SWAT Team Called in After Suspects Hold Victim Hostage
BIG SPRING, TX – The Big Spring SWAT team was called in to combat two men who held themselves up in an apartment they had just robbed.
According to the Big Spring Poilce Department, on January 9 at around 7:00 p.m., Big Spring Police Department officers were dispatched to the Knollwood Heights Apartments located at 1900 Martin Luther King Boulevard in reference to suspicious activity.
Upon arrival, officers made contact with an occupant of the upstairs apartment who informed the officers they were being robbed by two individuals, describing them as a black male and a Hispanic male. That occupant was able to escape, leaving two suspects and one additional victim inside the apartment.
Big Spring Police Department officers quickly established a perimeter of the apartment. Officers were capable of seeing inside the apartment through windows, corroborating the information received by the victim that had escaped. The Big Spring Police Department/Howard County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and Hostage Negotiators were immediately activated.
At that time, deputies with the Howard County Sheriff’s Office and troopers with the Department of Public Safety also responded to assist with the scene. Close proximity dwellings were asked to evacuate as a precaution.
After approximately fifty minutes after the original call, the second victim and two suspects exited the apartment together and the suspects were quickly taken into custody. The suspects have been identified as David Morales Jr., Hispanic/Male, 24 years of age, and Kevon Williams, Black/Male, 17 years of age.
The preliminary investigation revealed both Morales and Williams entered the dwelling with a firearm with the intent of robbing the residents of marijuana and money.
The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division and Narcotics Division responded and took over the investigation. Both Morales and Williams have each been charged with two counts of Aggravated Robbery, a Felony 1 offense. Morales was also charged with a Bondsman off Bond warrant and a Possession of a Controlled Substance PG1, over one gram and less than four grams, warrant.
This is an ongoing investigation and we expect additional charges to follow.
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