UPDATE: We are learning more about the three men investigators say bound up an elderly woman in her Judson home and robbed her Monday morning.
At about 5:15 Tuesday evening, Gregg County sheriff's deputies arrested 22-year-old Lorenzo Chester, of Longview, and 27-year-old Reco Lamont Chester, of Tyler. After issuing an arrest warrant, deputies arrested 26-year-old Cordero Deshayne Brown, at about 8 p.m. Tuesday at his apartment in the 600 block of Johnson Street in Longview.
Reco Chester is a registered sex offender who is also being held without bond on a Tyler Police Department warrant for aggravated sexual assault of a child. No other details on that charge are available at this time. In 2006, Reco Chester was convicted in Dallas County for aggravated sexual assault of a fourteen-year-old child. Despite a lifetime duty to register annually as a sex offender, Gregg County prosecutors said he failed to register with Longview police when he was living in Longview in 2009. In July 2010, Gregg County 188th District Judge David Brabham sentenced Reco Chester to two years in prison for failing to honor his duty to register as a sex offender.
Lorenzo Chester had a Longview police warrant for walking on the wrong side of the road. He is also serving a 10-year probation for his August 2011 conviction in Gregg County for burglary of a habitation.
Brown has been in the Gregg County Jail eight times since 2006, including in January 2012 when Gladewater police arrested him for theft of a firearm and unlawfully carrying a weapon. He has not been indicted on either of those charges. But in March 2009, Brown entered a plea agreement in 124th District Judge Alfonso Charles' court in which he pled guilty to deadly conduct - discharging a firearm - and accepted a 165-day sentence in county jail. In exchange, prosecutors dropped four obstruction/retaliation indictments against Brown.
According to an arrest warrant and complaint filed against the three men in 188th District Court this week, investigators say a neighbor called 911 regarding the welfare of a woman who lived on Judson Road north of FM 1844 at 10:39 a.m. Monday. The neighbor said he saw black men leave his neighbor's home in a white minivan, and he called police after he couldn't get his neighbor to come to the door, the complaint says.
Deputies found the woman, identified as J.Johnson, who is over 65 years old, in the garage of her home inside her vehicle's trunk, bound with tape around "various parts of her body," according to the complaint. Johnson told investigators that, between 9:15 and 9:30 Monday morning, she heard knocking on the front door that became louder. As she left her bedroom, she walked towards the front door and found in her hallway an individual, who grabbed her, shoved her up against a wall and took her into the dining room, holding a pistol to her head and threatening to kill her, the complaint showed.
Johnson told investigators that she was taken to the garage and placed in the trunk of her vehicle, with tape binding her wrists, knees, ankles and mouth, the complaint showed.
"Johnson stated that, which she was being bound, the black male told her that he would have to kill her since she had seen his face," according to the complaint. "He then looked over at a third individual and asked if he should kill her. Johnson stated that this third individual motioned indicating ‘no.'"
Investigators noticed that several drawers had been removed and contents dumped out throughout the house, and that cabinet doors had been opened and their contents rifled through, according to the complaint. Johnson told investigators that it appeared three flat-scree televisions, one firearm and items of jewelry had been taken.
On Tuesday, investigators met with the owner of a Gregg County business who said that, at about 11:15 Monday morning - less than 45 minutes after Johnson's neighbor called 911 - that three black men came into his business wanting to sell several jewelry items, according to the complaint. The business owner said he bought the jewelry and paid the men with a check, and the men provided identification cards of which the owner made copies, the complaint showed.
Investigators took photographs of the jewelry and showed them to Johnson, who identified several of the items as belonging to her, according to the complaint.
"I have also learned that the check provided to the three suspects was presented at a bank in Longview," Gregg County investigator Terry Mitchell said in his complaint. "On (Tuesday), I drove to the bank and reviewed the videotape portraying the cashing of the check. The videotape revealed a white-colored minivan pull into the bank parking lot." A bank employee who cashed the check identified the man who cashed the check as Cordero Brown, the complaint showed.
GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) - Bond was set Wednesday for three men accused in an home invasion where an elderly woman was tied up and put into a trunk.
Cordero Brown, Reco Chester and Lorenzo Chester are all charged with aggravated robbery, and bond for each has been set at $750,000, records show.
Reco Chester also has a hold for aggravated sexual assault. There is no bond set for the hold.
Shortly after 10:30 a.m. Monday, Gregg County Deputies and Texas DPS Officers responded to 6873 Judson Road for a reported burglary. Upon arrival, Deputies located the resident, an elderly female, bound in the trunk of her vehicle. The woman reported that three men entered her residence and then assaulted and robbed her. Afterward, she was bound with tape and placed in the trunk of her car. The suspects then took property from the residence and left the scene.