Five held in Friday pharmacy heist
Anita Miller - Managing Editor
The five suspects fled in all directions when police pulled up to the San Marcos pharmacy they’d just broken into early Friday morning.
Three hours later, they were all in custody — the result of a massive pre-dawn search through sleeping neighborhoods, across the interstate and into at least one open field that involved San Marcos Police from two different shifts, the Texas State UPD and the San Marcos Fire Department.
“There was incredible teamwork involved,” Assistant Chief of Police Bob Klett said, covering a significant geographic area. Klett praised the assistance of the UPD and SMFD along with “specialized units such as K-9, motors and criminal investigations,” for the roles they played in the case. “I am very grateful.”
The alarm at the Med Park Pharmacy on Medical Parkway, which was burglarized just last month, sounded at 3:52 a.m. Friday and police were on the scene within minutes. They found a vehicle with its engine running and a cloth obscuring its license plate, a broken window and a safe.
They set up a perimeter that included Broadway Street, Interstate 35 and SH 123. Though the search progressed through neighborhoods, the suspects were in custody before most people were starting to leave for school or work.
City spokesman Trey Hatt said the incident commander did not believe there was any risk to the public.
None of the suspects were armed when arrested. That happened for one of them at the hands of a K-9 officer and the dog Argus in a field across I-35 and behind the Hays County Government Center.
Another was nabbed by a motorcycle officer who happened to be conducting a traffic stop in the area shortly after 7 a.m. The three others were in the area of Broadway Street.
Nothing was missing from inside the pharmacy except for the safe.
The suspects, all of whom gave Houston addresses, are 25-year-old James Edward Jackson, 40-year-old Calvin Louis Clayton, 41-year-old Tyrone Donnell Anderson, 24-year-old Darion Marion Williams and 34-year-old Antoine Sharod Benson. Police said two are known gang members and the other three or suspected of belonging to the same gang.
They are charged with burglary of a building, evading arrest and engaging in organized criminal activity. Jackson and Anderson were also charged with drug possession. All remained behind bars on Saturday.