HOUSTON – The seven men involved in the July 2017 armed
robbery of First Community Credit Union in Katy have been ordered to federal
prison, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. A jury deliberated for
approximately two hours following a four-day trial before convicting Walter
Freeman Jordan aka “Wacko,” 31, and Johnathon Nico Wise, 27, both of Houston,
on Jan. 25, 2018.
Both were charged and convicted of aiding and abetting
aggravated bank robbery. Jordan was also convicted of aiding and abetting the
unlawful use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence.
Five others - Jaylen Christine Loring, 22, Daryl Carlton
Anderson, 33, Deandre Bendard Santee, 27, Raymond Demond Pace, 21, and Zelmer
Samuel Bonner, 27, all of Houston, had pleaded guilty prior to trial.
Today, U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison, who presided
over the trial, handed Jordan a 262-month sentence for the bank robbery as well
as another 84 months for the firearms offense which must be served
consecutively. Wise received a 121-month-term of imprisonment. Both will also
be required to serve a term of five years of supervised release following completion
of the prison term.
Pace received a 50-month sentence for the underlying bank
robbery, while Loring, Santee, Anderson and Bonner were sentenced to 12, 105,
70 and 70, months, respectively. Pace and Bonner were also convicted on
firearms charges and each received 84 months which must be served consecutively
resulting in total sentences of 134 and 154 months, respectively.
At trial, the jury heard that at approximately 12:52 p.m. on
July 25, 2017, a stolen black Toyota Tundra drove to the front of the First
Community Credit Union located at 23120 Cinco Ranch Boulevard in Katy. Once
there, Jordan, Bonner and Pace entered the bank and ordered everyone to get on
the ground. While inside, Jordan and Bonner jumped the teller counter and
demanded credit union employees to open the teller drawers. When one of those
employees did not comply quickly enough, Bonner punched the employee in the
head while yelling “hurry up!”
Pace kept customers and employees on the ground during the
robbery. Soon thereafter, he yelled “the cops are down the street, let’s
The robbers were communicating with the lookouts - Wise,
Santee, Anderson and Loring - outside of the credit union via cell phone during
The robbers returned to the Toyota Tundra and fled the scene
along with three other vehicles – a silver Chevrolet Malibu, silver Nissan
Rogue and a maroon Volkswagen Jetta. Loring was apprehended a short time later
in the Malibu as was Anderson who was driving the Jetta. Shortly thereafter,
officers also stopped the Rogue and arrested Santee and Wise.
Authorities pursued the Tundra for 19 miles, which was
travelling at speeds up to 120 mph east on I-10. Authorities were eventually
able to apprehend Pace, Bonner and Jordan at the North Post Oaks Lofts
apartment complex in Houston. Officers located a Springfield semi-automatic
pistol from the Toyota Tundra as well as a Stoeger Cougar .40 Caliber
semi-automatic pistol from inside the apartment where Jordan had been hiding.
During trial, the jury heard from Loring and Anderson who
testified about the robbery plan and what transpired. Additional testimony came
from more than 10 officers as well as an expert who explained how the cell
phones were identified and used during the crime.
The defense attempted to convince the jury that Jordan and
Wise had been mis-identified and had no knowledge of the robbery plan. They did
not believe their claims and found them guilty as charged.
With the exception of Loring, who was permitted to remain on
bond, all have been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S.
Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The case is the result of the
Houston Law Enforcement Violent Crime Initiative created to proactively
fight violent crime across the Greater Houston area. The FBI and the Houston
Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Richard
D. Hanes and Heather Rae Winter are prosecuting the case.