts of burglary of a habitation and one felony count of burglary of a motor vehicle between Oct. 11, 1994, and June 9, 1995, making him a repeat offender.
As a repeat offender, the robbery charge is enhanced to a first-degree felony, increasing the punishment range to 5 to 99 years, or life, in prison.
According to the arrest affidavit, Flores forced his way into a woman's vehicle in the parking lot of the TWC. He tried to take her purse and demanded Willis' keys and money.
Willis reported to police that she struggled with Flores, pulling him from her vehicle as he pulled on her purse. Willis also told police that she sustained injuries to her hands, fingers and knees. Flores gave up when he saw KPD officers heading toward him and dashed into the TWC facility.
Killeen SWAT team members eventually apprehended the 31-year-old just after 8:30 p.m. that night, bringing an end to a standoff. A force of more than 60 police officers searched and waited for Flores as they maintained a perimeter, searching each floor, air duct and open crawl space of the 40,000 square-foot building.
Flores remains in custody on $100,000 bond at the Bell County Jail.
The grand jury issued 28 additional indictments Wednesday, charging the following individuals:
Nicolas Vasquez, 23, of Killeen; possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, 4 to 200 grams, Aug. 18, 2006.
Robert Winston Nowlin Jr., 46, of Killeen; possession with intent to deliver cocaine, 4 to 200 grams, Sept. 12.
Hubert Theodore Branch, 44, of Killeen; possession with intent to deliver cocaine, 4 to 200 grams, enhanced to a first-degree felony, repeat offender, Sept. 14.
Michael John Purks, 21, of Fort Hood; possession with intent to deliver MDMA, 4 to 200 grams, Sept. 23.
Rodger Bruce Lomas, 56, of Killeen; possession of cocaine, less than 1 gram, Oct. 8.
Miguel Mike Ruiz, 45, of Killeen; two counts of sexual assault, same victim, June 1, 2004.
Sharon Jones, 57, of Killeen; injury to a child, third-degree, April 4.
Kendall Adam Suto, 22, of Copperas Cove; burglary of a building, Aug. 9.
John Michael Aguilar, 22, of Copperas Cove; burglary of a building, Aug. 9.
Angel Patrice Scott, 20, of Killeen, and co-defendant Christopher Romare Scott, 25, of Killeen; robbery, Aug. 20.
Jeanette M. Gibson, 45, of Copperas Cove; forgery by passing, Sept. 17.
Anthony Romel Lugo, 20, of Killeen; evading arrest with a motor vehicle, Sept. 21.
Jessie Anthony Hanesbuth, 17, of Harker Heights, and Jason Michael Colson, 22, of Killeen; burglary of a building, Sept. 23.
Demitrius Antwan Henry, 34, of Killeen; unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, Sept. 26, enhanced to a first-degree felony with Henry's status as a habitual offender; charge carries a punishment range of 25 years to life in prison.
Kevin Lewis Caldwell, 29, of Killeen; unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, Sept. 26.
Travis Lee Leighton, 20, of Nixon; unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, Aug. 15 and unlawful possession of body armor by a felon, Aug. 15.
Ebony O. Wilson, 24, of Temple; forgery by passing, Aug. 22.
Walter Lewis Simmons, 41, of Temple; theft, over $1,500 but less than $20,000, Aug. 27; enhanced to a first-degree felony because of Simmons' status as a habitual offender.
David Crenshaw, 40, of Temple; aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Sept. 10.
Gumaro Gonzales-Rosales, 38, of Temple; sexual assault, Sept. 23.
Emory Paul Tindle, 32, of Temple; criminal nonsupport, Dec. 7, 2005.
Lee Dwayne Green, 48, of San Antonio; criminal non-support, May 31.
Randy Everette Allen, 49, of Belton; crminal nonsupport, June 26.
David Duayne McCorcle, 30, of North Carolina; criminal nonsupport, July 23.
Christopher Lee Mack, 25, of Copperas Cove; enhanced family violence assault, June 28.
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