HOUSTON - Five area men have been ordered to prison for
their roles in a string of Houston-area armed robberies, including one in which
someone was almost killed, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Reshaun Lee Jenkins, 25, James Daniel Henderson, 24,
Ashton Armstrong, 24, Cedric L. Andrews, 44, and Bradley Alexander, 28, had all
previously pleaded guilty for their crimes as did Tadarius Robinson, 23, and
Joseph Adams, 34, both also of Houston, and Mik Yia Shua Faye Durden, 22, of
Livingston, and Travescy Cauley, 27, of Beaumont.
Today, U.S. District Judge Gray Miller imposed a total of
255 months in prison for Henderson. He was ordered to serve 51 months for the
robberies in addition to another 204 months, which includes 120 months for
discharging a firearm during the Wing Stop robbery and 84 months for
brandishing a firearm during the robbery of an El Mexsal Taqueria robbery. The
sentence for the firearm convictions must be served consecutively to each other
and the sentence imposed for the robberies, resulting in the more than
In imposing the massive term of imprisonment, the court
noted Henderson had been the shooter in the Wing Stop robbery at 10749 North
Freeway on Oct. 2, 2015, during which time an employee was almost killed.
Jenkins and Armstrong were both ordered to serve a total
of 141 months, while Andrews and Alexander received a total of 33, and 147
months, respectively. As part of their
sentences, Jenkins, Armstrong and Alexander were each required to serve 84
months consecutive to the sentences they received for the robberies for
brandishing a firearm during the robberies to which they pleaded guilty.
Adams had previously received a 36-month term of
imprisonment. Robinson, Durden and Cauley are still pending sentencing.
Robinson, Alexander and Armstrong committed an armed
robbery of a T-Mobile store located at 10730 Eastex Freeway on Sept. 27, 2015.
Armstrong had entered the store brandishing a firearm, while Robinson and
Alexander waited in the getaway vehicle. U.S. currency and cellular phones were
Three days later, Jenkins, Henderson, Armstrong, Durden
and Alexander robbed the El Mexsal Taqueria located at 5797 North Sam Houston.
Henderson, Cauley and Armstrong ordered the employees and customers to the
ground at gunpoint, while Durden and Jenkins drove getaway cars. Alexander
acted as a lookout during the robbery.
Robinson, Jenkins, Adams, Henderson, Andrews and
Alexander then committed the armed robbery at the Wing Stop restaurant located
at 10749 North Freeway on Oct. 2, 2015. Henderson entered the store with a gun
drawn. When an did not immediately get down on the ground, Henderson shot him,
causing permanent bodily injuries. Andrews and Adams were inside the restaurant
during the robbery, while Robinson, Alexander and Jenkins sat outside acting as
lookouts and the getaway driver. Alexander disassembled the firearm after the
shooting and threw pieces out of the car window as they fled the scene.
Finally, Armstrong, Durden and Alexander then robbed
Movie Magic at 6520 Airline on Oct. 9, 2015. Armstrong robbed the store at
gunpoint. As they fled the scene and Durden drove the getaway car, Alexander
fired his gun at a civilian who was chasing the robbers. Armstrong attempted to
fire at the civilian but his gun jammed.
The case is an example of coordination between law
enforcement who are part of the Houston Law Enforcement Violent Crime
The goal is to proactively fight and reduce violent crime across the Greater
Houston area by targeting the region’s most violent offenders, augmenting
investigative and prosecutorial efforts, and enhancing training, public
awareness and education.
The cases are brought as part of Project Safe
Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in
bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and
make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms conducted the
investigation in conjunction with the Houston Police Department and Harris
County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Richard Hanes and Heather
Winter are prosecuting the case.